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    Visiting Coeur d'Alene next week. Hoping to catch a good ride Friday...

    Hey guys,

    Name's Mike and I'll be in town working the Ironman race next weekend. It'll be my second Ironman race at CDA and after hearing my glowing reviews of the area the Mrs decided she needed to check out how beautiful Coeur d'Alene is for herself.

    We'll be coming in town Tues and while the weather looks like it's gonna be less than stellar we'll have Tues, Wed, and Thurs to enjoy some hikes or a mildish bike ride for the Mrs.

    I take her back to Spokane early Friday morning so have all day Friday to shred before I start working on Saturday

    My buddy here in Phoenix, Mark, is from there and recently got up there and rode with tim208 and had a good time. Mark and I are very similar riders in what we like to ride and how quickly and well we can accomplish it so if Tim's up for dragging another Phoenician around the woods I should be ready.

    I'll need a rental. I ride a Pitch now (6" AM bike) so something similar if we stay in town. Mark rented his Enduro from TWD so that may be an option. Other suggestions are welcome.

    Looking through some more of this forum I see a place an hour and a half north called Schweitzer Mountain Resort which looks like it'd be a blast but checking their website it appears that it's still snowed shut? In June? That seems unreal. The snowboarding must absolutely rock if the snow sticks around that long.

    Anyway, back to CDA. My buddy Mark recommended CDA Mountain. Reading more of your forum I see Canfield seems to be popular. I like technical trails. Won't be launching any road gaps but jumps and drops are always a blast.

    If anyone is up for showing me around Friday afternoon or at least providing me with good enough intel so that I don't get lost I'd appreciate it

    Here's a video of one of our favorite trails so you kinda get a grip on our style of riding here in Hell (Phoenix):

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    Trail 257 Beauty Bay Idaho Trail Reviews

    Looks to be very close to CDA Mountain and Mineral Ridge both of which were recommended by Mark for biking and hiking respectively. I like the description except for the 2400' of climbing to earn your downhill I'd likely have nothing left. Most of our climbs around here are well under 1000'. It's a tough, technical climb but not as much elevation. But, at least it won't be in 100º weather and I'll have most of the day to get it done...

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    Shameless plug but we have some *****in Demo bikes at TWD. I don't think our stumpy 29er is rented this week, call us and have me check on availability and size though.

    If you wanted to do some early morning rides, I am trying to do some Canfield rides before the shop opens at 10. I also might be able to setup a shuttle on Thursday for Cda mountain if I can get my buddies rounded up. Upper Caribou is an all time epic trail and the lower section is a trust test of ballsyness.


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    Hey Nick, I was unsure of whether or not I'd head up your direction but I just googlemapped it and you're like 15 minutes from downtown CDA. Easy... My Pitch is a large but I'm right between L and XL so I opted for the smaller cockpit of the L. Was kinda hoping to try an Enduro since the new EVO looks like it might be pretty close to a do-it-all bike for me.

    Early morning rides would be perfect, actually. The Mrs doesn't like to get up terribly early, especially when it looks like it's gonna be rainy. I can go ride and likely be back before she's ready to go anywhere. Just like at home. What's early for you guys up there? I see sunrise is 5a.

    Canfield sounds good. I know it's a popular trail. The shuttle of CDA also sounds good. Mark told me it's a fun ride but some work to get there. Are there maps of Caribou? That sounds awesome although I may have to judge how well I'm feeling up there before I commit to such a big climb.

    BtW... I'm not the slowest guy you'll ride with but I'm sure I won't be able to keep up with you guys...

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    Quote Originally Posted by big0mike View Post
    Hey Nick, I was unsure of whether or not I'd head up your direction but I just googlemapped it and you're like 15 minutes from downtown CDA. Easy... My Pitch is a large but I'm right between L and XL so I opted for the smaller cockpit of the L. Was kinda hoping to try an Enduro since the new EVO looks like it might be pretty close to a do-it-all bike for me.

    Early morning rides would be perfect, actually. The Mrs doesn't like to get up terribly early, especially when it looks like it's gonna be rainy. I can go ride and likely be back before she's ready to go anywhere. Just like at home. What's early for you guys up there? I see sunrise is 5a.

    Canfield sounds good. I know it's a popular trail. The shuttle of CDA also sounds good. Mark told me it's a fun ride but some work to get there. Are there maps of Caribou? That sounds awesome although I may have to judge how well I'm feeling up there before I commit to such a big climb.

    BtW... I'm not the slowest guy you'll ride with but I'm sure I won't be able to keep up with you guys...
    Its ~10-15 mins to get to the shop from Downtown.. I also work in a restaurant in downtown CDA and make the drive daily. Its a quick shot right up Highway 95.

    We used to have a XL enduro, I will check what all we have available today, I know we just build a XL carbon 29er enduro for the sales floor.

    And I wont be up at 5, but the shop opens at 10 so I am normally riding at 7-7:30 to get my ride in and get back to the shop on time..

    And the climb up CDA mtn isnt that bad, it will be our only option if its only 2 of us, But we will see if I can convince my buddies to get a shuttle going so we can fit in 3 or 4 laps with the cars... It will give me a reason to take a day off work from the shop as well..

