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Hiawatha Mountain Bike Trail, Idaho

4.1
#7 of 53 in Nature in Idaho
Canyon State Park
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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5.0
  • I read a lot of reviews, and found the ride much less daunting than people suggested. I think any child who can ride a bike in a straight line could do this ride. Bring a good light, water, picnic, an...  more »
  • Leave the leather motorcycle club jackets at home and put on your bike helmets with LED headlights. When was the last time you biked through a nearly 1.67 mile long tunnel with your family? Not only t...  more »
  • We (adults + may tweens and teens) have adventured down this trail many times. First, in the summer it can get seriously HOT - bring double the amount of water you think you will need. Bring snacks - ...  more »
Google
  • 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.
  • 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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