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BICYCLING — The Route of The Hiawatha rail-trail near Lookout Pass is set to open for the 2014 summer season on Friday, May 24.
- See my feature story and photos on this “Idaho bucket list” family adventure.
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, 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 (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.
Trail passes ($6-$10), shuttle bus tickets ($6-$9) and mountain bike rentals ($20-$30) are available at Lookout Pass Ski Area 12 miles east of Wallace.
- By the way, the bike rentals they provide are GREAT smooth-riding fat-tire bikes, complete with helmets and EXTRA-BRIGHT headlights. You will be very glad you had the sense to have a VERY BRIGHT headlight for going through the St. Paul Pass Tunnel. Trust me.
The trail will be open daily, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., through Sept. 28.
BICYCLING — The Spokane Bike Swap isn't just the region's best place to buy or sell a bicycle.
The April 12-13 event at Spokane County Fair and Expo center also offers free helmets to kids who get bike,free prizes to the fist 2,500 people through the door, and more.
- Bike Consignment Check-In: Friday, April 11, 3-8 p.m.
- Donate, sell, shop on April 12-13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
BICYCLING — The second annual Spokane Bike Swap — a one-stop shop for people interested in buying or selling a bicycle — is set for April 13-14, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m both days, at Spokane County Fair & Expo Center.
There's no better time or place to make a deal on a bike, and the 5 percent consignment fee supports a cycling gem — the Spokane River Centennial Trail.
The event will feature a wide range of used bikes in the bike corral and seven local bike shops with new bikes and accessories.
Admission: $5 or kids under 13 free.
Sellers: check in bikes April 12 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sellers are urged to pre-register online.
“The goal of the Bike Swap is to enhance Spokane County's biking community by providing affordable bikes for transportation, recreation and fitness,” said LeAnn Yamamoto, event director.
DONATIONS AND FREEBIES
Free bike helmets: a limit number will be available April 13 for kids ages 3-16 in families of financial hardship through the Kiwanis Paint-A-Helmet program.
Donate a bike: You can donate a bike to sell for the total benefit of the Centennial Trail. The Friends of the Centennial Trail will store the bike if you want to bring it in days before the event. Call (509) 624-7188.