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Hiawatha Mountain Bike Trail

Idaho Panhandle National Forest, ID
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Ranked #44 of 324 attractions in Idaho
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Cheney, Wa
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142 reviews 142 reviews
9 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

"It's all downhill from here" never meant better. Excellent adventure outfitters utilizing a spectacular stretch of retired train lines. Can't elaborate much further than previous reviews, but I will say it's a perfect place to take visiting relatives/friends not from this area. My brother and his family from Vermont had too many jaw-dropping expressions on their faces to count. And... More

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Portland, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Keeping my son entertained while visiting my parents, I took him on the Hiawatha Trail. Loved it! He is 9 and, although it was a warm day, he did fantastic on the ride. The tunnels and trestles were amazing and the scenery is beautiful. There were quite a few people on the trail but it still felt peaceful and not... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

more and more land has been purchased and I hear you can now ride even further, all the way to Avery Idaho- opening up even more tunnels and bridges. The railroad went busy in the 1980s due to bad managing, plus the milw was the last railroad to make it across the bitterroot mts so they have the least favorable... More

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

We did about 500 feet of this bike trip.....we paid our money (not really "cheap") and listened to the rangers warning talks about safety, etc prior to "take off"......what the ranger neglected to tell us (we were with a group and the entire group vouched for this) ...there are two ditches with running water on both sides of the pitch... More

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Boise, Idaho
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I have wanted to do this ride for years. Sept is a great time to go. The first tunnel was long but if you go along with a group of riders the combined benefit of everyone's light makes it easy to see in the tunnel. Along the trail the mountains are beautiful and the views are stunning.... More

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Great Falls, Montana
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Our daughter had done this ride a couple years in the past and had done so with her small kids, but even then the thought of riding 15 miles on bikes with little people was kind of frightening. We had a great time, plenty of time to go through the tunnels and stop along the way at all the informational... More

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

At a cousin's suggestion, he and I and my husband did this ride just a couple of weeks after my 60th birthday. It was a test of nerve more than endurance -- getting through the initial 1.7 mile pitch-black tunnel and across the high trestles. We had heard stories from my cousins about how it was before the improvements --... More

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Boise, Idaho
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

The first tunnel is almost 2 miles long with water channels along both sides. People going too slow make it as dangerous as people going too fast. It is damp, dark and seems to go on forever. You will find all ages of people making the trek. If you are considering taking a child just make sure they can keep... More

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New York City
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

This bike ride was fantastic, before going this morning I read the earlier reviews and was concerned hearing that the tunnels posed problems. However today I did it with my mom and dad, all the bikes have new headlights which light up the tunnel more than enough, and going through the tunnel was by far the best part of the... More

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washington state
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61 reviews 61 reviews
25 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

group of about 10 of us ages 5-62 enjoyed riding the trail in late august. we picked a weekday and not very crowded (but we still did not feel alone.) The 5 year old rode on a rented tagalong (rented from the ski resort.) The 7 year old made it alone on her own bike but the last two miles... More

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