The Centenial Trail
The Centennial Trail is another Western Bicycling Trail that I had heard much about and made sure I included on my Western Tour in July.
There are two section of the Centennial Trail.
The Spokane section of the Centennial Trail is about 37 miles long, you can find detailed maps and information at Spokane Centenial Trail.
The North Idaho Centennial Trail runs approximately 24 miles from a few miles east of Coeur d’Alene to connect with the Spokane Centennial Trail. Information and a map of the North Idaho Centennial Trail can be found at North Idaho Centenial Trail.
If you are thinking of a set of trails like those around Washington, DC and Alexandria, VA this is not at all what you will see. The Centennial Trail mostly follows the side of a road and is only separated from the road in a few short sections.
Navigating the Centennial Trail is not an easy task. There aren’t many signs but the direction is usually obvious with two major exception. When you reach the Park in downtown Spokane the Path follows both sides of the River and how it exits from Downtown to the West is something I never really figured out.The second is the Idaho section that seems to have been laid out by someone who doesn’t bike to take you through downtown but without signs.
The Park in downtown Spokane is delightful and has an IMax. Downtown Spokane is now showing many signs of revival from the blight that was called Urban Renewal. Urban Renewal turned many interesting old building into parking lots. But Spokane seems to be moving past that.
The Centennial Trail is very functional and provides much needed ways to get around Spokane and to Coeur d’Alene, ID. With a few notable exceptions along the river the path is not very scenic.
Washington is much more ambiguous about bicycling than Oregon so any trail is a real asset.