Hiawatha Rail Trail

EASY 20 reviews

Hiawatha Rail Trail is a 14.7 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near East Portal, MT that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until September.

14.7 miles 3301 feet Point to Point

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rails trails

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

The Hiawatha Rail Trail is the crown jewel of rail-to-trail adventures. It was named to the hall of fame by the Rail-to-Trail Conservatory, one of only 15 trails across the United States to receive this designation. Begin your odyssey in Montana and immediately plunge deep underground to surface in Idaho where you'll stay for the rest of your historic wanderings. The Route of the Hiawatha may very well be the pride of America when it comes to trails. Descriptions can be exaggerated, but the sheer numbers can't lie. The trail is studded with ten tunnels (The longest is 8771 feet long.), seven trestles (The highest is 850 feet long and 230 feet high.), dozens of educational signs, thousands of trees and animals, hundreds of... Well, hopefully you get the picture. And while numbers don't lie, they also can't come close to describing the beauty and grandeur of this Idaho classic. A true trail fanatic could ride the Route of the Hiawatha and its nearby cousin, the Trail of the Couer d' Alenes and be in trail heaven. To access this trail, find Interstate 90, then turn off at either exit 61 if approaching from the Idaho side or exit 5 if approaching from the Montana side. It is a good idea to visit the website links provided with this guide for information about the trail fee, shuttle service, and bike rentals. Follow the path of the Milwaukee Road and enjoy a perfect path to paradise on the Route of the Hiawatha.

mountain biking
2 months ago

lovely trail with amazing views. The tunnels were fun, long but fun.

mountain biking
2 months ago

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.

mountain biking
3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

We had a lot of fun as a family! Everyone was friendly and we got loaded on the bus the minute we got to the bottom. We'll definitely go again!!

mountain biking
3 months ago

Amazing!!!!!!

4 months ago

mountain biking
5 months ago

Most scenic mountain bike trail I have ever ridden Would love to see it expanded. Ride back up for a good workout. 2% grade for most of trail beautiful tunnels and trestles

5 months ago

Very nice easy going and great scenery. I only complaint is the cost to do it and the cost to ride back in the bus.

mountain biking
1 year ago

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.

road biking
1 year ago

Beautiful

hiking
1 year ago

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.

mountain biking
1 year ago

mountain biking
2 years ago

Great fun and an easy downhill ride, we will do it again. Just make sure to bring a bright bike light for the tunnels, other than that it was great!

mountain biking
2 years ago

Very wonderful experience for my family!
I highly suggest taking the bus ride back to the top to not only save you time and energy, but if lucky, you will also get a little history lesson on the ride back up!

road biking
2 years ago

Simply awesome. Views are spectacular. Slight downhill makes ride easy.

2 years ago

I have done this trail twice and I love it ! The only tip I would give is make sure your flashlight on your bike has fresh batteries!

mountain biking
3 years ago

Awesome family outing. Very enjoyable

road biking
5 years ago

mountain biking
5 years ago

Definitely an easy trail as it is a very low grade downhill ride the whole way. Very beautiful area, and cool sensation to be riding through the many tunnels (especially the first 1.5 mile tunnel in the beginning), and over trestles that span over tree tops. A great trip to do with the kids. For those interested in the areas history, there are interpretive signs that tell a great deal about the area as you bike your way down.

mountain biking
6 years ago

Our family completed this trail easily. It is full of breathtaking views and since it is downhill, you have time to view it. There are several tunnels and trestles you must cross and pass through but they are very safe and my 8 year old had no trouble. You pass through the burn area from the famous 1910 fires and there are interpretive signs all through the trail. A shuttle bus will take you back to your car when you are finished. Overall a great day!