Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes
Enaville to Cataldo
1316 Coeur D'Alene River Rd, Kingston, ID 83839 (Approximate)
Easy to Find | Ample Parking | Restrooms | Restaurant
The Enaville Trailhead is our runner up for The Cycle Haus’s Best of the Trail: Best Trailhead. Although there are fancier trailheads, we chose this Trailhead for one important reason: This is where the Trail of the Coeur D Alenes starts to get awesome – Like A River Runs Through It awesome.
In this area the South Fork and the North Fork of the Coeur D Alene River merge into a beautiful wild Idaho river. Starting in Enaville, the trail will follow the river until its outlet in Harrison.
This trailhead features restrooms and picnic tables. The picnic tables are located slightly down the trail to the west. Across the street from the trailhead is The Snake Pit, the oldest continuously operating restaurant in Idaho. This can make Enaville a great midway stopping point for those completing the entire trail.
There are restrooms at this trailhead and there is generally ample parking. This trailhead is not recommended for large RV’s, trailers, or other large vehicles that need pull through/circular parking. This parking area is a dead end.
The trailhead is very easy to find. Travelling eastbound on I-90 from Spokane or Coeur d’Alene, take exit 43. Turn left on Coeur D Alene River Rd. The trailhead is in approximately 1.3 miles on your left. If you pass the Snake Pit you’ve gone too far.
Travelling westbound on I-90 from Montana, take exit 43. Turn right on Coeur D Alene River Rd. The trailhead is in approximately 1.1 miles on your left. If you pass the Snake Pit you’ve gone too far.
The Ride - Enaville to Cataldo
The ride from Enaville to Cataldo is runner up in The Cycle Haus’s Best of the Trail: Best Section of Trail. The North Fork and the South Fork of the Coeur D Alene River merge near the Enaville trailhead. From there, the trail follows the river, wetlands and forests of the river valley.
Enjoy cinematic scenery of the Coeur d Alene River as you cross two trestles. Be on the lookout for fly fisherman who often frequent this area.
Take a moment to pull over on this section of the trail and just enjoy the tranquility of the rivers edge. There are picnic tables at Blackwater Bay (mile 45.6), Gap Rock (mile 44.3) and Pine Meadow (mile 43.6).
Although the southern part of the trail near Harrison is famous for its wildlife, its not uncommon to spot a moose on this section of the trail as well. Look closely in the wetlands – moose will often wade up to their shoulders in the summer months.