“An all-day ride along the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River.
— MTB Project Staff
This is a great route along the North Fork. Much of the ride sidehills along the river, and the trail tests you all the way around.
Park along the road a little past mile post 48. The shoulder is wide on both sides and offers lots of room for parking. The trail isn't heavily used, but occasionally you'll see hikers and bikers.
The trail takes off uphill from the south end of the parking area on the east side of the road. You'll get your first taste of the occasional short sharp climbs and the log water bars.
There's an amazing viewpoint a little past mile 2 of the trail. The trail is a little vague and there are 2 options. The left fork is VERY steep. Hike up it or ride the sketchier, gentler grade of the right fork. The forks will merge shortly and carry on from there.
Around 6.4 miles, you'll reach Jordan Creek and a road. This makes a suitable turnaround for a nice out and back ride. Or, cross the road and keep going. At mile 7.7, take the left fork. The right fork dies after a mile or two.
My memory beyond mile 8 is a bit hazy, so I'll leave you to your own good judgment to navigate the remainder of the trail. I recall a sketchy wetland crossing and quite a few blowdowns This area needs some more mapping. Around halfway, we reached a Forest Service road that we used for our exit. We passed up a few trails along the road.