(Spokane, WA. to Cda, Idaho)
Hit the road jack, and I bet you'll be back!
The Centenial Trail is a 81 mile non motorized path connecting Spokane to Coeur d'Alene and for the most part is along side the Spokane River. Walk/run, in-line skate, or bike, but get out there and enjoy it. There are places to canoe, kayak, rock climb, fish and swim along the way. Log on the website for a map with access points and choose a manageable stretch to explore. Five mile to Post Falls is considered the Centenial Trail (37 miles) and Post Falls to Cda (24 miles) is considered the North Idaho Centenial Trail. So you better get busy, thats a lot of trail to cover. Its always been peaceful regardless of the 1.75 million people that access this trail every year. Keep your eye open for wildlife and know there's plentiful places for the perfect picnic. We like to to start at Minihaha rock climbing area and continue on to a stop at the Rocket Bakery for a little snack. The trail has both urban and rural stretches so you decide you're looking for a total nature trek or bakeries by bicycle.
(Published in Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine, November 2008, Best of)