Route of the Hiawatha
About the Trail
This award winning non-motorized, developed, alpine trail is known for its beauty. The trail passes through nine tunnels and over seven high safe trestles on its way from the old abandoned town of Taft. The compact dirt and gravel trail begins with the 1.6 mile St. Paul Tunnel in Montana and exits into Idaho going along a gentle 2% grade to the Pearson Trailhead. The trail is equipped with frequent outhouses, tables and interpretive kiosks. The views from the Hiawatha from the trestles and overlooks are outstanding and change with the season that starts as snow leaves in late spring until it closes in early fall.
In order to ride the Hiawatha you need a helmet, lights and water. The Hiawatha requires a user fee and there is a separate fee if you wish to use the shuttle. Dogs are not allowed on the trail. If you want to camp those spaces are located at the base of the Hiawatha extending to from Pearson into the National Forest. There are unimproved sites along the beautiful North Fork of the Saint Joe River and improved sites a few miles down river or you may decide to head to Avery for very limited services or back to the Silver Valley or Montana for full services.
Skill Level: Easy beginner downhill and moderate uphill
Directions to the Trail
There are two ways to get to the Hiawatha:
- Down I-90 crossing over Lookout Pass from Idaho until you reach the Taft exit.
- The second way is to go through Wallace and over Moon Pass to the bottom of the Hiawatha at the Pearson Trailhead and either take the shuttle or peddle to the top and coast down.
Contact Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area at (208) 744-1301 or online ridethehiawatha.com.