Posts tagged: Route of the Hiawatha
TRAILS — The Route of The Hiawatha rail-trail near Lookout Pass is set to open for the 2013 summer season on Saturday (May 25).
The 15-mile route for mountain biking or hiking follows the abandoned Milwaukee Railroad grade between the old town site of Taft, Mont., (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 at the Montana-Idaho border.
The gentle 1.6 percent average grade drops 1,000 feet over the 15 miles length with shuttle buses available to transport trial users and their bikes back to the top.
Trail passes, shuttle tickets and mountain bike rentals are available at Lookout Pass Ski Area conveniently located off I-90 at the top of the pass on the Idaho/Montana border 12 miles east of Wallace, Idaho.
Basic trail passes cost $6 for kids and $10 for adults. Season passes and group rates area available, as well as shuttle bus service from Lookout Pass, lunch options and guided tours.
The trail will be open daily, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. PDT, through Sept. 29.
Biking the Hiawatha is one of the Inland Northwest's top memorable adventures you can organize for an active outing with summer out-of-town guests.
BICYCLING — The Route of the Hiawatha mountain bike trail, with its popular tunnels and trestles near Lookout Pass, will close for the season at 5 p.m. on Sept. 30.
BICYCLING — The Route of the Hiawatha rail trail near Lookout Pass will be open for the season starting Saturday, says Phil Edholm at Lookout Pass Ski Area.
That's great news for folks planning bicycling outings over the Memorial Day weekend. Heck, people were skinning up and skiing the slopes in the area last week.
The nationally acclaimed 15-mile rail-trail uses the abandoned Milwaukee Railroad grade between the old town site of Taft, Mont., and the North Fork of the St. Joe River near Avery, Idaho.
The unpaved route features 10 tunnels and 7 trestles as high as 230 feet within the Loop Creek canyon at the crest of the scenic Bitterroot Mountains. The grade is a gentle 1.6 percent.
Trail passes, shuttle tickets, mountain bike rentals, souvenirs and picnic lunches are available at Lookout Pass Ski Area, just off I-90 at the Idaho/Montana border 12 miles east of Historic Wallace, Idaho.
Call (208) 744-1301 or visit www.ridethehiawatha.com for trail information. Equipment reservations are recommended.
The Hiawatha Trail is set to be open daily through Sept. 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
TRAILS — North Idaho continues to get a steady stream of good press from its world-class rail trails — the Route of the Hiawatha near Lookout Pass and the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes that runs from Mullan to Plummer.
A Rails-to-Trails Conservancy publication recently published a feature about Wallace entitled, “In Idaho, Former Silver Mining Town Reinvents Itself as Trails Destination.”
“When we use the phrase “destination trail,” the Route of the Hiawatha in Idaho is exactly what we have in mind,” the author says. “The trail itself is the draw; people come from across the country, and sometimes the world, to ride this 15-mile rail-trail through the spectacular Bitterroot Mountains and wilderness area, including a 1.6-mile tunnel.”
As recreation enthusiasts add it to their “bucket list” of adventures, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy named the Hiawatha to its Rail-Trail Hall of Fame earlier this year.
The nearby Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, North Idaho Centennial Trail and Old Milwaukee Road corridor, has meant to local populations have made “giant impact” on local communities, Wallace businessmen told the writer. The 72-mile Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes passes directly by Wallace, a geographical key to transferring trail-user numbers into commerce that fills up to 20 percent of the beds in the Wallace Inn during the summer trail season.
RAIL TRAILS – The popular Route of the Hiawatha Trail rail trail near Lookout Pass is scheduled to close for the season on Sunday, (Oct. 2).
CAMPING — Rich Servatius sent in this report after 12 days of exploring the Route of the Hiawatha and Loop Creek areas along the Montana-Idaho border.
My extended family and friends have been going there for about 15 years for a week or so. Each time we go the wildlife that we see changes.
The first year we saw 13 bears between us, the next year only one and haven’t seen any since.
We normally see about one moose per day; this year we saw one only.
We normally have deer hanging around our camp on Loop Creek; this year we mostly saw them in the old railroad tunnels, but did see some in the Loop Creek valley.
We saw lots of beaver the first five years; one this year.
We saw a few elk tracks this year and heard reports of 22 head near Dominion Peak a couple months ago, but we saw none.
Four years ago my sister saw a wolf near I-90 and close to St. Regis (our first sighting). This year a pack of wolves were howling just a hundred yards from me to the south of the Gold Hill trail, coming from Moon Pass direction (West). That was a little exciting and scary too. No wonder that the couple of ATV riders were carrying pistols. My only weapon was a rock.
As for huckleberries, they were ripe at lower elevations in places with lots of sun and I found one place higher up in an alpine meadow where the berries were 50 to a bush and juicy. It will be another couple of weeks before they start showing up in quantity.
Wild flowers were showing their splendor.
Shefoot mountain was pretty, but someone had left a fire burning at the top and a little trash.
If you go to that area, expect lots of bicycle traffic and dust.
We helped a couple of ATV riders clear the Idaho / Montana state line road for a few miles for ATV use. We didn’t have the equipment and gas and manpower to clear it for truck use. About 100 trees were down between Roland Pass and the paved road from the St. Joe River to St. Regis pass. Someone else had cleared the road before us, so these trees had probably blown down in the last few weeks. If you take that route; bring a chainsaw, help, shovels, and cable.
Spots of snow 2 feet deep were melting slowly. The snow on Shefoot Mtn. was melting fast…none on the road, which was clear.
Lots of flies and those *&%$#@ skeeters to bother people!
BICYCLING – The Route of the Hiawatha near Lookout Pass will open Saturday for its 14th season, officials confirmed today.
Lookout Pass Ski Area coordinates bus shuttles and bicycle rentals for the popular 15-mile rail trail that straddles the Montana-Idaho border.
The trail opened three weeks earlier last year when the mountains were not so loaded with snow.
The trail, which includes 10 tunnels and seven trestles as high as 230 feet, attracts visitors from around the world.
Crews have been working to clear snow from the trailhead at the east portal of the Taft Tunnel, which is the highest point of Route of the Hiawatha at 4,147 feet.
For details and bike rentals, call (208) 744-1301 or visit www.skilookout.com.
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