The Rails to Trails Crown Jewel

About

The Route of the Hiawatha and the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes are part of a 300K Rail to Trail System known as the Bitterroot Loop. The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes is a paved 72 mile, mostly flat trail that wanders through the Silver Valley, the Coeur d’Alene River Valley, the Chain Lake Region, and along Lake Coeur D Alene. The crown jewel of the Bitteroot Loop, and perhaps the crown jewel of the entire Rails to Trails system, is the Route of the Hiawatha. The Route of the Hiawatha is a 15 mile downhill route, beginning in Montana and ending in Idaho. The packed dirt and gravel path takes you over spectacular soaring train trestles and into miles long deep dark tunnels. See waterfalls and remnants of the people who built the West all while gliding through the hills and forests of Idaho and Montana’s National Forest land.

Riding the Hiawatha

The Route of the Hiawatha is managed by Lookout Pass, located on Exit 0 of I90 on the Idaho/Montana state line. Lookout Pass rents bikes and sells trail and shuttle passes. Most people choose to buy a shuttle pass so they can ride the Hiawatha one way downhill and then be shuttled back to the top. Once you have everything you need from Lookout, you’ll head East back to Exit 5 in Montana to the start of the trail. Don’t forget to bring a headlamp or flashlight for the dark tunnels!

Route of the Hiawatha
The Route of The Hiawatha. The Crown Jewel of the Rail to Trail System.

Bike Rentals

Most people rent bicycles for the Hiawatha at Lookout Pass and E-Bikes from The Spokehouse in Wallace. There are days that Lookout Pass does not have availability. Other times, riders want to ride both the Hiawatha and the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes. In these situations, renting a Hybrid bike from The Cycle Haus might be the answer. Hybrids are a cross between a road bike and a mountain bike, making them a good option for the paved Trail of the CDA’s and the compact dirt of the Hiawatha. See our Hiawatha rental options below. Please note that the Cycle Haus is located in Harrison, ID approximately a 1 hour drive from the Route of the Hiawatha, so you’ll need to arrange for transportation of your bike. The Hiawatha is a muddy trail, and bikes often get damaged on the bus ride back to the top. For this reason, we only allow certain bikes on the Hiawatha and the rental rate is slightly higher than our Trail of the CDA rentals.

Hiawatha Bike Rentals

Diamondback Clarity

A 21 speed hybrid designed for both paved and dirt trails.

Price: 2hr: $25 | 4hr: $35 | 8hr: $50 | 24hr: $60 | Multi-day: $45/day | $15 Hiawatha fee
Height: 5'4"-6'1" | Weight: Up to 250lbs
Hiawatha

Diamondback Edgewood

A tall 21 speed hybrid designed for both paved and dirt trails.

Price: 2hr: $25 | 4hr: $35 | 8hr: $50 | 24hr: $60 | Multi-day: $45/day | $15 Hiawatha fee
Height: 5'10"-6'4" | Weight: Up to 300lbs
Hiawatha