Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  

Go Back   > > >

Pacific Northwest Idaho | Oregon | Washington | Alaska

User Tag List

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-17-14, 08:00 PM   #26
Senior Member
dbikingman's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Spokane/Tri-Cities WA
Bikes: mountain bike, road bike
Posts: 1,365
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
If you have seen this blog it might interest you. It involves rails to trails, great photos, and a little history about trains. The guy who wrote the articles likes trains too. This particular trip might be too much given you longer journey.

On another point if you travel on Hwy 20 you will practically end up in Sandpoint.

If arrive in Spokane the trip to Sandpoint is possible there are a couple of options depending where you start from.

If you want to go east on I90 here is my recommendation for going into MT. I'm not sure what it is like once you get into MT, it isn't as direct as from Sandpoint.
idaho-montana day 6 in Thompson Falls, MT | MapMyRide
WTB SPD pedals style???
"I've been dropped a lot of times, but it's never been because of my bike." DXchulo
dbikingman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-14, 10:20 PM   #27
Black wallnut 
Senior Member
Black wallnut's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Ellensburg,WA
Bikes: Schwinn Broadway, Specialized Secteur Sport(crashed) Spec. Roubaix Sport, Spec. Crux
Posts: 2,938
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 56 Post(s)
If it were me... Spokane to Sandpoint would be SR 290 (WA) Idaho 53, 41, 54, 95. Actually beeter would be Centennial Trail to Post falls then north to 53. Just last weekend I rode the centennial trail from Spokane Valley to Post Falls and back.

Link to the Milwaukee RR

In Washington it iron Horse State park west to the Columbia then it is the john Wayne Trail. The map shows spur lines to Spokane and Cd'A Id. however I'm faily certain that the rails to trails Fish Lake trail out of Spokane does not exactly connect. Something to research further.
Sir Mark, Knight of Sufferlandria

Last edited by Black wallnut; 04-17-14 at 10:32 PM.
Black wallnut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-14, 10:25 PM   #28
Senior Member
toolbear's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: San Juan Islands of WA & Newport Beach, CA
Bikes: HP Velotechnik Scorpion FS trike, Specialized FSRxc Expert, Swissbike LX folding hardtail, Dahon Speed 7 folder
Posts: 469
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
The John Wayne Pioneer Trail east of the Columbia is an adventure in itself. 4" tires and a Surly Long Haul Trucker seem to work on the ballast. The services are few and far between. Just finding water can be an issue.

This chap did it and produced a very informative account. I'd do it with a fully equipped sag wagon and bike shop.

Arlington, over Cascade Pass and on to Spokane, then onto the Centennial Trail there sounds better. Then you connect to the North Idaho Centennial Trail, work over to the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes and on to Montana. There are a number of good trails in the Spokane - Silver Valley area. The TCdA is a tourist attraction.


26InchSlicks: Crossing Washington State On The John Wayne Pioneer Trail
toolbear is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:39 PM.

  • Ask a Question
    get answers from real people!
Click to start entering your question.