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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
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Ranked #47 of 344 attractions in Idaho
Type: Biking Trails
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Nampa, Idaho
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
28 helpful votes 28 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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Calgary, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is an excellent family adventure, we saw very young children an seniors as well! Beautiful views and fun tunnels!! Make sure you have a really good light for your bike or a strong head lamp! We had our own bikes, helmets, etc., but you can rent them too. Also, it is very cool in the tunnels so layer.

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Alabaster, Alabama
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45 reviews 45 reviews
4 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

What a fantastic experience we had last week on the Route of the Hiawatha Rails to Trails Ride. I was more than a little anxious about doing this as I am a middle aged, out of shape woman who is a bit claustrophobic and hasn't been on a bike in 30 years. I had the time of my life and... More

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Medford, Oregon
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39 reviews 39 reviews
20 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

This is a great family bike ride as it is all downhill (slow decline). We rode this with my 5 year old on a tag-a-long behind me, but my 6 year old rode it all by himself (15miles!). With these young kids we booked the shuttle to take us back to the beginning. You book and pay for the shuttle... More

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Pullman, WA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

The trail is located in the Bitterroot Mountains on the Idaho/Montana border. The trail hugs the side of mountains as it winds its way downhill the entire length with great vistas. The descent is gentle and sometimes imperceptible, but you certainly will not be climbing so the ride is appropriate for all cycling levels. The trail is wide and fairly... More

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Boise, Idaho
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because I remember the Hiawatha before it became so popular - it was a superb ride before it got so crowded. That said, going early or late in the season (or early in the morning during peak tourist months) would probably result in the best ride possible. Bike rental shop... More

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Top Contributor
184 reviews 184 reviews
48 attraction reviews
268 helpful votes 268 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

The route of the Hiawatha was once a route of train service from Chicago to Seattle. Today it is has been converted into one of the finest and most scenic and unique rail trails in America. Operated and maintained by Lookout Pass Ski Facility under contract with the Forest Service 15 miles of absolutely awe inspiring scenery awaits the rider.... More

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