Route of the Hiawatha
Mountain Bike Trail Map
The Pay-For-Use Route of the Hiawatha runs 1.7 miles from the East Portal of the Taft Tunnel to the West Portal at Roland, and continues another 13.3 miles downhill to Pearson. The Route of the Hiawatha Rail-Trail will be open daily from Saturday, May 26 through Sunday, September 23, 2018. The trail, trailheads, and facilities are open from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT). During the peak season, June 18 thru September 3, the hours are extended to 5:30 PM (PDT). There is a shuttle service available that provides transportation between the Roland and Pearson trailheads for an additional fee.
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    If you would like to visualize traveling along The Route of the Hiawatha BEFORE you ride it, AND you have the FREE Google Earth program installed, check out this 3D tour from Taft (I-90, exit 5) to the Pearson Trailhead with stops along the way: taft2pearson.kml. Route of the Hiawatha homepage

The Taft Tunnel is open this summer with a parking, comfort and information center located 2 miles off Interstate 90, Exit 5, at the East Portal. However, the concessionaire's shuttle bus runs only between the West Portal (ROLAND) and the lower trailhead (PEARSON), so if you park at the East Portal, you must also plan to ride back through the Taft Tunnel to your car at the end of the day. If you plan on driving over Roland Pass to the West Portal trailhead, you should know that the road is "primative" and one lane in places. However, bikers getting a late start in the day may wish to park at Roland, Moss Creek, or Pearson to expedite connection with the shuttle. Sometimes parents with small children and others will park at Roland and ride east into the completely dark Taft Tunnel, turning around and heading back towards the light if comfort levels are exceeded. Many locals prefer to drive from Wallace over Moon Pass on Forest Road 456 to the Pearson parking lot and ride up the 2% grade in the cool of the morning, returning downhill in the afternoon or early evening. Access to Forest Road 456 is indicated on the Wallace map.

When planning your trip, remember that helmets and lights are mandatory because of the many unlit tunnels with high rock ceilings on the Route of The Hiawatha. If you need to rent these items, mountain bikes or child transport equipment, please see the rental section.
If you would like information about OTHER NEARBY TRAILS and tourist attractions, use the handy Inquiry Form on the Route of the Hiawatha homepage.
Thank you for your interest in this Silver Valley attraction. Please note that my webwork is in no way associated with the current Route of the Hiawatha concessionaire, but is based on public information, my experience renting bicycles for this Forest Service concession during the summer of 2001, and my work counseling recreational tourists at the Wallace Mining Museum and Information Center during ten summers. I am associated, however, with the Friends of the Coeur d'Alene Trails, a non-profit corporation that actively promotes all regional bicycle activities, adventures, and resources.
Greg Marsh, Ph.D.
Marsh Scientific Services



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