A MILWAUKEE ROAD
page has been added to this website. It features our work
to incorporate the Milwaukee Road railbed as part of an
185 mile loop
that promises to gain worldwide attention for the variety of
scenery and topography that it encompasses.
animations have been added to this new page, so a bird's eye view
of the entire loop is available for study and day dreaming.
Trail for the
Old Milwaukee Scenic/Alternate Trail between Pearson
(lower trailhead for
the Route of the Hiawatha)
and Marble Creek on the Saint Joe River, 24 miles away.
Coeur d'Alene Audubon has compiled a checklist of birds for the
bike trail. It is available as a PDF file that can be printed out from
Coeur d'Alene Audubon
State Park, on the west side of the Chatcolet Bridge,
is now charging a $4 parking fee.
As stated on our map,
any group wishing to host a special
event on the trails must have authorization from proper
Start by calling the Idaho Parks and Recreation office
at the Cataldo Mission, (208) 682-3814.
They will direct
you to Forest Service or Tribal authorities if
required by your event's location.
Route of the Hiawatha
continued to grow in popularity in 2010.
"July riders totaled 11,321 and August attendance surpassed even that record with 12, 263 riders."
(Shoshone News-Press, September 7, 2010).
However, now that the Route
is closed for the season,
remember that you may
bike and hike for free up Loop Creek, beneath the trestles,
as soon as the snow disappears in the spring and as
long as weather permits in the fall.
You may also freely travel from the
Portal to the town of Saltese, Montana, also on the
Milwaukee Road railbed. Or, you may ride free from
the East Portal west on the Northern Pacific railbed to
Lookout Pass, where you have the choice of
routes down to Mullan and the
of the Coeur d'Alenes. Finally, you may continue
on from the
Trailhead to Avery and the St. Joe River
following the Milwaukee Road railbed south.
We are working with the national
to Trails Conservancy to place signs
along the rest of The Old Milwaukee Road from the
Pearson trailhead to Avery and beyond.
This is the initial part of our effort to complete a
mile bike loop in our region.
The Pearson-Avery Figure Eight
was ridden on Saturday, September 16, 2006.
This fun 22 mile bicycle ride on fairly flat terrain followed
both dirt roads that connect Pearson (the lowest
Route of the Hiawatha trailhead)
and the town of Avery.
A map of the Pearson Avery Figure Eight, complete
with milepost commentary and photos, is now on our
The riders stayed at the North Fork (of the St. Joe) Campground.
To get there from Wallace, follow Forest Road 456 over Moon Pass,
and travel past the Pearson Trailhead. There will be
TWO trestles that you must pass over before getting to Avery:
one over Big Dick Creek, and the other over the North Fork of
the St Joe River. Take the ramp at the south end of the trestle over
the North Fork. The campground is ½ mile downstream,
near Milepost 24. It is well marked, as shown by the picture.
If you are coming from St. Maries, take Forest Road 456 in Avery,
but do not cross the first trestle, take the ramp instead.
This beautiful and isolated
route between Pearson and Avery
may be seen from the air... IF you have the
FREE Google Earth program installed.
Renovation work on the
North Fork Joe Campground has been completed
so there are 5 camp units available for summer 2009. Vault toilets.
"Pack It In, Pack It Out" refuse policy. No developed water.
Trailers are not recommended. Although not yet reflected on the
Forest Service website, the name has been changed to
"Telichpah Campground" after a local Indian woman.
Seven other campgrounds are nearby, beginning a few miles east of Avery
along the spectacular St. Joe River Gorge, which is known for great
fly fishing, white-water kayaking and rafting.