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    Quote Originally Posted by swan3609 View Post
    And I wont be up at 5, but the shop opens at 10 so I am normally riding at 7-7:30 to get my ride in and get back to the shop on time..
    Cool... just checking. Here in the summer we start right at sunrise to avoid the heat. I keep testing the waters with my crew on a 3a or 4a Magicshine ride but no one has bitten yet

    Quote Originally Posted by swan3609 View Post
    And the climb up CDA mtn isnt that bad, it will be our only option if its only 2 of us, But we will see if I can convince my buddies to get a shuttle going so we can fit in 3 or 4 laps with the cars... It will give me a reason to take a day off work from the shop as well..
    Yeah, he said it wasn't too bad but was all the flowy, downhill stuff so he didn't want me to think it was all a cake walk. It'll be much easier once I get out of this 100º heat. Of course, there it's like 80% humidity so...

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    I am planning on riding cda mtn Wednesday morning and the wife and I have plans for a shuttle run on cda mtn Wednesday night, you are more than welcome to tag along, if you like.

    and yes, the high elevation stuff still has some snow.

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    Options are great! I guess a lot depends on what the demo is gonna cost me. Not sure I wanna pay for the demo bike for three days and from the looks of it the weather may not want me riding all three days.

    I think ideally I'd pick up a bike Wed night , ride Thursday (CDA or Canfield with Nick) and then explore Caribou Friday on my own (or with anyone that wants to tag along) so I'd (hopefully) only rack up two days rental.

    But, the Wed evening CDA shuttle sounds promising. I'm thinking even my Mrs might be able to handle that. There's not a lot of chunk or technical stuff from what video I've seen of it. She doesn't ride much, unfortunately. I'll test those waters tonight. What time would you start?

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    Quote Originally Posted by big0mike View Post
    Options are great! I guess a lot depends on what the demo is gonna cost me. Not sure I wanna pay for the demo bike for three days and from the looks of it the weather may not want me riding all three days.

    I think ideally I'd pick up a bike Wed night , ride Thursday (CDA or Canfield with Nick) and then explore Caribou Friday on my own (or with anyone that wants to tag along) so I'd (hopefully) only rack up two days rental.

    But, the Wed evening CDA shuttle sounds promising. I'm thinking even my Mrs might be able to handle that. There's not a lot of chunk or technical stuff from what video I've seen of it. She doesn't ride much, unfortunately. I'll test those waters tonight. What time would you start?
    If that's the case with the wife, do not take her on the lower part of 79 (caribou ridge) take her on 257 instead. Trust me on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by formica View Post
    If that's the case with the wife, do not take her on the lower part of 79 (caribou ridge) take her on 257 instead. Trust me on this.
    After reading the description of Caribou I had no intention of taking her on it. I've "made" her fall down enough times to know better.

    I know we're gonna hike Mineral Ridge and since it's right in the middle of town we'll likely get up Tubbs Hill. What's 257?

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    I am actually thinking I might try for a Wednesday ride. That way we could hook up with Tim and it would be better for my work schedule. I have 2 or 3 buddies that are down to shuttle, we could crank out a few laps easily with that many people..

    And lower caribou is hairball. Not novice friendly if you do make a mistake. But 257 is wife/gf great material. Both trails are on CDA mtn.

    And we don't have a enduro test bike anymore, camber 29er, stumpy 29er and a demo 7.

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    Demo would be fun but probably WAY overkill for anything I'll ride while there. I've ridden a Camber and it's got a pretty steep head angle. And not as much suspension. Stumpy 29er it is. Not that it matters much but is it the regular or EVO version?

    So, are you talking hooking up with Tim and shuttling Wed morning or Wed night with him and his wife? If in the morning will I need to pick the bike up Tues evening before close? I'm bringing my Spike pedals so I'll want them thrown on.

    I'm getting ready to head to the airport but I'll check back this afternoon when we get to La Quinta. Looking forward to this. Hopefully, the rain isn't too terrible

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    My buddies said no go on Wednesday. So my plan is Thursday morning sometime. Bummer and I would have liked to hook up with Tim and his wife.

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    Shuttle or pedal Thursday?

    I've got the smallest rental car I've ever seen. A little Fiat somethingorother. Not sure if I can cram a bike, let alone two, into it. Just checked and it's a 40 minute ride on the roads back to La Quinta.

    You guys know anything about riding in Spokane? I was just thinking it would be ideal if I dropped the Mrs off Friday morning and found a lift assisted park to rent and ride for the afternoon.

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    What do you want to know about Spokane riding? Beacon Hill has techhy-bermy-flow XC with climbing, plus some push up ride down downhilling. Riverside State park has tons, miles and miles of singletrack, mostly very easy. The only lift assist around is at Silver Mtn, which is about 1 hr 15 mins from Spokane on the freeway.

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    Man, what happened to that park on the north side of Tubbs Hill? They've totally chopped it up... to make another park? How do we get onto the Tubbs Hill Trail(s)? I saw a paved path that looked like it went around the hill by the library. Does that eventually hook up to an actual dirt trail up the mountain?

    On Spokane I was just curious if there's somewhere near it or CDA that I can park this little midget car, rent a bike, and be on the trails without having to worry about transporting the bike in the car. I saw Silver Mountain and that would be ideal except that the lift isn't running Friday and that would be the day I have to ride it. I'm sure finding a lift running during the week is not going to happen except at Whistler...

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    Visiting Coeur d'Alene next week. Hoping to catch a good ride Friday...

    No mountain bike rentals in Spokane.

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    go to the 11th street trailhead for tubbs, the park is out with the old in with the new.

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    Re: Visiting Coeur d'Alene next week. Hoping to catch a good ride Friday...

