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PHOTOS: Mountain bikers & hikers enjoy 15 Mile 'Hall of Fame' Hiawatha Trail

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LOOKOUT PASS - The “Hall of Fame” Hiawatha trail is a popular location for hikers and bikers. The "rail-to trail" path stretches 15 miles along the abandoned Milwaukee Railroad grade between the old town site of Taft, Montana and the North Fork of the St. Joe River near Avery, Idaho. It takes you into the St. Paul Pass Tunnel which is 1.66 miles in length. The trail that has been described as “one of the most scenic stretches of railroad in the country.”

The Hiawatha includes 10 tunnels and 7 trestles, some reaching 230-feet high, within the Loop Creek canyon at the crest of the beautiful Bitterroot Mountains. The trail is considered the “Crown Jewel” of all rail-to-trail projects in the country and delivers a one-of–a-kind adventure for riders from around the world.

The best part? It's all downhill with a gentle 1.6% average grade that drops 1,000 feet over the 15-mile length with shuttle buses available to transport you and your bike back to the top. A wide variety of ability levels from young children to super seniors can enjoy the trail and its numerous historical and interpretive signs.

Wildlife sightings of moose, elk and deer are a frequent treat.

Trail passes, shuttle tickets, mountain bike rentals, souvenirs, and picnic lunches are available at Lookout Pass Ski Area which is adjacent to I-90 at the Idaho/Montana state line just 12 miles east of Historic Wallace, Idaho.

Call 208-744-1301 or visit www.ridethehiawatha.com for trail information.

Equipment reservations are recommended.

The Hiawatha Trail is open daily through September 28, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.


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