Hiawatha Bike Trail Closes Sept 29th ! Come Experience the Ride ! / by David Lawrence

Route of The Hiawatha open daily!

The Route of The Hiawatha ends daily operation for the 2013 summer season on September 29th. So hurry and experience (again ?) this internationally acclaimed 15 mile "rail-to-trail" mountain bike or hike trail 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 St. Paul Pass Tunnel is 1.7 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 country. The Hiawatha includes 10 tunnels and 7 trestles as high as 230 ft. 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 gentle 1.6% average grade drops 1,000 feet over the 15 miles length with shuttle buses available to transport you and your bike back to the top. Trail passes, shuttle tickets and mountain bike rentals are available at Lookout Pass Ski Area located adjacent to I-90 at the Idaho/Montana border 12 miles east of Historic Wallace, Idaho. Call 208-744-1301 or visit www.skilookout.com or www.ridethehiawatha.com for trail information. The trail will operate daily from May 25 through September 29, from 8:30am to 5:00pm, PDT.