Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes
Harrison to Heyburn
Harrison Marina Trailhead
250 W Harrison St, Harrison, ID 83833
Easy to Find | Plenty of Parking | Beach | Restrooms
In some senses the entire town of Harrison is a trailhead. Cyclists commonly park throughout town to begin their ride. The official trailhead is located at the Harrison Marina. The parking in this area is not clearly marked so it can be difficult to decipher what parking belongs to the trailhead, what parking belongs to the Marina, and what parking belongs to the City RV Park. Given this, we recommend just parking on the street in town where there is abundant parking and very generous parking rules. If the streets are full, follow the “Overflow Parking” signs for parking at the old schoolhouse. Not sure where to park? Come visit us at The Cycle Haus and we’ll point you in the right direction.
The trailhead is located right next to Harrison City Beach. If you’re interested in cooling off in the lake, this is one of the best places to do it on the trail. There are also restrooms and picnic tables at the trailhead.
The City of Harrison is friendly to RV’s, Campers, and Trailers. There are multiple options for pull through streets. The City of Harrison also hosts an RV Park with a few tent sites. Overnight parking is allowed on some city streets, but not all. Look for signage to this effect.
To get to the trailhead from Spokane or Coeur D Alene, take I-90 East. Take Exit 22 for Wolf Lodge/Hwy 97. Follow the curvy, but beautiful highway along Lake Coeur D Alene until you reach the town of Harrison. Turn right on Harrison St which swoops to the right to the Marina.
Coming from Montana or the Silver Valley take Exit 34 for Hwy 3. Follow Hwy 3 until you reach a Y in the road. Turn right onto Hwy 97. Once you’ve reached the town of Harrison turn left on Harrison St which swoops to the right to the Marina.
Note that The Cycle Haus Shuttle stop for Harrison is The Cycle Haus, not the Harrison Trailhead.
Streetview: Harrison Marina Trailhead, Harrison ID
Google Map: Harrison Marina Trialhead, Harrison ID
A charming historic town at the confluence of the Coeur D Alene River and Lake Coeur D Alene. Home to The Cycle Haus.
Welcome to Harrison – Home of the Cycle Haus! We hope you enjoy our small town of 229 permanent residents. With its location on Lake Coeur D Alene and the Trail of the Coeur D Alenes it is a prime destination for boaters and bikers alike.
Although Harrison is a very small town, it packs a punch. Enjoy Restaurants like The Cycle Haus, Rowans Island Grill, One Shot Charlies, or the Lakeside Bar & Grill. Get dessert at the Harrison Creamery. Need a few snacks or a 6 pack of beer? Check out the Harrison Trading Post. Pick up Trail of the Coeur D Alene souvenirs at The Cycle Haus or Kindred Spirit.
There are multiple lodging options in Harrison. The City of Harrison hosts an RV Park and campground. Hotels/B&B’s include the Lakeview Lodge or The Osprey Inn. There are also multiple AirBnB’s/VRBO’s throughout town.
If you need a coffee, beer, or bite to eat, come see us at The Cycle Haus Restaurant. Need a bike rental, bike accessories, shuttle service, or emergency bike repairs? Come see us at The Cycle Haus Bike Shop. The Cycle Haus is located at 100 N Coeur D Alene Ave Harrison, ID.
The Ride - Harrison to Heyburn
This section of trail is the winner of the Best of the Cycle Haus: Best Section of Trail. Although there are stunning sections of trail elsewhere, we felt that nothing could compete with riding along the shores of Lake Coeur D Alene, crossing the lake on a spectacular 100 year old trestle, and concluding at Idaho’s first state park – Heyburn State Park.
If you are riding the Trail of the Coeur D Alenes for the first time, and only have a few hours, this is the section of trail we recommend for your ride. You will not be disappointed. The only downside is that due to its popularity the trail can be crowded in the Summer months, especially during the popular riding hours of 10AM – 1PM. Riding in the early morning or evening can be a great way to avoid the crowds.
The ride begins at the Harrison Marina. 3.2 miles south, at mile 12.1, is “A Familiar Place” a wayside stop with restrooms and picnic tables. Continue on to approximately mile 8.2 where you will begin to cross the lake on the Chatcolet Bridge. As soon as you cross the bridge you are entering Heyburn State Park. There are two trailheads at Heyburn State Park: The Chatcolet Lake Trailhead at mile 7.2 and Plummer Point Trailhead at Mile 6.0. There is no trailhead parking between Harrison and Heyburn, so you’ll need to choose one of these trailheads to access this section of trail.
As you cross the Chatcolet Bridge, be on the lookout for Great Blue Heron. Approximately 35-50 pairs of breeding Herons can be found in and around Heyburn State Park.
The Chatcolet Bridge
The landmark of the Trail of the Coeur D Alenes
Built in 1921 for Union Pacific Railroad, the Chatcolet Bridge spans across Lake Coeur D Alene. As part of trail construction in the early 2000’s, the former swinging bridge was raised and fixed in place to allow boat traffic to traverse beneath it. The former operator’s hut on the top of the bridge was preserved.
Today, the bike ride across the Chatcolet Bridge is spectacular. The trail slowly gains and then looses elevation. This takes place over dozens of small humps or mini-hills, giving you the feeling that you’re on a roller coaster or flying across the Lake.
Take a moment to stop at the top of the bridge to take in the spectacular views of Lake Coeur D Alene, Lake Chatcolet and the St Joe River Valley.