Spokane, WA

This Summer Check Out The Historic Centennial Trail

J.R. Heimbigner

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This might be the year that more people will be walking, hiking, and biking the Centennial Trail. After all, with gas prices going through the roof around the nation, maybe Spokane is the 'stay-cation' we will be able to afford.

After all, the Inland Northwest is a beautiful place. If you hit the seasons just right, the Centennial Trail can be a beautiful place to explore and get some exercise.

The Centennial Trail

From Spokane, Washington, to Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, the Centennial Trail is a 63-mile two-state State Park. This project began in 1989 and was finished in 1991. The entire trail is paved. It travels along the Spokane River for most of the route.

The Centennial Trail is 39 miles long in Washington and 24 miles long in Idaho. Riverside State Park, Urban, and Valley are the three main sections of the 39-mile stretch in eastern Washington. Here are the breakdowns for each section:

  • The Riverside State Park portion is 12 miles long.
  • The length of the urban segment is 13.5 miles.
  • The Valley segment is also 13.5 miles long.
  • The Idaho section of the path runs from the state boundary to Higgins Point, passing through Coeur D'Alene.

Practical Ways to Breakdown The Centennial Trail

You won't be able to trek this trail in a single day. You could ride it all in one go. You'll probably want to break it up into smaller parts if you're doing it with your family.

My family would most likely divide it into four halves and attempt to complete a few miles here and there during the summer. The track is relatively easy for the most part, though the section in Riverside State Park is supposed to be the most difficult. With smaller children, this phase may be more challenging to finish.

I recommend breaking up the 63-mile trail into 3 to 5-mile segments. Take things at your own pace. And in taking pleasure in every aspect of the journey. This will take up the majority of the summer, and it may be one of the most memorable experiences you have with your children as you journey across Spokane and into Idaho as a family.

The key will be to enjoy the walk, bring snacks, know where restroom breaks may be required, and drink enough water. This will give your family the best possibility of hiking the entire trek together.

What are some other family-friendly hikes around the Spokane Area that you could take your family on? Share in the comments below! And be sure to share this article with your friends and family!

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