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Tue., May 20, 2014, 1:05 p.m.

Route Of Hiawatha Opens Saturday

The Route of the Hiawatha rail-trail near Lookout Pass is set to open for the 2014 summer season Saturday. The 15-mile route for mountain biking or hiking follows a portion of the abandoned Milwaukee Railroad on a mostly downhill grade between the old town site of Taft, Montana, (off Interstate 90) and the North Fork of the St. Joe River near Avery, Idaho. Top attractions include seven trestles towering up to 230 feet over the creeks and forest and 10 tunnels, including the 1.7-mile St. Paul Pass Tunnel  (Taft Tunnel) at the Montana-Idaho border. Pedal the route down and back on your own for a 30-miler or ride the downhill route and board a shuttle bus for a lift back to the start/Rich Landers, SR. More here. (SR file photo: Bicyclists exit the Taft Tunnel and emerge into the surrounding beauty of the national forest)

Question: Have you ridden the Route of the Hiawatha? How many times?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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