Get ready to ride: Route of the Hiawatha Trail gears up for 20th anniversary

(U.S. Forest Service photo)

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Route of the Hiawatha Trail on June 22 and 23. This family friendly event will highlight the trail’s rich history, the community effort that made it the “Crown Jewel” rail-trail that it is today, and look ahead to its long-term sustainability.

A wide range of events are planned including historic presentations on development of the Route of the Hiawatha, a commemorative ceremony and bike ride, vendor fair, parade, and more.

The Route of the Hiawatha Trail 20th anniversary celebration will continue throughout the summer, making it a great year to ride the trail. This celebration is also in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act and the important role that recreation trails play in our communities.

The scenic, all downhill, 15-mile Route of the Hiawatha Trail straddles the Idaho/Montana border in the Bitterroot Mountains. This family-friendly trail winds through the St. Joe Ranger District of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests, along the abandoned Milwaukee Railroad grade through the St. Paul Pass Tunnel, additional tunnels, and over seven high steel trestles.

Trailside signs enhance the experience, telling the story of the railroad and the area’s rich history.

Helmets and lights are required to ride the trail which is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 26th through September 23rd, 2018. Adult and junior mountain bikes, helmets, bright lights, tag-a-longs and burley canvas trailers for young children are all available for daily rentals at Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area.

For more information, including a detailed schedule of events, follow this link.