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Route of the Hiawatha

Exit 0 off Interstate 90 at Idaho/Montana state line, or Exit 5 off Interstate 90, Taft, Montana, ID
(208)744-1301
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Ranked #35 of 354 Attractions in Idaho
Type: Biking Trails
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Lethbridge
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

For the second time we rented bicyles and too the Route of the Hiawatha ride. This was really fun if you like cycling. Be prepared for a long tunnel in the dark, you must have a very good light on your bike to get through here. It is cold in the tunnels as well. If you rent bikes the lights... More

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Airdrie, Canada
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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

What an awesome trip. I loved every minute of it even in the rain at the end. We arrived early in the day on Thursday and had the trail mainly to ourselves for the first half. If you are coming from Idaho keep in mind that Montana is an hour ahead so you can actually get an earlier start. I... More

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Bountiful, Utah
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This is an incredibly beautiful and easy trail. I stopped about a dozen times to take photos and rode at a leisurely pace, and completed the ride in less than two hours. The problem I had was with the rental shop at Lookout Pass. I made the mistake of not testing the rental bike out before driving to the trailhead.... More

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Pasco, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We have ridden the Hiawatha Trail 3 times now. Twice with our grandchildren. It is an easy 15 mile downhill ride (with a shuttle back to the top available) with spectacular views. It is an old railroad line so you go through several tunnels and over trestles. Fun for all ages!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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114 reviews 114 reviews
18 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This is an easy bicycle ride on a gentle downhill grade through beautiful mountain scenery and old railroad tunnels. Nearly everyone can do it.  It does not require significant cycling skills  or experience.  If you are visiting the Coeur d'Alene area, the Route of the Hiawatha is a "must do" activity. Do not miss it.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Everyone should do this 14.4 mile mountain bike ride with a steady 4% decline gravel trail over 200 foot trestles and through short and long train tunnels. Rated one of the top ten bike trails in the US. You can get tickets, rent bikes with lights for the tunnels, bike racks for your car, easy peesy, even a box lunch... More

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Nampa, Idaho
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

If you're not a long trek cyclist, you'll want to purchase shuttle tickets for $8.00, but very worth the uphill return. We did the entire trail including the first tunnel which was long and hard to see with bike light. Next time, I will skip the first tunnel both coming and going and park where the shuttle drops off after... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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75 reviews 75 reviews
41 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

of the 76 tunnels on 36 trails, I know of, the Route of the Hiawatha has to rank highest on the tunnel intensive list. There is a $10 usage fee obtained at the Taft Tunnel (east portal) or Lookout Pass. RVs will definitely want to start at the east portal. enthusiastic cyclists will want to ride the 30 mile round... More

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Post Falls, Idaho
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

My wife and I have done this trail twice, it's a blast on a trike or a bike. I would highly recommend a good flashlight or bike light. The ride starts out with one point seven miles of tunnel, it gets a bit cool in the tunnel, around 48 degrees. A light jacket or a sweatshirt might be a good... More

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Spokane, Washington
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Operated by Lookout Pass Ski area just off I-90 on the Montana/Idaho border 90 minutes east of Spokane, this is great summer fun, pedaling a little and coasting a lot through tunnels and across high trestles 15 miles down the old rail grade from the pass. Buy tickets at the ski area. Either rent mountain bikes and lights there or... More

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