    Cool. I'll look for that in a while. Just got done hiking Mineral Ridge

    Is it possible or advisable to rent a bike from the bike shop by Silver Mountain and ride/push it up the mountain to hit the DH trails since the lift won't be running Friday?

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    OK, still trying to figure out this Caribou Ridge thing. Maps are scarce...

    Visiting Coeur d'Alene next week. Hoping to catch a good ride Friday...-caribou-ridge2.jpg

    I found the above map somewhere which leads me to believe I have two options:

    1. Climb 79 then come back down it. This may be a good option, even if it's more difficult, because I'll get to see what is going to cause me the pain that will ensue.
    2. The other is pedal all the way up the road and take 439 across and hope I can find 79. Then bomb down it. This is good because I won't be able to see anything beforehand so nothing will be playing mind games with me. But, that's likely a LONG, BORING climb on the road.

    Is this the most accurate map and do I have this "plan" right?

    Still gonna have trouble getting a bike into this midget clown car. Likely have to take both wheels off and drop the front passenger seat.

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    ewww. don't climb up caribou. climb 257 all the way to 439. Take the road all the way to the top (where it says 4439) drop all the way to the picnic area. cross the road to 79. drop 79.

    don't fall off Caribou. It is like the Portal in that part of it is on a cliff.

    Too bad you aren't riding Sat or Sun. I would take ya if you were.
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    Tim, ride report? My 66 is all clean right now and I don't really want to go slop around in the mud that I think is up their right now.

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    very wet shuttle run last night. we did the top down to the picnic area, down 79 to 258,257. you will be soaked, mainly from the brush you bust thru that is hanging down or over the trail. but very fun if you like to get wet and muddy.

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    Yikes! I don't mind riding in a little rain but not sure I enjoy getting soaked and muddy. Especially when it's only 50º out. I hope this stuff lets off a little. Earlier in the week it looked like it'd be bright and shiny on Friday. Now it looks like it's gonna rain all day.

    Sorry, I didn't see your PM until late last night, Nick. If it looks like it may let up I think when I return the Mrs to the airport on Friday I'll upgrade the vehicle to something that can hold a bike and come see you. Not sure I wanna be slogging around in the rain on trails I don't know that are dangerous to begin with.

    We found the 11th St TH so we are gonna go hike that in a little while...

    Yeah, I wish I could ride on the weekend myself, Visicypher. Doing what I do I get to enjoy some of the places I visit but the hours I work mean I can't always enjoy it with other people when they'd normally be enjoying it, too I work 10a - 5p on Saturday but that doesn't leave a lot of time after to pickup a bike then ride. I'll be up Sunday by 4:30a and won't get back to sleep before 1a on Monday.

    I could ride Monday morning 'cause my flight doesn't leave until 3p but the weather looks like it's gonna clear up a little for Sat & Sun then turn to crap again Monday.

    Guess I'll see what happens tomorrow morning...

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    welcome to North Idaho, we are a very wet place. remember if you do get out, that trees don't give.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Visicypher View Post
    ewww. don't climb up caribou. climb 257 all the way to 439. Take the road all the way to the top (where it says 4439) drop all the way to the picnic area. cross the road to 79. drop 79.

    don't fall off Caribou. It is like the Portal in that part of it is on a cliff.

    Too bad you aren't riding Sat or Sun. I would take ya if you were.
    I forgot to ask, if I take your route I still have to pedal up the pavement to catch 257, right? Just making sure there's not trails out there that aren't marked on that map. Never seen or ridden the Portal but I'll try to keep my ego in check.

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    welcome to North Idaho, we are a very wet place. remember if you do get out, that trees don't give.
    Yeah, I've had a couple runins with trees in Flagstaff. Not super soft. My first time out here was two years ago and it was beautiful the entire time. Must've been a fluke then...

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    You'll be pedaling up dirt, not pavement.

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    Re: Visiting Coeur d'Alene next week. Hoping to catch a good ride Friday...

    I was just there hiking Mineral Ridge and unless you pick up that trail (257 or 275? Don't have the map in front of me) somewhere other than what's on the map I have to ride the paved road to get to it, no? If it picks up right at the campground that would be great. The map doesn't make it look like that, though.

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    beauty creek road is paved to the top of the ridge. 257 trail head is about 3 miles past the beauty creek campground.

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    Doh, sorry. Wasn't paying attention. Although with the size of the chuck holes, you'd think it was dirt...

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    Yeah, I tagged one of them potholes in the little Fiat and had to check if there was any body damage...

    Getting psyched to do it provided the weather cooperates a little.

    Just got back from parading around Tubb's Hill in the rain. Wasn't too bad actually except for the first little bit where the brush and plants are soaking wet and right on the trail. Got the feet soaked nicely and just about the time they dried off we had to make it back through that stuff to get out, thoroughly soaking the feet again.

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    your feet will be soaked. most of the trails around here get overgrown with brush. A very simple solution is to put a plastic bag over your sock and then into your shoe. works well. I usually keep a couple in my cambleback. plastic produce bags work well, but you can use the grocery store bag also.

    also rain gear is a must to me, in this type of weather.

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    here's another not-great map
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    So I wake up and get ready to take the Mrs to the airport. Weather.com says 40%+ rain at 10a and later. After two days of hiking in the rain I was not in the mood for any more of that. Took her to the airport. Came back and had my free breakfast at LaQuinta and took a nap. Awoke around 9a to BRIGHT sun shining in the window. WtF? I hop on weather.com again and it's partly cloudy with 0% rain until 4p. HELLS YEAH! Packet my sh|t up and headed to Super 8 to drop my bags off and then to Two Wheeler Dealer. Sorry I missed you at the shop this morning, Nick...

