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Hiawatha Mountain Bike Trail

Idaho Panhandle National Forest, ID
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Ranked #23 of 356 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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155 reviews 155 reviews
34 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The ride starts with a 1.7 mile long tunnel which is very cool and then you ride 15 miles through some of the most beautiful country I've ever seen. We saw a moose eating in a small pond. Anyone can ride this trail I saw lot's of little kids and older people it is really great!

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Portland, Oregon
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The Hawaitha Bike Trail follows and abandoned railroad bed18 downhill miles through tunnels and over trestles in the heart of the beautiful Bitterroot Mountains on the Idaho Montana border. Bikes are available; mountain bikes are advisable and bile lights are a necessity. The scenery is drop dead gorgeous and the tunnels and trestles are a kick. Serious folks can ride... More

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Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We took a shuttle from Harrison with the intention of riding to Wallace after enjoying the trail. The rail trail was excellent and we very much enjoyed it. Take the shuttle back up. An employee of the Hiawatha told us to ride to Wallace via the Moon Pass Road. A terrible idea for mature women with all their belongings on... More

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Rochester, New York
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We rented the mountain bikes with lights (we had our own helmets) you have to have the lights for the tunnels, they are dark. They are also cold and damp with dripping water. You will get mud type splatter with a bit of spray from wheels. The whole ride is on crushed stone and at railroad grade so there are... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is an awesome ride. We did the bike rental and started from the top and rode to the bottom. From there we caught the bus ride back to the top. It's mostly down hill. There are dark tunnels, high bridges to cross and it is a spectacular ride. You can ride at your own pace, stop for lots of... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

An activity for all levels depending upon one's ability to ride a bike and negotiate around those who can't. It runs along a discontinued rail-bed through a series of tunnels (one of which is 3km long.) Expect to get muddy in the tunnels from dripping water and back-wheel spray. Views are great and the staff of Lookout Pass who outfitted... More

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 via mobile

We were in Missoula for a few days and drove the 90 minutes to do this trail as it came highly recommended. It is an old train line through a mountain pass. You can bike it both directions although most opt for the downhill direction and there are shuttle buses waiting at the bottom to take you back up to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We did the Hiawatha Labor Day 2013, and loved most of it. We then did I it again on the 18th of August 2014 with our granddaughter in a trailer towed behind my bike. Last year we learned a few things from our mistakes that we did not repeats this year. #1 we started out earlier in the morning and... More

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37 reviews 37 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Granted the views are quite nice and going over the train trestles is fun, but the 1.7mile first tunnel is intimidating. It's pitch black inside and you definitely need a strong head light as well as a bike light and don't go thru without a helmet! The trail has ditches on each side with running water and the trail itself... More

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Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
26 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

So I will say this is a great family bike ride with amazing scenery and history. Loved it all. However I will say we had to rent bikes and this experience was confusing and frustrating. Everyone we met too said it was a rather disorganized and confusing ordeal to get going. So I will give a quick over view to... More

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