Proposed 3,700 Mile Coast To Coast Trail To Run Through Idaho
A planned bike trail spanning more than 3,000 miles and linking the state of Washington to within a few miles of the Atlantic Ocean is currently being discussed, and Idaho is one of 12 states the path will traverse.
Dubbed the, "Great American Rail-Trail," a 3,700 mile scenic bike and walking path would give travelers a route from the Puget Sound to just shy of the Chesapeake Bay. The trail is currently being hashed out, and would cross 12 state lines, those being Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington.
The trail would cut through northern Idaho, running almost parallel with Hwy 90 through towns like Smelterville and Enaville, and north of the Coeur d'Alene River. The route's heading would then enter the state of Washington northeast of the town of Wallner, and south of Spokane.
Rails to Trails Conservatory co-founder David Burwell is one of the visionaries behind the idea. The idea would involve the linkage of over 120 already existing trails. According to the website, more than half of the trail is already in a completed state.
Completion of the trail isn't going to happen anytime soon, as it will take total cooperation from involved federal and state agencies, and cost billions of dollars. A three-minute video was produced by the RTTC, which helps to provide more information about the project.
Completion of this project might not happen in our lifetime, but the idea seems pretty sound, and would provide an amazing experience for outdoor enthusiasts not just here in the U.S., but those visiting from other countries as well.