    A young, tall kid with glasses tried to give the Camber but I knew the Stumpy was gonna be marginal, the Camber would not be up to it. He looked around some more and found a mustard yellow & black Stumpy 29er with a Command Post. If I can't have an Enduro this will have to do. Pulled both wheels off so it'd fit in this tiny clown car and headed to the trail head.

    I shot a BOAT LOAD of video on my way up 257 which is why it was bearable. Stopping every 200 or 300 yards to setup a shot is a darn good way to catch your breath. Got to the top of 257 (I think now that maybe I wasn't) and was about to sh|t myself 'cause I had no idea where to go because I was expecting double track that would lead me to the picnic area and then 79. I'm looking both directions when I see the little slats of wood tacked to the tree that says 79. That's the way I sent. I found out when I got to the end of that trail it was 258 but then I again had NO IDEA where I was or where I needed to go. I figured I had to head west to catch 79 but was still keeping an eye out for the picnic area.

    Somewhere before the end of 257 and when I got on 258 I realized I was probably gonna get eaten by a bear out here... So, I started coughing and clearing my throat periodically. Then started to whistle as I ran down the trail. Didn't see any bears

    So, I'm heading west from 258 on some unnamed trail and I start heading DOWN. Sh|t, I don't think I should be headed down yet and certainly not in the southern direction. But, it was my only option. Then i finally come to another large clearing with an option heading north as well as continuing west and I stop.

    Now I'm really frustrated. Nothing here is marked either. I'm taking an educated guess on this one but I think from where I'm at on the mountain and where my Garmin shows me to be that I need to take the north trail. So, I do...

    Turns out I was right on the guess. Thank God I brought the Garmin, had it turned on, and it didn't lose the satellites at all.

    At this point I still don't know if I'm right but I'm hammering down this trail now and due to the lengthy climb that I'm not used to I'm just exhausted. I handle most stuff easily until I come to that right handed switchback with the tree root step in the middle of it. I sit there and make several run ins at it but no matter which way I go, low or high, my tires are slipping all over the place. My stomach isn't willing to commit so I mutter some unsavory words to the camera and continue on.

    It's about this time that I'm realizing how beat I am. I'm making lots of mistakes 'cause I don't have the energy to ride this stuff properly. It certainly didn't help that just about everything that my tires touch that isn't dirt is slippery as sh|t on a shovel. The Purgatory's were not up to the task of traction in those conditions. In all honesty, I'm not sure if any tire can give traction under these circumstances.

    So, I'm beat and all this slippery sh|t is just pissing me off... Making mistakes... Just making this trail look embarrassingly difficult. Probably the last 1/3 of 79 I walked many of the tech spots just 'cause I was beat and didn't wanna risk going down the side of the mountain because there's no traction available.

    I did my best to video as much on the DH as I could but my energy was just so low that for a lot of it I just kept the Chesty on and went until I had to walk a section.

    All in all it was a pretty fun day even considering how beat I was which forced me to squash my ego. Not a huge fan of the slippery roots and rocks and now I know why I see threads here and there about what tires to use on slippery roots and rocks

    Hopefully, I'll have time to throw a video together this evening but I'm pretty sure the connection here at Super 8 isn't going to like uploading a big video. May have to wait until I return to Phoenix and a real connection.

    Thanks to all you guys that gave me the intel that got me on and off the mountain. And thanks to TWD for the cheap rental!

    Now I get to start working the Ironman race...

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    Mike, I apologize for disappearing. I had a family emergency and I had to take off and drive to cali. Shitty deal and I am sorry I couldn't show you around.

    But glad peter got you setup on the stumpy and you got a ride in. If you come back next year, I will show you around.

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    No biggie, Nick. Sorry to hear about the family emergency. Hope everything works out...

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    Took a little longer than I thought. Originally had over 15 minutes of decent clips. Cut it down to 9... Hopefully, you can bear the length

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    Ahh. Made me so happy to listen to you coming down caribou. I sound the same way at times on that trail. But is love it. It's much greener and overgrown since I rode it last. Have to get out there and give her a trim.

    Believe it or not, I have cleaned that trail without unclipping a few times when I really am in the zone. But then I have also had days where I end up 20ft down the hill wondering what the hell just happened.

    Good to hear you had a good time and hit us back up next year, I am always around and ready to ride (baring any family emergencies)

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    Quote Originally Posted by swan3609 View Post
    Believe it or not, I have cleaned that trail without unclipping a few times when I really am in the zone. But then I have also had days where I end up 20ft down the hill wondering what the hell just happened.
    I believe it. I'm pretty certain I could clean it all under better circumstances; i.e. not so wet and slippery. The only place that gave me pause was the one tight, right handed switchback with the big root-step in the middle of it. I set the camera up and made several runs at it but could never get a clean entry into the corner. And, given that there was very little room for error on the bottom half I didn't want to wind up injured half way down the mountain with no certainty that I'd see anyone for days. An OtB is very possible there.

    Some of the other places I walked (like the very last scene) I did simply because the rocks and roots where so slick I knew the possibility of sliding down the mountain was way to real for someone that had a job to do the following day

    Hopefully, I'll be back next year for the race. The Mrs has also commented that because it was so rainy and dreary during her visit she was owed another visit under clearer skies. So, it may just be sooner that next year.

