The temperatures in the Inland Northwest have finally calmed down so that it is actually pleasant to spend time outdoors. Even cycling sounds appealing right now and North Idaho is home to a whole lot of gorgeous trails and scenery. Enjoying the outdoors on a bicycle is a fun family activity with the added health benefits of fresh air, sunshine (vitamin D) and exercise.
The Route of the Hiawatha is a 15 mile family friendly trail that was at one time The Milwaukee Railroad. It takes approximately 2 1/2 hours to ride on bicycles through the tunnels and down the trail. Gorgeous views of Idaho and Montana are a breathtaking highlight as well as possible wildlife sightings. Remember to bring along a picnic lunch so you can stop and relax while taking in the beautiful scenery.
A few things to note before riding the Hiawatha Trail:
- The 1.66 mile long St. Paul Pass Tunnel can be bypassed if desired.
- Helmets and lights are required.
- A shuttle is available to take you to the trail head.
- Bike, helmet, and light rentals can be made at Lookout Pass Ski Area Lodge.
- Reservations for equipment are a good idea, but shuttle is on a first come first serve basis.
For directions, pricing, and other information, visit the website at www.ridethehiawatha.com or call 208-744-1301 ext. 16.
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