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Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, Plummer

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The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes is a rail trail in Idaho, USA, which follows the former Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way from Mullan, a mountain mining town near the Montana border, to Plummer, a town on the prairie near the Washington border.The trail's 73mi route winds through the mountainous terrain of the historic Silver Valley, into the chain lakes region, along the shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene, over the Chatcolet Bridge to Heyburn State Park, and finally climbs to the Palouse prairie. Trail users can continue along a bike path in Washington that will eventually lead to Spokane.The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes includes camping facilities and rest areas regularly. The trail leads through protected marsh lands, offering the cyclist a glimpse of eagle and osprey nests, moose, elk, and a variety of ducks and other wildlife, as well as some rare species of wildflowers and accompanying butterflies as a result of the age-old soot from the old railroad.The trail is not only a recreational facility, but also a solution to environmental problems left behind by Idaho's mining industry. Silver, lead and zinc were discovered in the valley around 1884, and a rail line was built to access the mines around 1888. Much of the rock in the railbed was either waste rock from mines, or tailings containing heavy metals. The railbed was also contaminated with spillage from passing trains. To remedy these environmental problems, the Union Pacific Railroad, U.S. Government, the State of Idaho, and the Coeur d'Alene Tribe partnered to build a trail. The thick asphalt and the gravel barriers on the sides of the trail serve as a permanent cap to isolate contaminants from the surrounding environment.
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  • a lovely place to visit, the visitors station at coeur d'Alene was not a place to get information, for those not willing/interested in riding there and back I think it might be possible to stay in Wal...  more »
  • I have been on this trail several times on different sections. One ride was from Mullan all the way downhill for about 14 miles. Downhill is always less stressful. I have also taken the trail over the...  more »
  • My wife and I are leisure riders, so were looking for a short ride to enjoy the beautiful scenery. After renting hybrid bikes in Coeur d'Alene, we drove 45 min to Plummer, where there is a trailhead. ...  more »