Living in North Idaho we are surrounded by beauty and adventure at every turn. With summer in full swing, there has never been a better time to get outside, get your blood pumping, and enjoy this beautiful place we call home! Here are some ideas to get you outside and moving!
Go for a run or a bike ride on the Centennial Trail along Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive – This was one of my favorite places to run and bike when I was training for Ironman CDA. The view of the lake on this stretch of the Centennial trail never gets old! With parking lots and restrooms all along the way, it’s the perfect place to just park and run!
Hike Mineral Ridge – This 3.3-mile hike gives you breathtaking views of Coeur d’Alene Lake and the surrounding mountains. The trail head is located just 11 miles from downtown (take Wolf Lodge Bay Exit 22 off I-90, then go south on Hwy 97 for 3 miles). The trail is well-maintained and suitable for all fitness levels. (See photograph)
Go for a swim at Sanders Beach – One of the gems in Coeur d’Alene is the beautiful Sanders Beach area. From as early as April to as late as October, you’re guaranteed to see some swim-capped heads bobbing in the water off shore, as this is a popular place for swimmers and triathletes to train for summer and fall races. The ‘rock to dock’ distance (from the rocks at the west end of the beach to the dock at the Coeur d’Alene Resort golf course) is a beautiful 1.2 miles of safe and fun swimming!
Grab a paddle board and hit the water – Stand up paddle boarding, or SUP, is the latest fun fitness craze to hit Coeur d’Alene Lake. Getting a paddle board is easy, with several shops around town offering rentals and sales. SUPing a great way to have fun, relax, and still get a full body workout!
The possibilities for enjoying the great outdoors in North Idaho are endless. Whatever it is you choose to do, don’t forget your sunscreen and water! Now get out there and have some fun!