No excuses

North Idaho supplies a ton of healthy activities for residents


 Living a healthy lifestyle in North Idaho doesn't require a gym membership  —- especially during the summer months.

Residents are fortunate to have access to magnificent lakes, majestic mountains and fantastic trails for biking and hiking.

“North Idaho is busting at the seams with healthy activities for people,” said Heritage Health CEO Mike Baker. “Whether you're a novice or an avid athlete, the choices are incredible. There really is no excuse for not getting up off the couch and being active.”

Coeur d'Alene Chamber President/CEO Steve Wilson said North Idaho has one of the greatest trail systems in the country.

His top two outdoor activities are hiking Tubbs Hill and biking the Centennial Trail.

“Those are my favorites, but you can't go wrong with many others,” said Wilson. “The Hiawatha Trail in the Silver Valley is incredible.”

Post Falls, known as Idaho's River City, has a plethora of recreational opportunities, including golf, water-skiing, swimming, kayaking, hiking, fishing, cycling, geocaching and rock climbing

Post Falls has more than 20 beautiful parks sprinkled throughout the city,  offering opportunities for tennis, pickleball, disc golf, splash pads, volleyball and even a game of horseshoes.

Post Falls also has a community garden available where people can grow their own fruits and vegetables. The city allows residents to raise as many as 10 chickens (no roosters).

“We at the Post Falls Chamber hope our residents and visitors are taking full advantage of the incredible recreational opportunities available here in our community,” said Jame` Davis, President/CEO Post Falls Chamber of Commerce. “The well-connected Centennial Trail System, top-notch rock climbing and hiking trails, a beautiful river that connects our communities and a park system are all second to none.”

A short drive north from Post Falls, Rathdrum is a hub of outdoor fun. Rathdrum's Parks and Recreation Department has a host of activities for this summer here.

Even as summer fades, there are plenty of activities for residents to enjoy. On Saturday, Sept. 9, the Rathdrum Adventure Race will take place. The event features a bike ride on Rathdrum Mountain, kayaking Twin Lakes and a run through Rathdrum's City Park. Participants can compete in individual or team categories.

The Silver Valley has exciting options as well. There are  2,600 square miles in the Bitterroot Range that has a rich mining history combined with strong notes of the Wild West, including Wyatt Earp, that fast is becoming a destination for outdoor enthusiasts of all types for all season.

When it comes to bicycling in the Silver Valley, the crown is the Route of the Hiawatha.  In addition, the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes offers 72 miles of paved amazingness. It's a great place for beginners as the trail spans from Plummer to Mullan.

Silver Mountain Resort  offers a wide variety of bike trails and terrain for beginners to the Kevlar clad adrenaline seekers.  

Coeur d'Alene River and its countless tributaries, along with a series of chain lakes, you can float, paddle, fish and swim to your heart's content.

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--Written by Marc Stewart, Director of Sponsored Content

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