Moscow, Idaho July 30-31, 2004
An event loosely organized by:
Coeur d'Alene for Lunch
264 miles, approximately 6.5 hours
Part 1: To Coeur d'Alene from Moscow
- Head east out of Moscow on ID-8 towards Troy.
- At Deary, continue on ID-3 to Bovill.
- Just as you enter Bovill, turn left and follow ID-3 towards
Clarkia. Just before Clarkia, you will see the "Fossil Bowl" on the
left, a popular motocross track for folks in Spokane, Post Falls and
- You won't actually go into Clarkia, you'll see it off on your
right as you ride by on the way to Santa, ID.
- After leaving Santa, you'll ride over a small hill, then ID-3
will branch off to the right towards St. Maries, ID. Take the turn.
- At St. Maries, you'll be about 1/2 way there. There's fuel
available there if you need it.
- Stay on ID-3 until you come to a Y-intersection, with the "White
Pine Scenic" route continuing up ID-3 towards Rose Lake and I-90.
Stay to the left, and take ID-97 towards Harrison. This is a nice
twisty, though slow, road along beautiful Lake Coeur d'Alene.
- As you get towards the north end of the lake, the traffic will
increase, so don't try to rush it too much.
- ID-97 will dump you out on I-90 at the Wolf Lodge exit (named
for the famous local resturant just to the east, on a frontage road
north of the freeway.
- Turn left onto I-90 headed west. Take the first exit, "Sherman
Street", cross under the freeway and head down Sherman St towards
downtown. When you see the Coeur d'Alene Resort (the only
"skyscraper" in town), you're downtown. Pick a restaurant, there
are many to choose from.
Part 2: To Moscow from Coeur d'Alene
- You refueled in Coeur d'Alene before leaving town, right?
- The trip back has a few different roads. Start by getting back
on I-90 and heading east towards Montana. Take exit 34, the Rose
Lake exit, and turn south on ID-3, aka the White Pine Scenic
Highway. If you forgot to refuel, you can do it at this exit --
there are two gas stations.
- This stretch of ID-3 is more open and high speed than ID-97
along the east shore of the lake. If you're tight on time, you may
want to do this on the way north too, instead of ID-97.
- A mile or two after you pass a possibly closed bar called
"Cave Lake" something, on the right, there will be a vista point on
the right. It makes a nice
- Follow ID-3 back into St. Maries, and continue on towards Santa.
As you climb the hill south of St. Maries, the "Christmas Hills" ORV
area will be in the trees on your left. I guess somebody had a
thing for Old Saint Nick, eh?
- Just before Santa, ID-3 will meet ID-6, where you will bear
right towards the tiny village of Emida. This road has some nice
twists, and some big old trees.
- Just past Harvard, take ID-9 south towards Deary. On the north
side of this road near the Deary end, there is a large Buffalo herd
which often grazes near the road. There's a fence, don't worry!
- At Deary, turn right on ID-8 and head back to Moscow.
If you're running late, or want to catch up with a group that already took
off, you can simply take US-95 between Moscow and Coeur d'Alene. Its a
major north-south 2-lane road with good road surface and somewhat frequent
passing lanes. Its also got more traffic than the route I described above,
and definitely more law enforcement, but overall you can make much better
time on it. Motorcycle travel time is probably roughly 1.5 hours or so
between the two cities. It's pretty too, just not as pretty, or as
On this route you can find fuel in Moscow, Deary, St. Maries, and Coeur
d'Alene and likely a few other spots as well.
Copyright © 2004, by H. Marc Lewis. All rights reserved.