Route of the Hiawatha BIKE TRAIL ENTICING All Age Explorers !! / by David Lawrence

ONE OF THE MOST SCENIC STRETCHES OF RAILWAY IN AMERICA ! The Route of the Hiawatha Bicycle Route is open ! Come enjoy this “Hall of Fame” 15-mile, rail-to-trail, mountain bike or hike trail, which utilizes the abandoned Milwaukee Railroad grade between the old town site of Taft (MT) and the North Fork of the St. Joe River near Avery (ID). The trail is considered the “Crown Jewel” of all rail-to-trail projects in the country and delivers a one-of–a-kind adventure for riders from around the world. The best part is… It’s all downhill with a gentle 1.6% average grade that drops 1,000 feet over the 15-mile length with shuttle buses available to transport you and your bike back to the top. A wide variety of ability levels from young children to super seniors can enjoy the trail and its numerous historical and interpretive signs. Wildlife sightings of moose, elk and deer are a frequent treat. The St. Paul Pass Tunnel is 1.66 miles in length and is one of the highlights of a trail that has been described as “one of the most scenic stretches of railroad in the country.” The Hiawatha includes 10 tunnels and 7 trestles as high as 230 ft within the Loop Creek canyon at the crest of the beautiful Bitterroot Mountains.

Trail passes, shuttle tickets, mountain bike rentals, souvenirs, and picnic lunches are available at Lookout Pass Ski Area located adjacent to I-90 at the Idaho/Montana state line 12 miles east of Historic Wallace, Idaho. Call 208-744-1301 or visit www.ridethehiawatha.com for trail information. Equipment reservations are recommended. The Hiawatha Trail is open daily from May 24 through September 28, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm PDT.Mineral County Hiwawatha Trail