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    it is very interesting to see the backyard thru the eyes of someone who hasn't been here. Nice vid, you only made it up to the halfway point on 257 but the ride you did is a good after work ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim208 View Post
    it is very interesting to see the backyard thru the eyes of someone who hasn't been here. Nice vid, you only made it up to the halfway point on 257 but the ride you did is a good after work ride.
    Way to crush me! So, 257 kept going where I took 258? I wasn't sure but I didn't see any other signs besides what was marked for 79.

    Well, at least I know if I get back up there next year what an "easier" ride is to you... I think if it hadn't been so slippery I would've had a better run at the downhill.

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    you and mark need to come out in summer, and I will show you around.

    Signage is not always done well here, I was actually surprised to see them up this year, but anyway, when you hit the dirt road you would keep going 50 yards the way the trail spit you out and find the trail that keeps going up to the ridge road.

    Personally I don't get what all the endure craze is all about, that is all we do here, is peddle up and bomb down. been that way since the late 80's.

    I can also gurantee that I have wrecked way bigger than you did on 79. Falling off the side while still clipped in is not fun.

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    I like the outtakes and the sound bites at the end the best - he rides just like the rest of us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim208 View Post
    I can also gurantee that I have wrecked way bigger than you did on 79. Falling off the side while still clipped in is not fun.
    My best "wreck" I didn't even put in because it didn't look like squat from the Chesty angle.

    There was a section of the ups and downs and I paused to look at the next particular down after getting up. Narrow section trail, of course, with the exposure on the left. I stopped right next to a sawed off tree stump and, like I'd do anywhere else with a rock or log or mound of dirt, I put my left foot up on the stump so I was still seated while I surveyed and planned my line. When I was ready to roll I pushed away from the log with my foot to stand the bike up and get my foot on the pedal. And my foot promptly slid COMPLETELY off the stump and I started to fall off the edge.

    Luckily, there was a 3" diameter tree within grasping distance and it was thick enough to hold me even though the bike was now laying on the ground, flat against the tree stump that just tried to kill me, with my legs intertwined with the bike. Took me a bit to get a leg free and upright the bike but without that little tree I'd've been WAY down the side of the mountain.

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    I like the outtakes and the sound bites at the end the best - he rides just like the rest of us!
    Glad to hear it. I actually have been trying not to swear so much but it doesn't work for long. Especially when I'm tired.

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    Yo Tim,
    I will be in CDA June 24 thru Aug. 6 we will have to hook up for a few rides. You ever do Schweitzer? I would like to do that one of the days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJRDR View Post
    Yo Tim,
    I will be in CDA June 24 thru Aug. 6 we will have to hook up for a few rides. You ever do Schweitzer? I would like to do that one of the days.
    TWD doesn't have an Enduro demo anymore If you make it to Schweitzer, though? SWEET. Would have loved to done that! Jerk

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    Quote Originally Posted by big0mike View Post
    TWD doesn't have an Enduro demo anymore If you make it to Schweitzer, though? SWEET. Would have loved to done that! Jerk
    We do have a demo 7 though that would be great at Schweitzer.

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    I am out of town july 28-aug 1, so we should be able to hook up. You know where to find me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swan3609 View Post
    We do have a demo 7 though that would be great at Schweitzer.

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    TWD I will be visiting you guys what bikes do you have to rent. I saw Mike got a stumpy 29er I would be with that or similar bike. I prefer a medium big but large will work. Mike come on up when I there can do the slopes together.

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    TWD I will be visiting you guys what bikes do you have to rent. I saw Mike got a stumpy 29er I would be with that or similar bike. I prefer a medium big but large will work. Mike come on up when I there can do the slopes together.
    I wish...

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    would you be better flying your bike up? get a bike box from the bike store and check it in as baggage. than you have a bike when ever you want, not just rental days.

    I don't know how much rentals are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim208 View Post
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    would you be better flying your bike up? get a bike box from the bike store and check it in as baggage. than you have a bike when ever you want, not just rental days.

    I don't know how much rentals are.
    US Airways charge $200 each way. Unless I can get it in a smaller box removing fork and get it under 62 inches in length. But my bike is the SX trail really not the best bike for up there with all the climbing and trying to keep up with you. It would be really nice to have a bike I could grab when ever I needed it. TWD was really reasonable last time I was there hopefully I can do a similar deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJRDR View Post
    US Airways charge $200 each way. Unless I can get it in a smaller box removing fork and get it under 62 inches in length. But my bike is the SX trail really not the best bike for up there with all the climbing and trying to keep up with you. It would be really nice to have a bike I could grab when ever I needed it. TWD was really reasonable last time I was there hopefully I can do a similar deal.
    50 a day. We will cut you a deal if you want to do a week or so. I know we will do 150 for a week on a road bike, probably similar on a 29er stumpy.

    I'll buy some gas if we want to shuttle on Sunday/Monday or Thursday.

    I missed mike when he came through due to family emergency, but I'll show anyone else around if you come into town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swan3609 View Post
    50 a day. We will cut you a deal if you want to do a week or so. I know we will do 150 for a week on a road bike, probably similar on a 29er stumpy.

    I'll buy some gas if we want to shuttle on Sunday/Monday or Thursday.

    I missed mike when he came through due to family emergency, but I'll show anyone else around if you come into town.

