This week, we’re in Coeur d’Alene Idaho, and we’ve come to the area with one primary goal in mind. To ride the “Route of the Hiawatha” mountain bike trail.
The Hiawathata, which is located near the panhandle of Northern Idaho, straddles the Idaho/Montana border, and is part of the Rails-to-Trails conservancy program.
Rails-to-trails converts sections of defunct railroad tracks across America into some of the finest, most scenic, and most visited mountain bike trails in the country.
And The Route of the Hiawatha, some say, is the program’s crown jewel.
This epic ride (downhill, the whole way!) is 15 miles long, and includes 10 train tunnels, and 7 high trestle bridges.
And the experience was just unforgettable.
We lost our senses inside of long, dark (save for our handlebar-mounted flashlights) tunnels, drank in signboard after signboard of captivating local history, and peered off of sky-high trestle bridges, enjoying some of the finest scenery available in Idaho, Montana, and all of the Pacific Northwest.
The excursion wasn’t even all that expensive. And even less so, if you have your own bikes.
So, the next time you find yourself near the panhandle of Idaho, or northwestern Montana, be sure to check out the Route of the Hiawatha trail.
We had SO.MUCH.FUN. And we’d do it again in a heartbeat. We hope we get the chance to visit again in the not-too-distant future!
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