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Riding Northern Idaho's Route of the Hiawatha

Following is our experience when we rode this trail August 2003:

The Hiawatha Rail Trail is a 15 mile trail built on the abandoned Milwaukee Railroad bed and is considered one of the most scenic trails in the country. This railroad route crossed the rugged Bitterroot Mountains between Idaho and Montana and was famous for the long St. Paul Pass, or "Taft" Tunnel, which burrows for 1.66 miles under the state line.

The trail runs between the East Portal Trailhead in Montana and Pearson in Idaho and goes through eight tunnels (one was closed when we were there) and travels over seven high trestles following the mountainous terrain along the Loop Creek drainage.

The trail is operated and maintained by the Lookout Pass Ski Area and fees are collected from all users. A shuttle bus is available from Lookout Pass for those who wish to ride downhill only. For information see the website or call 208-744-1301.

See a few of our photos and comments below. Copyright 2007, All Rights Reserved