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Coeur d'Alene, ID

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Coeur d'Alene

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The north Idaho panhandle city of Coeur d’Alene is the largest city in Kootenai County, but it’s also a satellite and bedroom community of Spokane, just 50 miles west over the Washington border. Coeur d’Alene has come into its own as a popular tourist destination. Its prime location on the banks of the sparkling glacial Lake Coeur d’Alene and surrounding mountains encourage limitless outdoor recreation opportunities, with scenic resorts serving as home bases. There are plenty of options for running in Coeur d’Alene, thanks to its centralized multi-use paths, abundance of trails, and scenic setting.

The most popular running routes in Coeur d’Alene utilize the North Idaho Centennial Trail, which runs along the lakefront close to the city center. Further south, the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes provides more miles on a paved rail trail. The best easy trail option close to the city is the scenic Tubbs Hill loop, but trail runners will find other options at the Mineral Ridge Recreation Trail, Canfield Mountain, and Farragut State Park

Car travel is usually the simplest and fastest mode of transportation in Coeur d’Alene. However, the CityLink bus system  provides free service across the Coeur d’Alene metropolitan area. For additional routes in the area, see our Spokane running guide.

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Tubbs Hill

Coeur d'Alene, ID

A great easy trail running option close to the center of the city. This ~2 mile loop on a gravel path wraps around the lakeside. More extension opportunities throughout the park. For a challenge, tackle the summit!
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Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes

Coeur d'Alene, ID

Another paved multi-use path just south of Coeur d’Alene, the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes follows 73 miles of the former Union Pacific Railroad corridor from Plummer to Mulan. The stretches along the lake are particularly nice. The Chatcolet Bridge is a highlight!
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Mineral Ridge Recreation Trail

Coeur d'Alene, ID

Mineral Ridge, located on Lake Coeur d’Alene’s Beauty Bay, has a lovely smooth 2 mile trail with fantastic views out over the water. Some hill work required. There are other trails in the area, including several forest service roads.
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Canfield Mountain

Coeur d'Alene, ID

There are lots of trail running options around the Idaho Panhandle National Forest, but Canfield Mountain is one of the most popular. We’ve mapped a gentle 5.4 mile route to “The Island” and back. A hilly route, climbing 1,000+ feet!
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Farragut State Park

Coeur d'Alene, ID

This beautiful state park to the northeast of Coeur d’Alene is a popular camping and recreation destination. There are over 45 miles of runnable trails, including The Buggy Trail and The Beaver Bay Shoreline Trail.
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Tubbs Hill

Coeur d'Alene, ID

A great easy trail running option close to the center of the city. This ~2 mile loop on a gravel path wraps around the lakeside. More extension opportunities throughout the park. For a challenge, tackle the summit!
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Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes

Coeur d'Alene, ID

Another paved multi-use path just south of Coeur d’Alene, the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes follows 73 miles of the former Union Pacific Railroad corridor from Plummer to Mulan. The stretches along the lake are particularly nice. The Chatcolet Bridge is a highlight!
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Coeur d’Alene has a good climate for running, with lots of sunny days. Summers are warm, dry and sunny, with temperatures moderated by the lake. Average high temperatures are in the low 80s (27C), and nights can get cool. Winter temperatures average a bt above freezing during the day and just below it at night. An average of 25 inches of precipitation falls annually, with summers much drier. There are 32 inches of annual snowfall.

Most hotels in Coeur d’Alene are located right in the center of the city, with a few budget options along the I-90/US-95 intersection and more nearby in Post Falls. See coeurdalene.org for a comprehensive list of lodgings.

Fleet Feet Sports is the primary running store in Coeur d’Alene. They host the Loose Moose Run Club Tuesday nights, Saturday mornings, and on select Sundays.

You’ll also find gear at Big 5 Sporting Goods, Tri State Outfitters, Black Sheep Sporting Goods, Finish Line, and more.

Coeur d’Alene is also home to the trail running group, Trail Maniacs. There are more group running options nearby in Spokane.

 

Coeur d’Alene has an Ironman competition and several other small events throughout the year.

You can also find more races nearby in Spokane.