The Route of the Hiawatha is considered to be one of the most scenic byways in the country. The road is constructed on an old railway track that travels 15 miles through mountains, tunnels, and over 7 towering trestle bridges.
The trail is managed by nearby Lookout Pass Ski Area, and is open 7 days a week starting today (May 27th).
Riding the trail has been on my bucket list for years. I’m definitely going to make it happen one of these summers… I mean, just check out the video below and tell me you don’t want to experience this for yourself.
Here are the full details for The Route of Hiawatha:
THE “CROWN JEWEL” OF RAIL-TO-TRAIL ADVENTURES
The Route of the Hiawatha mountain bike or hike trail is 15 miles long with 10 train tunnels and 7 sky-high trestles. The ride starts with a trip through the 1.661 mile long St. Paul Pass Tunnel, also known as the Taft Tunnel. It is a highlight of the trail that follows the crest of the Bitterroot Mountains near Lookout Pass Ski Area. The best part is…. it’s mostly downhill with shuttle buses available to transport you and your bike back to the top. This family friendly trail is easily enjoyed by a wide variety of people from young children to super seniors.
Trail passes, shuttle tickets and mountain bike rentals with lights are available at Lookout Pass Ski Area located right alongside Interstate 90, take Exit 0, at the Idaho-Montana state line. The start of the Hiawatha is a short 7 mile drive from Lookout Pass. Lookout Pass is located just 12 miles east of historic Wallace, Idaho.
The Lookout Pass Lodge and Bike Rental Shop opens at 8 AM (PDT). The trail is open 8:30 AM to 5 PM (PDT) daily starting May 27 through September 18, 2022.