Erin J. on Hiawatha Rail Trail
This trail is great. It was my 1st time on it & I had a ton of fun. The tunnels and the bridges are too cool and the views are spectacular. It was very busy on a beautiful Saturday in September, but I've heard there are plenty of days when it's not quite as busy. We saw all ages making this trip and plenty of people riding from the bottom.
Stunningly beautiful biking trail. This trail is mildly graded and well maintained, suitable for almost anyone that can ride a bike.
You go through tunnels, over tressels, and through valleys. The views are awesome. There are historical signs and viewpoints all along this trail. It is just a great casual ride.
Expect heavy usage during the summer, don't plan on riding fast. People will be riding casually often in groups.
There are restrooms, no cell service, and no vendors. Bring all your food with you, a paid entrance ticket, a helmet, and a light for the tunnels.
It is a good hike, but there isn't really a peak. The trees clear near the "top" and give a good view of other slopes nearby. But then you go back into the trees and ends by connecting to another trail going either down or up away from the original trail. I chose to go up and it takes you alongside an ATV/motorbike path. I followed this new trail for 2 miles and got bored of it. (So there might be a peak, but after about 4.5/5 miles I turned back).
The trail is part of the history of the Pacific Northwest, being part of a project to make trade flow more easily from the interior places of the Old Oregon Territory to the Pacific Coast businesses in California and Oregon State. I good beginners trail. It was the first trail that my fiancée and I hiked together.
Beautiful day for a ride through the tree tops. The tunnels were cool and the trellises had a nice breeze. Our day of amazing views could have lasted forever. Bring water and some snacks so you too can enjoy a day of nature and man's work in the woods.
Hiked from the west bound rest area over and up to the trail. First surprise was a $ 10.00 entrance fee.(even for hiking) the second was having to put on a bike helmet going through the tunnel even though I was walking.
Great day sunny and warm. Being the weekend trail was crowded with bikers. The long tunnel was nice and cool but for a hiker it was like trying to walk down the middle of I-90. Not a lot of room. The 2nd tunnel was better almost no traffic.
The view across the valley was awesome! And a constant breeze blowing. The trail was easy to use. Pretty much a logging road. I saw deer, chipmunks, and rabbits.
This is where the mountain goats are! Beautiful hike, long but worth it. Some flat areas near the summit to throw up a tent, then wake up early to watch the goats lick the walls of the lookout tower. Once darkness hit we could see the lights of a highway way off to the south that figured could only be Highway 12 down by Orofino!! This is going to become an annual hike for us, those goats are damn majestic.
Simply breathtaking woods the moment you set foot on the trail. I didn't hike far since it took me quite a long time to find the trailhead. I will most certainly be returning to hike the full length and experience the spectacular views I expect to find at the peak.