Colville, WA to Sandpoint, ID
DATE: Monday, September 12
DISTANCE: 100 miles / 161 km
Start elev. 1,586 ft., end 2,080 ft.
MAIN FEATURES: Flowery Trail, the Colville National Forest and the Pend Oreille River
You will start the day leaving one of Washington’s oldest cities and winding through the agriculture farms that dot the landscape toward the small community of Chewelah. From there, we will begin our climb over the Flowery Trail pass (elevation 4,046) and into the Colville National Forest and the home of 49 Degrees North Ski Resort. The Christmas Tree for the US Capitol was cut from this forest in 2013 and is a great place for hiking, mountain biking and camping, as well as the opportunity to see wildlife. Don’t let the elevation scare you, we have the best sag support and they will be there to assist you if needed.
Once you reach the top, be sure to take advantage of the photo opportunities of the surrounding mountains and since you have earned the bragging rights – don’t forget to snap a picture of the elevation sign before heading downhill toward Usk and Newport. The final stretch will have you winding over rolling hills along the Pend Oreille River. This is a great place to watch for eagles, hawks and osprey who nest in the trees along the banks. Sandpoint has a great downtown area, with wonderful shops and restaurants, a winery and brew pubs. The City Beach has white sand beaches and gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains. There are also museums, galleries, hiking trails and a nearby zip line to give you a thrill. Sunset Magazine calls Sandpoint “The West’s Best Small Town” so you will probably want to make a return trip and discover it yourself.
For those riders who have completed the century, bragging rights are a must. The Sandpoint crew will be there to award you with your WaCanId Century Club patch and your photo will be added to our album of Century Riders!