Experience the outdoors in a whole new way. Red Horse Mountain offers a variety of mountain biking trails, from a leisurely ride through the woods, enjoying conversation with your companions, to the thrill of pushing your mental and physical limits down and up more demanding trails. Our Rocky Mountain Full Suspension mountain bikes provide a fluid and comfortable ride while you cover a variety of terrain. Let our guides share their passion for mountain biking with you. Here’s to the journey for the sake of the journey!
The Mountain Biking Trip is an exhilarating ride through the Idaho Panhandle National Forest on selected off-road trails that offer novice and advanced riders great vistas and overlooks of the Coeur d’Alene Mountains. Trails are mostly single track and you’ll be traveling by shuttle to the trailhead where you will ride through forests and across ridge lines. The trails will include creeks bottoms and mountain sides, as well as sustained uphill and downhill sections. You’ll be passing through old tree stands and along open meadows. Although not an adventure for the younger children, usually an adventurous teenager can ride up to the Red Horse Mountain peaks.
The trails we use and the level of difficulty of the rides are based on the skill level of the group that is going. Although we try to increase the level of challenge during the week, we do not have a set trail order for the week, so we are flexible and can make changes, if needed. The early morning rides are a great time to address any concerns you may have.
Mountain Biking Orientation
Whether you have been riding your whole life or you aren’t even sure what hand brakes are, the Mountain Bike Orientation at the Bike Barn on Tuesday morning is a great way to meet with our mountain bike guides and to familiarize yourself with the Rocky Mountain Slayers that make up our bike ﬂeet. Make sure to bring a cup of coffee and an extra layer, as it can be a little chilly some mornings. The Orientation consists of a brief description of the bikes we ride as well as a hands-on explanation about shifting and braking. After that we will ﬁt helmets and head out to the “trail simulator” for some fun and learning on a safe, low-speed course. The “trail simulator” gives riders the opportunity to get an idea of some of the obstacles we might encounter on the trail, as well as work on body position and play some fun balance games.
Other Bike ToursThe Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes is a rail trail which follows the former Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way from Mullan, a mountain mining town near the Montana border, to Plummer, a town on the prairie near the Washington border. It is the longest continuous bike path in the United States.
The trail’s 72-mile (116 km) route winds through the mountainous terrain of the historic Silver Valley, into the chain lakes region, along the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene, over the Chatcolet Bridge to Heyburn State Park, and finally climbs to the Palouse prairie. You can continue along a bike path in Washington that will eventually lead to Spokane. The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes includes camping facilities and rest areas, regularly. The trail leads through protected marsh lands, offering the cyclist a glimpse of eagle and osprey nests, moose, elk, and a variety of ducks and other wildlife, as well as some rare species of wildflowers and accompanying butterflies as a result of the age-old soot from the old railroad.
Our guided trips will leave from Harrison, Idaho, an approximately 10 minute drive from Red Horse Mountain Ranch. After being fitted with safety equipment and a bicycle, we’ll be off on our short ride along the Coeur d’Alene waterway.