Where is The Hiawatha Trail in Idaho?
Where is The Hiawatha Trail in Idaho?

Where is The Hiawatha Trail?

Ever heard of the Hiawatha Trail in Idaho and wondered where it is located? The Hiawatha Trail, officially titled “Route Of The Hiawatha Trail” is a hiking and biking trail that stretches 15 miles. One of the best features for many on the Hiawatha Trail is that the trail is mostly downhill at a gentle 2% decline. The Hiawatha Trail is known for its unique route that takes users through 10 train tunnels and seven high-altitude bridge trestles. So, if you are afraid of heights, the Hiawatha Trail might move you out of your comfort zone. 


What Can You Do On The Hiawatha Trail?

While you can hike the Hiawatha Trail, many people bike on the scenic Idaho trail. While it’s common for people to bring their own bike, if you are visiting or don’t have one, you can rent a bike from the staff at Route of the Hiawatha. Bike rentals include standard bikes, tandem bikes, bikes with child tag-along trailers, recumbent bikes, and even adult tricycles! Helmets are required for all riders on the trail.

A fee is charged for all-day trail usage and shuttle trips. Prices vary by age and day of the week. For example, the adult ticket rate differs on weekends from weekdays. For up-to-date pricing, we recommend checking the official website. However, you can usually save a bit in general by making reservations in advance. 

Riders on the trail can catch a shuttle carrying passengers and their bikes on the shuttle from the southern side of the Hiawatha Trail back up to the northern side of the Hiawatha Trailhead in Montana. While reservations are not required, they are highly recommended, especially during summer. It’s worth noting that the bike rental, tickets, service, and information centers for the Hiawatha Trail are located at the Lookout Pass Ski Area right off I-90 at the start of the Hiawatha Trail.


Where is the Hiawatha Trail Located?

The Hiawatha Trail is located about 2 hours east of Coeur d’Alene in Northern Idaho by I-90. The Hiawatha Trail has a trailhead on the Northern side located in Montana, and the other side of the 15-mile Hiawatha Trail ends in Pearson, Idaho. Access to the Hiawatha Trail can be found at the Northern Hiawatha Trail Trailhead, located just south of the East Portal and Rainy Creek Road 506 in Montana. The Southern end of the trailhead lands users at the Hiawatha Trailhead in Pearson. The parking area for the Hiawatha Trail Trailhead is a convenient 2 miles south of I-90. Parking can be found in the trailhead’s northern and southern portions. 

Route of the Hiawatha Trail is another outdoorsy gem that locals and visitors enjoy here in Idaho. Whether you are stopping by and visiting Coeur d’Alene or are a resident of the area, we recommend going outside and experiencing the Hiawatha trail at least once!