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    That sounds great, I like to climb, but shuttling can be awesome as well. Yeah you guys treated me really well the last time I was there. Be great to ride with you I'm sure I will be able to do some of those days you mentioned. Maybe even get Tim to join. De-rail-er good drink.

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    broke the main pivot on my genius. i will probably be on my backup bike, the giant nrs-1

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    broke the main pivot on my genius. i will probably be on my backup bike, the giant nrs-1
    That happen to you the last time I was up there. You having to use your backup bike.

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    Re: Visiting Coeur d'Alene next week. Hoping to catch a good ride Friday...

    If someone sweet talked me/bribed me, I have a large SB-66c that I could loan out.


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    If someone sweet talked me/bribed me, I have a large SB-66c that I could loan out.


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    I am thinking a Thursday ride, you guys available that day. I will head to TWD Wednesday to make sure I have a bike. If I have a bike in hand Thursday should be could for a ride.

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    A buddy and I are talking about a Thursday after work ride and than Saturday the wife and I and some others are going to shuttle lost creek ridge. classic north Idaho ride, you are more than welcome to come with on either day mark. Once I get back from my trades show, I don't know what I got going. But the next weekend I might have to be up the cda river for a family thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim208 View Post
    A buddy and I are talking about a Thursday after work ride and than Saturday the wife and I and some others are going to shuttle lost creek ridge. classic north Idaho ride, you are more than welcome to come with on either day mark. Once I get back from my trades show, I don't know what I got going. But the next weekend I might have to be up the cda river for a family thing.
    Sounds good, I am on vacation so unless the family has something planned I don't know about I should be pretty free. I will touch base with you when I get in town and take it from there. What time is an after work ride? Shuttle on a new trail sounds like a good time. Would that be morning or afternoon ride?

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    Thursday night, will probably be 5; 5:30. I will post on here, once I know for sure.
    Saturday will be most of the day. the end point of the ride is an hour from town, time to shuttle, ride, etc it will be most of the day. leave around 8 get back around 4 something like that. But you won't have to go back up the road. We can leave your rig at the bottom and you can drive back from there and I will run up on an atv to get my truck. So you should be back mid afternoon.

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    I work at 5 on Thursday at my second job. I am free all day from the bike shop though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swan3609 View Post
    I work at 5 on Thursday at my second job. I am free all day from the bike shop though.

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    Tim got the bike at TWD riding in the morning with Nick,I hope to.have enough energyfor the 5:30 ride

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJRDR View Post
    Tim got the bike at TWD riding in the morning with Nick,I hope to.have enough energyfor the 5:30 ride
    Your going to be hurting after Canfield and cda mtn. Glad to see everyone putting the hurt on you. :-P
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    Quote Originally Posted by swan3609 View Post
    Your going to be hurting after Canfield and cda mtn. Glad to see everyone putting the hurt on you. :-P
    Wow you were right about hurt-in. So climbed to the top of CDA mountain muscles were kicking back near the top. But the down hills there are awesome. Muscles were even hurt-in on the way down, but the downhill was so good kept the muscles in check. So awesome first day of riding and the bike I rented worked out very well. Two excellent rides. Thanks Nick, Tim and John.

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    Another visitor to CDA this week. My day to ride is Thursday 8/12.
    Based on Big0Mike's descriptions and the trail review on this site it sounds like this will work ?

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    Drive to Beauty Bay on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Park at Beauty Bay campground. Elevation 2150’.
    Ride up paved road 2.6 miles, elev 2600’and find a small parking area on left side of road. On right side find trail 257 dropping into creek.
    Climb single track thru woods to an abandoned logging road crossing,at 4.2 miles, elev 3280’.
    Turn left on road, ride about 150’; before small stream turn right back on ST.
    Climb to road 439 intersection where trail dead ends at 5.1 miles, elev 3700’
    Turn right on road, ignore 2 logging spurs coming in from the right.
    At first left turn, mile 6.6, elev 4130’, turn left towards hidden summit.
    At mile 7.0, elev 4350’, turn right on single track just before clearing at summit.
    Descend to junction with trail 79 and 227 at 7.2 mile, 4220’ elev.

    And then take trail 79 by NOT taking the left turn ?

    Judging by Mike's map, it looks like trail 257 parallels road 438 most of the way up ?
    I realize Mike missed the turn to keep going up on 257, not sure at what point the trail he is calling 258 turned into 79 carboo ridge although I guess it doesn' matter.

    And 79 drops you back to near the start of the 257 trailhead ? (Because I hate riding road and would rather park at the TH if that's where I'll end up).

    Another version of the directions - "climb 257 all the way to 439. Take the road all the way to the top (where it says 4439) drop all the way to the picnic area. cross the road to 79. drop 79."

    Any good place to grab a map in town or online ? I'll actually be staying at Hayden lake if that matters. Appreciate any advice as I don't have a GPS or a cyclocomputer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Preston View Post
    Drive to Beauty Bay on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Park at Beauty Bay campground. Elevation 2150’.
    Ride up paved road 2.6 miles, elev 2600’and find a small parking area on left side of road. On right side find trail 257 dropping into creek.
    Climb single track thru woods to an abandoned logging road crossing,at 4.2 miles, elev 3280’.
    Turn left on road, ride about 150’; before small stream turn right back on ST.
    Climb to road 439 intersection where trail dead ends at 5.1 miles, elev 3700’
    Turn right on road, ignore 2 logging spurs coming in from the right.
    At first left turn, mile 6.6, elev 4130’, turn left towards hidden summit.
    At mile 7.0, elev 4350’, turn right on single track just before clearing at summit.
    Descend to junction with trail 79 and 227 at 7.2 mile, 4220’ elev.
    Wish I would've seen those directions

    Quote Originally Posted by Preston View Post
    Judging by Mike's map, it looks like trail 257 parallels road 438 most of the way up ? I realize Mike missed the turn to keep going up on 257, not sure at what point the trail he is calling 258 turned into 79 carboo ridge although I guess it doesn' matter.
    257 intersects the road and heads away from it. The first 2.some miles was riding the road, not 257. If you follow my track you can see me following the road then abruptly take a right. That's where you start climbing.

