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Hiawatha Mountain Bike Trail

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Address: Idaho Panhandle National Forest, or Exit 5 off Interstate 90, Taft, Montana, ID
Phone Number: 208-744-1301
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8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Originally the route of the Hiawatha train, this trail was constructed on...

Originally the route of the Hiawatha train, this trail was constructed on the old railbed and was completed in 2001.

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Trail rates a five, but there are some concerns

Highlight of our trip for some, this is probably the most scenic bike trail we've ever taken. Many train trestles and tunnels that you ride on and through. We only experienced... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2016
Florissant, Missouri, USA
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Florissant, Missouri, USA
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169 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Highlight of our trip for some, this is probably the most scenic bike trail we've ever taken. Many train trestles and tunnels that you ride on and through. We only experienced one negative. The bike rental company did not plan for the large number of riders that happened to arrive at the end of the trail around the same time... More 

Thank dorsalmo
Spokane, Washington
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Every since we rode this trail in 2012, we go every year several times and take family when they visit. It is so peaceful and beautiful. The tunnels are thrilling, especially the first one. We see squirrels, deer and flowers. The air smells so good. The bus drive is a bit scary- but the drivers are pro. This is worth... More 

Thank loribee25
Chiang Rai, Thailand
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80 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

We chose to ride as a family of 6, up the Hiawatha and then back down and although it allowed us to see it all twice, I'm not sure it was worth it. The trail, although says p gravel, is actually more like small road base rocks which makes speed with a hybrid bike more difficult. If you do it,... More 

Thank bunchajustines
Seattle, Washington
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32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Stunning, just stunning and easy too. Sing in the tunnel; the acoustics are fabulous. Bridges are breathtaking!

Thank bjhbjh
Cary, North Carolina
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80 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Amazing rail trail with scenery and views in every direction! One of my favorite bike rides EVER!! Start at the top with the tunnel and just gradually coast downhill, taking in all the trestle bridges and mini tunnels!! A must do if you are in this neck of the woods.

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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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55 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

I hadn't biked in 25 years and never off pavement, but the attraction of the Hiawatha Trail was too strong. Don't fear the tunnels (even the 1.7 mile one) as they were the smoothest and chilliest terrain. I found the rocky parts to be more daunting than the bridges and tunnels, but that was just from inexperience. The views were... More 

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Polson, Montana
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

The trail is great. Very nice scenery, well groomed. An easy ride down hill. HOWEVER, they were only running one shuttle bus when they clearly sold enough trail passes to run 2 or 3 buses. This resulted in an hour and a half wait. Next time we will ride up and back down to the bottom trail head. Ask how... More 

Thank Mike P
Rockwall, Texas
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216 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

This was a beautiful and fun ride to do at you own pace. Enjoy cool dark tunnels, scenic vistas from the trail and bridges on a nicely maintained trail. We drove over from Spokane and made a day trip out of it. People of all ages and skill level were out enjoying the ride. The rental company will transport you... More 

Thank ERL972
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

This past Friday we visited the Hiawathia bike trail with relatives. Make sure that you bring a headlamp or flashlight that is very bright. The first tunnel is 1.66 miles long and is total dark. It is difficult to see without a bright headlamp. I ended up walking my bike through the tunnel since I could not see. The trail... More 

Thank CM19852014
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Couldn't just do this once. This was our second ride in 3 years and still fantastic. The first tunnel was less intimidating this trip. And the views...Even though it is a 15 mile ride, it is mostly downhill and our kids did great. Lots of smaller ones on trail too. Our only complaint this trip was the long line up... More 

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