Hiawatha bike trail opens for the summer | Families
The scenic and historical Hiawatha bike trail opens for the summer on May 25th. This 15 mile stretch of abandoned railroad is considered the “Crown Jewel” all rail-to-trail bike projects in the country.
The last train passed over the Milwaukee Railroad rails in 1980. The old rail way was converted into packed gravel trails that are an easy ride for every one including children and seniors. Riders can enjoy beautiful views of the Bitterroot Mountains while riding down the 1.6 percent grade.
Hiawatha is operated by the Lookout Pass Ski Area under special permit use of the U.S. Forest. Lookout offers bike rentals, as well a shuttle to take you back to the top of the trail head once you reach the end. It takes about two and a half hours to complete the ride going at a leisurely pace.
The trail has 46 interpretive signs along the way and wild life such as moose, elk and deer are frequently seen. Don't worry, there are five bathrooms along the trail as well. Some other highlights include the 250ft train trestles and the St. Paul Pass tunnel. The tunnel is 1.7 miles and you ride through it at the beginning as well as at the end after the shuttle drops you off.
It's a great ride for everyone and an easy family adventure. Pack a picnic and enjoy some of the best views in the Northwest! The Hiawatha trail is open daily, 8:30am-5:30pm from May 25th to September 29th. Recommendations are recommended for shuttle purposes, helmets and lights are required.
For more information visit http://www.ridethehiawatha.com