Route of the Hiawatha Opens Saturday! | Community Spirit
Pump up the bike tires and grab your helmet - one of the Inland Northwest's favorite trail rides, the Route of the Hiawatha, opens Saturday!
The June 11th opening actually marks a delay in the trail's typical season. The route usually opens from May to September, but the cool spring and heavy snowfall delayed the opening. Crews from Lookout Pass, which operates the trail, have been clearing the snow from the trailhead's highest peak to get ready for this weekend.
Route of the Hiawatha follows the old Milwaukee Railroad grade between the old town site of Taft, Montana and the North Fork of the St. Joe River near Avery, Idaho. USA Today recently named it one of the top rail-to-trail adventures in the country.
The trail winds through 10 tunnels and over seven trestles up to 230 feet high. Though 15-miles long, the trail drops 1,000 feet in elevation at a 1.6 percent grade, making it accessible for families and riders of all abilities and ages. After the three to four hour trip, shuttle buses wait at the end of the trail to take riders and their bikes back to their cars at the top of the trail.
The trail is open from 8:30 to 5:30 seven days a week. For information on tickets and directions, visit the Route of the Hiawatha website.