Route of the Hiawatha Rail-Trail
will be open daily from Friday, May 27 thru Sunday,
September 25, 2016.
The trail, trailheads, and facilities are open from 8:30 AM to
5:00 PM. During the peak season, June 20 thru September 5, the hours
are extended to 5:30 PM (Pacific Daylight Time).
The 2016 Day Use Pass for the
$10 for people over 13, and
$6 for those between 6 and 13.
These passes are the same price as last year.
Children under 6 are free.
As always, all children under 14 years
of age must be accompanied by an adult.
A shuttle bus between Roland and Pearson Trailheads
operates daily from June 11 thru September 18, 2016. As shown on the
color coded trail map below, the bus, and possibly other
vehicles, share a small portion of the
Route with the
An extra late afternoon shuttle run will be added on weekends
during the peak season,
which runs from June 20 through September 5, 2016.
Check at these trailheads for the posted times of departure.
Dogs are not permitted on the
Route of the Hiawatha.
While there is a user fee to ride or walk the
Hiawatha, you may always
bike and hike for free up Loop Creek, beneath the trestles.
Also, you may ride east for free 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
Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes.
Finally, you may continue on from the
Trailhead to Avery and the Saint Joe River
following the Milwaukee Road railbed south.
We worked with the national
to Trails Conservancy to place signs
along the rest of the 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.
If you would like to visualize some of these recreational trails, AND you
FREE Google Earth program installed,
check out the following KML animated tours: