In the first week of September of 2014, Sheri convinced me to make the trek to Wallace Idaho and ride the Route of the Hiawatha Bike Trail. For those who are unaware of this little treasure hidden in the outback of Idaho, here is the link to the official website (http://www.ridethehiawatha.com). At any rate the trail is 15 miles, and if started at the top it is a gentle 2-3% grade downhill. Bikes can be rented at the Lookout Pass ski resort along with passes for the trail and the return buss ride. You do have to transport the bikes from the ski resort to the trail head, but they do have racks for many car types.
The trail starts with a 2 mile tunnel that was pretty cool inside, fortunately we were wearing jackets so it was fine, but the constant water dripping did make for some good skunk tracks on our backs. On exiting the tunnel, we were treated with a very pretty falls, and then many miles of beautiful pine forests.
After exiting the tunnel and traveling you’ll want to take some time as you travel the trail and stop, and take an occasional short hike (100 ft.) to overlook some of the canyons. In addition to the many trestles that you’ll cross there several more tunnels (none as long as the first), but you will need the headlight on the bikes. Here is one of the shorter tunnels that we went through.
For those that want get more exercise and still see the trail, you can drive to the bottom of the trail, bike up it and then bike back down. This saves the bus pass, but you still need the trail pass.
This is a trail that is well worth the trip.