    When I got to the "abandonded logging road crossing" there was a sign pointing west that said 79. I was hoping that was 439 but didn't think so just from the descriptions I read. The leg leading south had nothing indicating what it was or where it was headed so I followed the only sign that denoted my intended destination. I continued on that logging road to another intersection. That's where I saw the sign that indicated I had just traveled 258.

    At the end of 258 I could go either east or west. I had no idea what trail this was, again I hoped it was 439 but didn't think so, but I knew I needed to go west so that's where I went.

    It headed west only briefly and then began to descend to the south. I started wondering if this was correct but knew that in the worst case I'd have a several mile road ride back to the campground so continued on instead of climb back up that section. Eventually, it returned to it's westerly direction and then I found the intersection where I started my swearing sailor impersonation. That's when I consulted the GPS and confirmed that I needed to go north even though 79 wasn't marked.

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    And 79 drops you back to near the start of the 257 trailhead ? (Because I hate riding road and would rather park at the TH if that's where I'll end up).
    No, 79 kicks you back out at the Beauty Creek Campground which is 2-3 miles from where you indicated you'd be parking. Which, by the way, I didn't see anywhere to park near the 257 TH. It's not really even a trailhead. That's just where it starts.

    Park at the campground. You'll be riding the road either at the beginning or end of your ride. I hate the pavement as well but it was about as easy as could be. And I sure wouldn't wanna cap off a great ride with 3 miles of stinking pavement.

    Quote Originally Posted by Preston View Post
    Another version of the directions - "climb 257 all the way to 439. Take the road all the way to the top (where it says 4439) drop all the way to the picnic area. cross the road to 79. drop 79."
    That's basically what I was trying to do. The logging road (258) and lack of signage screwed me up.

    Quote Originally Posted by Preston View Post
    Appreciate any advice as I don't have a GPS or a cyclocomputer.
    I was pretty sure I knew where I needed to go but I'm really glad I brought my Garmin. The trails aren't signed for sh|t so even if you have a map it may still be a crap shoot that you think you are where you actually are. All the maps I had showed no existence of 258. Maybe an LBS has an actual good map. The maps I found weren't great.

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    I just watched the video - you don't look anything like your picture.
    That was pretty sweet though, gives a real feel for the trail.
    Hope I don't get lost !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Preston View Post
    Another visitor to CDA this week. My day to ride is Thursday 8/12.
    Based on Big0Mike's descriptions and the trail review on this site it sounds like this will work ?

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    Drive to Beauty Bay on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Park at Beauty Bay campground. Elevation 2150’.
    Ride up paved road 2.6 miles, elev 2600’and find a small parking area on left side of road. On right side find trail 257 dropping into creek.
    Climb single track thru woods to an abandoned logging road crossing,at 4.2 miles, elev 3280’. See directions in blue type.
    Turn left on road, ride about 150’; before small stream turn right back on ST.
    Climb to road 439 intersection where trail dead ends at 5.1 miles, elev 3700’
    Turn right on road, ignore 2 logging spurs coming in from the right.
    At first left turn, mile 6.6, elev 4130’, turn left towards hidden summit.
    At mile 7.0, elev 4350’, turn right on single track just before clearing at summit.
    Descend to junction with trail 79 and 227 at 7.2 mile, 4220’ elev.

    And then take trail 79 by NOT taking the left turn ?

    Judging by Mike's map, it looks like trail 257 parallels road 438 most of the way up ?
    I realize Mike missed the turn to keep going up on 257, not sure at what point the trail he is calling 258 turned into 79 carboo ridge although I guess it doesn' matter.

    And 79 drops you back to near the start of the 257 trailhead ? (Because I hate riding road and would rather park at the TH if that's where I'll end up).

    Another version of the directions - "climb 257 all the way to 439. Take the road all the way to the top (where it says 4439) drop all the way to the picnic area. cross the road to 79. drop 79."

    Any good place to grab a map in town or online ? I'll actually be staying at Hayden lake if that matters. Appreciate any advice as I don't have a GPS or a cyclocomputer.


    I like this route better, instead of turning left on the road turn right, that road is about 3 or 4 miles, pretty flat is also pretty much single track on old road, ride to the end of the road and the trail turns left up the hill. Stay on that trail and you will come to a junction where you can go left up to picnic area or right takes you down to 79 ridge. If you continue up to the picnic area you can cross the road climb about the same distance it was in the other two climb sections. You come to a fork in the trail near the top where a trail turns to the right. Awesome downhill which takes you down to a logging road. Take a left on the logging road and it circles around back to the picnic area. You will see a trail to the left that would take you back down to 257, really fun fast downhill. Or continue up the road tell you hit the picnic area and go down Caribou 79. If you take Caribou 79 if you miss the right hand turn coming down you end up in a campfire picnic lookout area you went to far. You will need to go back up the road 200 yards and the trail will be on the left going up the road. Hopefully I just didn't confuse the heck of, if your in Hayden you can stop by the Two wheeler Dealer on Hayden rd and the 95 they now the trails.

