Hiawatha Rail Trail

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

DISTANCE
14.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3959 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

12 days ago

Easy going bike trail with beautiful scenery.

I opted to ride my bike both ways instead of taking the shuttle back up. I was told by the people who worked at Lookout Pass where I bought the trail pass where to stop before the path got too rocky to bike back up without some trouble.

Easy ride down....fairly easy ride back up.

Brought bike light and headlamp—didn’t need the headlamp. Brought warm gear to go through the longer tunnels because they get cold inside.

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hiking
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5 months ago

Awesome trail. Even in June it was pretty darn chilly in the tunnels and rained on us before the sun finally came out to warm us up.

road biking
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

mountain biking
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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

mountain biking
Friday, September 02, 2016

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.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

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
Monday, August 15, 2016

Amazing!!!!!!

Friday, July 29, 2016

mountain biking
Thursday, June 23, 2016

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

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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
Thursday, September 03, 2015

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.

mountain biking
Tuesday, September 01, 2015