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Coeur d'Alene River Trail 309 back

Average Rating:    (5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

Find trail on the information board side of road just South of information board. Trails climbs, drops, contours, sidehills, and crosses several slippery rock creeks for 6.1 miles to intersection of road 412 at Jordan Camp. Cross road and rejoin river trail. At mile 7.4 the junction with Alden Creek takes off to right which climbs out of the river bottom. Continue on the river trail. From here on the trail turns pretty technical requiring strict attention at times to your Ps and Qs as the trail is scratched into the mountain side, a mental lapse could land you on a rough ride to the river. At 14.8 miles the trail dead-ends at Big Meadows road 3099. Turn left (South) and climb up out of river bottom. Drop down into Devil Creek drainage, cross the bridge, climb around 1000 vertical feet up to ridge. Pass road 205 to Devil Peak on your right. Pass road 412 going off on your left. Shortly you will come to an unsigned intersection with a jeep road leaving the logging road on your left. The map shows this to be trail 309. Turn left, dropping down and then a short climb up to a helispot. Continue out the ridge on a quad track a short ways and the trail drops down and climbs briefly on a now single track. Continue as the trail undulates briefly and then drops steeply to a crossing of Cataract Creek. At the creek turn upstream (right) for about 150 feet and see the trail across the creek. A way trail exists in the creek bottom that has been used by lots of elk and very little human traffic. Finding the creek crossing requires some exploring to find but it is on the far bank and is very visible. Begin a short climb and a descent to cross an unnamed small stream. The trail becomes a hike a bike climbing about 400 feet up to a ridge. From the ridge the trail drops down a wonderful single track. At an unsigned single track junction, turn right and drop a short distance down to the Coeur d’Alene River road. Turn left and coast about ¾ mile back to trailhead.

The trail from Jordan camp to Big Meadows is quite challenging due to exposure and sketchy trail. When in doubt hike a bike. Take lots of water. The trail crosses several streams that could be filtered for drinking water. Mileage 26.9, elevation gained: 3870, actual ride time 4 hours.
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Latitude
47.81315451752768
Longitude
-116.3232421875
Trail Directions
Drive I-90 to exit 43, Kingston, turn North on Coeur d’Alene River road. Drive upstream to mile marker 47 and park at information board on right side of road.
Trail Length
26.9miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Kingston
   


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Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

Review Date
August 5, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Ajax29 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The Coeur D'Alene river trail to Jordan camp is superb, a little bit of everything. From Jordan Camp to Big Meadows is all as described and more. But the day we rode Trail 309 there were 30 downed trees,and the descent to Cataract Creek is a long brake-locking slide. I wish there was another back other than the road. On a warm day if you look at the scenery, and take any time to cool off in creeks this not a 4 hour ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Shoshone Ridge Trail



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Review Date
July 21, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: JP Nuts ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Doozie of a ride. Read description. Parts of river trail beyond Alden Creek rate a 5 technical. Aerobically it will beat you but lacks steep long single track for a 5 rating; a 4 beats you pretty good. Overall rating of a 5 is for challenging single track, single track after the climb out of Cataract Creek is really sweet.

Recommended Route:
As described

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lost Creek, Trail of Two Creeks and a River, short version of Coeur d'Alene River Trail



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