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Notice: The US Forest Service has closed the Borax Tunnel indefinitely as it is in imminent danger of collapse.Contact the Superior Ranger Station at Lolo National Forest for more information and...
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The Railroad Right-of-Way Trail winds through the pristine wilderness of Idaho's Targhee National Forest. The sprawling forest is a unit of the even larger Caribou-Targhee National Forest, which...
First of all let me say I’ve been traveling the United States for two years now and ridden more than 60 rail trails with my wife. We were excited after hearing about this trail. We rode the trail on Friday and were required to buy shuttle tickets to bring us back to the top which we didn’t want. We have ebikes. Then they wanted an additional $10 because they were ebikes. We paid $60 for the privilege of riding their trail which included a shuttle service we didn’t want and couldn’t even use unless we gave them another $10. The trail itself is so bumpy my hands were knumb and the bathrooms are in the same condition.
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As of today, September 4, 2021, the description of the Snake River Trail is out of date. There is now a continuous trail from Shoshone Falls on the East to Washington Street on the West. I’m not sure of the exact distance, but it’s at least 5 miles 1 way, maybe a little longer. I ride it several times a week, weather permitting. The ride up out of Shoshone Falls is quite steep with hairpin turns. I have an electric bike so I can do it easily, but would have a hard time otherwise. I’m a 72 year old female. Younger athletic folks with good bikes can come up with a bit of extensive effort.
Forest fires still smoldering
My second ride on Hiawatha was on an e-bike and it was a blast ¿ Rode down and up, faster up than down. Love it¿¿
Glad we went on a weekday. And seeing 5 moose made our day. The bridge is awesome also. One of my very favorite rides.
I ride a lot of mountain bike trails. My wife does not. However, we enjoy riding together. Rails to Trails have been great for us to do together. This trail was perfect! We started at the Warm River Campground. Yes, it costs $7 to park there BUT the facility was well kept and beautiful. The upkeep is not free. I don’t mind paying for what I use. From the campground we biked to the tunnel. The tunnel is cool. It was like looking at a relic from the past with stories buried into the rocks, walls and wood beams. All along the ride you have AMAZING views of a beautiful river. Sometimes it is as calm as a baby sleeping. Other segments it’s as furious as a toddler being told NO. My wife and I enjoyed it all! The grade is gradual with a sight incline on your way out and a nice decline on your way back. We went to the cattle guard gate and turned around. It was a great ride. We
Went from Saltese to Lookout Pass one day and Lookout Pass to Mullan the following day. Take a map. Only saw three signs indicating Northern Pacific Trail and they were on the Idaho side, very little help. The Borax tunnel is closed but a steep bypass route is available, hike-a-bike up this steep road. Again this is a multi-use trail, 10 ATVs passed by, campers along the trail, Forest Service truck and semi with excavator on a trailer came down the trail, plus a few bikers encountered on the trail. Saw a number of deer, including a very nice buck. Trail condition was good and easy enough to ride. On the Idaho side a couple mile section of the trail has a 4% grade, the norm is 2%. That section was easy to coast down with a little more effort to come up but still not terrible. The trail map shows the trail ending at the fish hatchery but the description talks about starting in Mullan. Estimate the overall trail length from Saltese to Mullan to be close to 28 miles. Don’t expect trail signage, take a map, and read the trail description details.
For our second visit to Hiawatha we were on pedal assist e-bikes. Rode down then up, WOW what a blast. Can’t wait to do it again.
Rode this trail in June, 2021 on the 3rd day of the 300k Bitterroot loop. We started in Harrison & rode to Wallace on Day 1, to Haugan on Day 2, then turned around and headed West & South to Avery on Day 3, and on to St Maries on Day 4.
The Hiawatha trail is managed by the Lookout Pass Ski Area. You are supposed to pick up your trail pass at the Ski Area on the day you are riding, but our route that day did not take us past the Ski Area (we were riding from Haugan on the Olympian trail). So we purchased our trail passes online, printed out our receipt, and exchanged the receipt for our trail passes at the East Portal of the St Paul Pass Tunnel.
Trail surface was excellent -- packed dirt with no large rocks or ruts, and just a few potholes. No problem riding on our road bikes (gravel bikes) with 35 mm tires. A little muddy inside the tunnels, but still ridable. Our pannier racks kept the mud from spraying up onto our backs. Be sure to bring headlight, rear flasher, and a windbreaker or long sleeves for the tunnels. Awesome scenery through miles of wilderness, did not see any roads or buildings for miles.
At the South end of the trail in Pearson, you can turn around and ride back, or arrange for space on a shuttle bus when you purchase the trail passes. Or you can continue beyond Pearson to Avery. There are 2 routes to Avery -- Moon Pass Road is a public gravel road that uses the old RR grade up above the St Joe River. Road 300 is a narrow road alongside the St Joe River. We took Moon Pass Road to experience more of the old RR trestles and tunnels. But the gravel was loose, we had to do a lot of weaving to avoid loose peastones. I think the surface is better on 300.
Rode the Nor Pac Trail in June, 2021 as second leg of the 300k Bitterroot Loop. The signs showing the connection from the Coeur D'Alene trail have been swiped, here is the route we took: At the Coeur D'Alene trailhead in Mullan, continue East on River, which turns into Friday, which turns into Larson. 1 1/2 miles from the Coeur D'Alene trailhead bear left to stay on Larson (not right to WIllow Creek). After another 1 3/4 miles on Larson, turn right onto Yellowstone (no street sign). Go up the hill and the Nor Pac is at the top -- take a sharp right onto the trail. After 2 1/2 miles on the Nor Pac, take a 180 turn to the left to stay on the Nor Pac (the railroad must have had a switchback here).
The Nor Pac surface is packed dirt with no soft sand. There are some small rocks, ruts, and potholes, but you can steer around them. I was able to ride it without difficulty using a road bike (gravel bike design) with 35 mm tires. Beautiful scenery of forest and mountains climbing up to Lookout Pass. Snacks available at the Lookout Pass ski area. I would have given this trail 5 stars, except that the dirt surface will be muddy after a rain.
As others have reported, the Borax Tunnel on the Montana side is closed, with no ridable detour. We rode the 5 miles from Lookout Pass to Taft on I-90, which is legal in Montana. Yes, there is truck traffic, but there is a wide paved shoulder for the bikes. We have rear flashers & rear view mirrors & are comfortable riding on highway shoulders at home, so for us it was not a problem. We exited at Taft & jumped back on the Nor Pac to Saltese. The trail runs alongside I-90 between Taft and Saltese.
If you are going to stop at the Old Montana bar in Saltese for lunch, ride all the way to the end of the NorPac at the I-90 Saltese exit. If continuing East beyond Saltese, turn right off the NorPac 1/2 mile before Saltese and climb up the hillside to the Olympian Trail. The turnoff is marked with a sign pointing to the "upper grade" which means the Olympian Trail. Saltese has a motel & dinner is available, but not breakfast. So we continued on the Olympian Trail to Haugan & stayed there.
Rode the trail in June, 2021 as the first leg of the 300k Bitterroot Loop. Left our car at Harrison, stayed overnight at the Lakeview Lodge, and rode next day from Harrison to Wallace. Stayed at the Wallace Inn & then next day continued East to Mullan, then continued on Nor Pac & Olympian trails to Haugan. Trail surface was paved & very smooth, no problem for road bikes. Great views of Coeur D'Alene Lake & River. If it fits with your schedule, ride on a weekday, it will be less crowded.
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