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Idaho Selkirk Loop

Summary

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Northern Washington and Idaho are possibly the closest you’ll get to heaven on a bike. Miles of scenic roads, pristine scenery, summer sunshine, endless visatas, and a paved bike trail make this region a cycling paradise! It’s all about the rivers and lakes and mountains: the Bitterroot, Selkirk and Cabinet ranges, spectacular Lake Coeur d’Alene and Lake Pend Oreille, nestled in the mountain ranges of Idaho’s panhandle. The tour includes a day on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes bike path along the Coeur d’Alene River as well. Breathe deep, ride hard and soak up day of glorious views!

Recreational, Road bike
7 days
624 km / 388 mi
$ 3,974.-
  • Kettle Falls
  • Colville National Forest
  • Oreille River: spectacular birding and wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Pend Oreille River: Spectacular birding and wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Deposit 25%

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Details

Type
Recreational, Road bike
Duration
7 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Moderate
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
60-80 km / 37-50 mi
Total distance
624 km / 388 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Deluxe, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Included
Dates
24 Jun 2023 - 30 Jun 2023
19 Aug 2023 - 25 Aug 2023
Start
Kettle Falls
Finish
Spokane
Airport at start
Spokane
Airport at finish
Spokane

Prices *Please note the prices are subject to change depending availability*

Price per person / please note the prices are subject to change depending availability
The tour price per person
$ 3,974.-
E-bike rental
E-bike Fastroad E+ EX Pro or E-bike THRIVE E+ EX Pro
$ 200.-
Optional
Single supplement
If you travel alone a single supplement is charged. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
$ 1,273.-

Itinerary

Included / Not Included – lodging


Day 1: Begin in Kettle Falls and along the Columbia River

The Selkirk Mountains range (pardon the pun) into eastern Washington, northern Idaho, and southeastern British Columbia. Begin your week of cycling in Kettle Falls, Washington. Prior to 1941, when the Grand Coulee Dam was erected and this portion of the upper Columbia River was transformed into Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake, a major waterfall plummeted nearly fifty feet carving out “kettles” in the quartzite rock below. Cycle a lovely loop along both sides of the river today and spend the night at the Comfort Inn in Colville, WA.
Distance 71 miles (or less) Elevation +3,470 ft / -3,531 ft (or less)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Lodging: Comfort Inn

Day 2: Pedal through million-acre Colville National Forest

Cross from the Columbia River basin to the Pend Oreille River watershed today on a quiet and scenic route through the heart of Colville National Forest – a “gift” from Theodore Roosevelt which is now over a million acres in breadth. This amazing and remote habitat is the home of the last remaining herd of caribou in the lower 48 states, as well as most of the wolf packs in Washington State. Natives revered this region for its salmon, wild huckleberries, and camas prairies – the bulb from this beautiful blue lily was their most important source of carbohydrates. After visiting Metaline Falls, enjoy tranquility, and a gorgeous river setting at the Riverview Motel in tiny Ione, WA (Pop. 375).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Lodging: Riverview Motel
Distance: 72 miles (or less) Elevation: +4,777 ft / -4,291 ft (or less)

Day 3: ride down the Pend Oreille River into Idaho and enjoy a sunset wildlife viewing boat ride.

If you didn’t do the Metaline Falls and Sullivan Lake loop yesterday afternoon, you will want to do it this morning before heading down the Pend Oreille River. If you rode it yesterday, you’ll know that it’s so nice that you just might want to pedal it again today! For unique views we recommend going in the opposite direction around the loop. Local natives once referred to the Pend Oreille River as simply The River. Today, outdoor enthusiasts often refer to it as The Zoo for its spectacular birding and wildlife viewing opportunities. Cross into Idaho and stay at the modest but comfortable Eagles Nest Motel in Priest River where you can join the owner for a sunset wildlife viewing boat ride.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Lodging: Eagles Nest Motel
Distance: 87 miles (or less) Elevation: +3,907 ft / -3,798 ft (or less)

Day 4: Ride along the Pend Oreille River to Sandpoint, Idaho

Today we continue down the Pend Oreille River to Sandpoint, Idaho nestled up against the Selkirk Mountains and the shores of Lake Pend Oreille. Simply put, it’s a lovely ride to a lovely town that is not to be missed. In 2013, USA Today put Sandpoint on its list of “10 Picture-Perfect Mountain Towns” and Men’s Journal described it as “urbane and cultured,” declaring it “Idaho’s Hippest Mountain Town”. We think you will agree! Spend the next two nights lakeside at the Best Western Edgewater Resort.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Lodging: Edgewater Resort
Distance: 47 miles. Elevation: +2,398 ft / -2,478 ft

Day 5: Explore Sandpoint. USA Today named it the nation’s “Most beautiful smal town.”

Explore Sandpoint today. Riding, hiking, golf, or fishing – take your pick from a bevy of options for things to do on your own. Surrounded by the Selkirk, Cabinet and Bitterroot ranges, Sandpoint is also home to Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort, Idaho’s second largest ski resort after Sun Valley. If mountaintops are your thing, shuttle (or pedal) up to the resort and enjoy a complimentary lift-ticket to see the fabulous views from the top. Hike or ride the lift back down. Lunch and dinner are on your own today.
Meals: Breakfast. Lodging: Edgewater Resort

Day 6: Ride south: quiet, scenic roads lead to the beautiful resort of Coeur d’Alene.

