July 24, 2011

Wallace Idaho

July 24, 2011 -Atv trails, Trail of the Coeur d’ Alene and Route of the Hiawatha bike trail

  Wallace has renowned ATV Jamborees thru out the year, with guided trail rides.  We missed it, but decided to venture out on our own. We camped north of town at Wallace Rv Park, and rode north on to trails.  We found, Dobson Pass trail- 24miles. We stopped for lunch and picked huckleberries for dessert.  Some trails are well used and others are fun to explore.  Some trails are the ATV kind and other will be old logging roads or gravel roads.  The terrain can be steep with wonderful views.  In the woods we found, snow, granite gulches, steep drop offs, vistas, dense forest, creeks, elk and bear tracks.
  You can even ride your atv downtown, or go thru town to other trail heads.  There are several Wallace, Idaho Atv web site on line.

Bear Grass flower

A bear was eating this flower , hence it is what Lewis and Clark named it “Bear Grass” We also rode our bicycles on the Trail of the Coeur d’ Alene. 72 miles of paved paths.

   But the best ride was the Route of the Hiawatha is operated by Lookout Pass Ski Area under a special-use permit of the U.S. Forest Service. Trail users must obtain and display trail passes, which cost $10 for adults and $6 for children aged 6-13 years. You must wear a helmet and have a light for the Taft Tunnel, which is a dark  1.6 miles long.  There are several trestles to ride across.  The grade is an easy 1.7%. If you don't want to ride up hill,  a shuttle bus provides transportation for riders and their bicycles.

                                                                   Looking down from the trestle, to a creek below!


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