Route of Hiawatha to open May 30
The Route of the Hiawatha rail trail is scheduled to open for the season on May 30.
Lingering snow patches are preventing a Memorial Day weekend opener for the popular 15-mile bike route that follows the old Milwaukee Railroad grade along the Montana-Idaho border near Lookout Pass.
The Hiawatha Trail, which includes 10 tunnels plus seven trestles as high as 230 feet, will be open daily through early October, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., said Phil Edholm of Lookout Pass Ski Area.
Lookout Pass runs bus shuttles for cyclists who want to pedal the trail downhill and catch a ride back to the trailhead.
Visitors also can rent bikes, helmets and headlamps — mandatory for negotiating the darkness of the 1.7-mile-long Taft Tunnel. Reservations are suggested.
For more Information, call (208) 744-1301 or visit www.ridethehiawatha.com.