Sixty-five miles of scenic side roads wind south from Sandpoint to the idyllic resort town of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Early French-speaking fur traders called the local peoples the Coeur d’Alene (translation: “awl heart,” meaning ‘sharp-hearted’ or ‘shrewd’). spectacular birding and wildlife viewing opportunities is one of the most spectacular places in the Idaho Panhandle. It’s the perfect place to watch tonight’s sunset. Stay at the historic Roosevelt Inn.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Lodging: Roosevelt Inn
Distance: 65 miles. Elevation: +1877 ft / -1790 ft

Day 7: Ride the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes before heading back to Spokane for your homeward flight.

Ride the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes before heading back to Spokane for your homeward flight. This may be the flattest ride in Idaho. The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes bike path follows the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way along the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene, into the Chain Lakes region and the historic Silver Valley. You won’t have time to ride the whole thing today, but it still makes the perfect last-day finale ride. And gives you a reason to come back!
Meals: Breakfast
Distance: 46 miles. Elevation: +578 ft / -572 ft

* This is a general itinerary. Tour itineraries are subject to change based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances such as the weather, local conditions, government intervention, that may affect the quality of the trip and/or safety of the participants. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.

included

Lodging
All breakfasts and lunches, except one lunche and one dinner.
Road / hybrid bike included, E-bike rent possible
Luggage transfer

Not included:

Night before and after the tour.
Flights to and from the tour
Gratuities guides

Lodging:

Comfort Inn
Riverview Motel
Eagles Nest Motel
Edgewater Resort
Roosevelt Inn

Vaccine or test: A negative Covid test will be required within 72 hours of departure for all non-fully vaccinated guests. or Proof of a completed Covid vaccination course can be used in lieu of a Covid test. A "completed Covid vaccination course" means that the guest has had 1 or 2 shots (depending on vaccine brand) and has completed the 2-week waiting period post final shot.
All of our guides are fully vaccinated.

Map & Routes

Map
Satellite

Bicycle

road-bike-344x268 A road or Hybrid bike is included in the price,
E-bikes
are available for an extra fee.
Prior to your bike tour, we request your height in order to choose the right frame size for you. (If you have a fit sheet or sizing information on your personal bicycle, you are welcome to send that to us, and we will do our best to match your geometry and specs.) On the first day of each bicycle tour, your guides tweak your bike fit to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. If they can’t get the fit just right, we typically carry a couple of extra sizes. We try to make sure we have the right size and type of bike you need to enjoy your cycling vacation.

Giant Defy ADV 3

Choose the longer route. Climb higher mountains. This all-new endurance road bike is purpose-built to help you tackle long-distance road rides in all types of conditions. It’s smooth, it’s efficient, and it’s fast.
Ride farther and faster with an all-new composite frameset that’s engineered with endurance geometry and built-in compliance. Handcrafted with Advanced-grade composite material, it’s engineered with tube shapes that are optimized to absorb road shocks and vibrations. And the frame is still stiff in all the ways that matter—for pedaling efficiency as well as steering and cornering precision. It’s made with a specific carbon layup to give it just the right feel. And for added control, it features integrated disc brakes with flat mounts and 12mm thru-axles. The D-Fuse Seatpost and handlebar system also help reduce road vibrations, adding to its smooth, compliant feel on the road.
Components: Giant Conduct disc brakes, Shimano Tiagra groupset, 50/34 cranks, 11 x 34 cassette, Giant S-R2 tubeless wheelset 700x28c

Hybrid / flat Bar Road bike

The perfect balance of road bike speed and city bike versatility. Built on a lightweight ALUXX SL aluminum frameset, this new flat-bar road bike puts the rider in a comfortable position that’s smooth and efficient. The fast-rolling 700c wheels and vibration-absorbing composite D-Fuse seatpost help smooth out rough roads. The fast-rolling 700c wheels can accommodate large tires up to 32c, perfect for tackling rough roads with confidence and control, while integrated ergo bar ends keep your hands comfortable on longer adventures. Powerful disc brakes give you added control in all types of weather, and easy-to-use rack mounts make FastRoad SL a smart choice for commuting, fitness riding and weekend adventures.
E-Bike Thrive E+ EX PRO
With THRIVE E+ EX PRO, you get an all-access pass to speed no mater what your fitness level
Designed with Liv’s 3F Design Philosophy, Thrive E+ EX Pro is the first road E-bike built specifically for women. Get up to speed fast with the new SyncDrive Pro motor that provides a natural, yet powerful, E-bike experience. The new motor also features a Smart support mode that automatically adjusts the support level based on your ride. PedalPlus 6-Sensor Technology translates six measurements about your riding and adds the perfect amount of power at just the right time for a fast and fluid ride quality. The EnergyPak Smart 375 battery is so sleek, you’ll have your friends looking twice to know it’s an E-bike.
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