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    Actually it turns out I will be staying in Hauser and driving I90 to 97, if there are any savvy bike shops along that route. Won't be making it up to Hayden.

    Your directions are interesting and in general make sense but it would sure be nice to see a map of all this. I mean, a map that shows the trails and roads - the online stuff like Mike's map helps a little bit but isn't showing the trails.

    After all this research I'm kind of committed to this ride but just wondering if this is the best backcountry/epic/gnarly ride in this area ? Just wondering if there was anything even more awesome.

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    I'd like to stick to a one hour drive from Hauser which is exit 2.
    But, come to think of it, I've already put too much effort into researching this to go gallivanting off on some other quest, the reviews are pretty good and there is an option for multiple laps of something, so I'm good. Family will be waiting for me to get back as it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Preston View Post
    Actually it turns out I will be staying in Hauser and driving I90 to 97, if there are any savvy bike shops along that route. Won't be making it up to Hayden.

    Your directions are interesting and in general make sense but it would sure be nice to see a map of all this. I mean, a map that shows the trails and roads - the online stuff like Mike's map helps a little bit but isn't showing the trails.

    After all this research I'm kind of committed to this ride but just wondering if this is the best backcountry/epic/gnarly ride in this area ? Just wondering if there was anything even more awesome.
    I guess it depends on your definition of backcountry/epic/gnarly is. I think CDA mountain was the funnest, there is another drop off where I told you go to the top of the mountain take a left and head down tell you hit the logging road. I wanted to hit that trail but didn't make it drops down the other side of the mountain and I think you have to climb back out. I don't know that I would call CDA a back country ride but just a really nice trail. Lots of climbing, good descending. Rode it 4 different times when I was there. I did Lost Creek that seem like more of a back country ride, we shuttled it, but Tim has ridden the loop. 12 miles up country rode, 9 mile descendent with 1500 ft elevation gain after your 12 mile climb the descendant has a few up hills. Bernard Peak was also a good back country ride. Make sure you take a swim in lake CDA when your done with your ride, nothing better.

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    Thanks for all the tips guys I had a really nice ride today, the loop was a bit shorter than I thought and I was too wuss to explore the other ideas so afterwards I drove up the road and did another OAB on 257 which was really swoopy and fast.

    When people say a trail is gnarly I'm kind of ho hum as I like to think I ride a great deal of gnarly, but coming down the ridge was a bit sketchy at times.

    And of course I didn't skip swimming in the lake alongside the highway there.

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    I figured it would be short for you. I am glad you liked the N. Idaho version of gnarly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Preston View Post
    Thanks for all the tips guys I had a really nice ride today, the loop was a bit shorter than I thought and I was too wuss to explore the other ideas so afterwards I drove up the road and did another OAB on 257 which was really swoopy and fast.

    When people say a trail is gnarly I'm kind of ho hum as I like to think I ride a great deal of gnarly, but coming down the ridge was a bit sketchy at times.

    And of course I didn't skip swimming in the lake alongside the highway there.
    So did you go up past the picnic area, agree with you on 257 puts a smile on your face. Glad you made the dip in the lake, perfect after ride activity.

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    Wow. Tons of good info on this thread. I'll be in Spokane next week and looking to rent and ride. Looks like no rentals in Spokane, and Harrison is one of the closest. How far are trailheads from TWD?

    Anybody down to ride between Sunday Sept 15 -Wednesday Sept 18?

    Nick - anywhere I can see the rental stock? Med. fs 4-6". Would love to try SB95.

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    Visiting Coeur d'Alene next week. Hoping to catch a good ride Friday...

    I d call Harrison. I'm fairly certain they would only be renting bike path bikes.

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    I ended up riding at Silver Mountain today. Excelsior Cycles was the only place that I could get confirmation on a FS rental, so thats why I ended up riding there. The lift was closed, so I was able to get a good bit of cardio in by riding up one of the downhill trails. I've never ridden a lift for mountain biking, and I enjoy long climbs, so I was pysched. There was a fair bit of hike-a-bike involved, but it was a pretty straight forward climb. 5 miles and 2,000 vertical. I took Alhambra down. Really fun, lots of berms and switchbacks. Great dirt too. Solid 5 miles of cruising down.

    The guy at Excelsior (Mike, I think) was really helpful and gave pretty good directions and tips on where to ride. The cost of the rental was a very reasonable $40 and the shop is right on the bike path that links up with the trails (or the lift). I ended up renting a Giant Yukon FS. 4" FS. Really basic. Non-adjustable fork, mechanical disk brakes, and low end Avid shifters. Definitely not the best bike for these trails, but it was still fun. Definitely made me appreciate my bike.

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    Re: Visiting Coeur d'Alene next week. Hoping to catch a good ride Friday...

    Sorry I was absent from the thread for a while.

    For future sake, anyone that gets into this thread and wants more info on trails, renting bikes, or anything else, give us a call at the shop or stop by we are on the corner of Hayden Ave and Hw 95.. Any of us can help you with rentals and we should be able to point you to some trails in the area.


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    great dirt up there yesterday, get it while the colors and dirt are awesome.

    got my elk so I was able to sneak out on the last ride of the year for me. Time to chase big bucks and let the snow fly.

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