Hiawatha Mountain Bike Trail, Idaho

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Summer Season:

Memorial Day Weekend through the first week in October. Please call ahead to confirm. Every year the snowpack is different, so opening dates may change.

Hours of Operation:

Daily from 8:30am - 6pm PDT.

Trail Information:

Winding through 10 tunnels and 7 high trestles, this 15-mile route crosses the rugged Bitterroot Mountains between Idaho and Montana. The Route of the Hiawatha is best known for the long, dark St. Paul Pass, or Taft Tunnel, which burrows for 1.66 miles under the Idaho/Montana state line.

With an incredible history beginning in 1906 of construction, hardships and calamities, unprecedented electrification, and of carrying passengers and freight from the Northwest to the Midwest, generations of railroaders kept the Milwaukee Road running until it finally went bankrupt in 1977. The last train west of Butte, Montana passed through in 1980. After that the line was abandoned.

With government funding and private donations, the rails were removed, and the construction of this spectacular wilderness bicycle and hiking trail was undertaken in 1997. The Idaho portion of the trail first opened for public use on May 29, 1998. The St. Paul Pass, or Taft Tunnel, was completed in May of 2001, and is now open for bike riding.
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  • August 10, 2017
    This is a downhill, hard packed dirt trail that follows a former rail line, so the grade is not a steep downhill. It has several tunnels and trestles...a unique experience but not for those who are cl...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    We loved riding the Hiawatha trail! The staff was very friendly. The scenery was beautiful! The lights were attached to the bikes making it nice when you went in the tunnel. We arrived at look out pas...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    I would highly recommend this bike trail experience to anyone, the tunnels and tressel bridges are amazing the views are breathtaking and the whole history of the trail is really intriguing.  more »
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  • June 21, 2017
    Great activity for groups with young kids. Trail is super easy and all the tunnels and trestles are super fun. Lookout Pass staff was amazing. All very helpful and willing to bend over backwards to help.
  • April 29, 2017
    Great trail, long but very easily to accomplish. We took the shuttle bus back so we were basically riding a slight downhill all the way.

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