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Hiawatha Mountain Bike Trail

Idaho Panhandle National Forest, ID
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Ranked #24 of 344 attractions in Idaho
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Biking Trails, State Parks, Canyons
Activities: Mountain biking
Description: Originally the route of the Hiawatha train, this trail was constructed on the old railbed and was completed in 2001.
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Post Falls, Idaho
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

One of my favorite things about this bike trail is the crew of trail marshalls and the bus drivers. There must be a manager somewhere who knows how to pick and train his crew. They are all friendly and helpful, with very good knowledge of the history of the route. Christy is one of the best at telling the history... More

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Tyrone, Georgia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

What a great experience! Such dramatic scenery after coming out of the first cold and dark tunnel, it will take your breath away. Kids were apprehensive about going because they thought there would be bears, but there are enough bikers out there to not feel alone, but not too crowded either. Most of the trail is down hill or straight... More

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Mill Valley, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The Trail is only 15 miles long, but it has 7-8 tunnels and 5 bridges. The first tunnel is about a mile long and can get a bit chilly and dark. Do bring proper lighting and tire patch kit ! The rental place is convenient, but their equipment is substandard and weathered. They use rechargeable lights which get weak by... More

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Yellowknife, Canada
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77 reviews 77 reviews
41 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

What a brilliant experience! First off it does cost for the shuttle - pay it and smile. You absolutely wont regret it. Bring lights and a helmet (mandatory for the trail and they do check) and a warm top for ridding through the first tunnel. The ride is almost all on a moderate downward grade. Our boys ages seven and... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Totally impressed from where we rented bikes to when we dropped off. Staff were helpful, friendly, and knowledgable!!! I had my bike my sister in law rented a bike. So family oreiented I want to go back and do this with my nephew and grandson. So easy to do just rent the bike, tag alongs etc and they have the... More

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San Diego, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Ride: along historic railway that is now hard-pack dirt and gravel. Probably 20 miles total including a return through a 1.6-mile tunnel at the end. Beautiful scenery and breathtaking views with a good dose of history at stops along the way! Bring a compact camera or, if an SLR I recommend a backpack. Several tunnels (though the one at the... More

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Richland, Washington
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

There were 12 of us that went on the ride. 4 rented bikes from Lookout Pass and the rest brought their own. The trail was a leisurely ride. We started at 12:30 and ended up back at our car around 5:00 PM. We packed a picnic and definitely took time taking pictures. The first tunnel is a doosey in that... More

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Missoula, Montana
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I made this trek several years ago when I first came to Montana as it is on the border between Montana and Idaho. I have looked forward to doing it again ever since. On the border you will find a small ski resort where they rent bikes for the Hiawatha Trail Ride. The rates are $30-$36 depending n the kind... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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106 reviews 106 reviews
16 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We rented bikes and did the one way bike ride with our 9 & 12 year old. It is a very easy ride. We loved the tunnels and trestles. It took a lot longer than anticipated because we stopped and read almost every sign along the way. There are a lot of informational signs about the railroad and life in... More

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