Route of the Hiawatha

Directions to Mountain Bike Trailheads

The Route of the Hiawatha may be accessed from three different directions.

Map to the Route of the Hiawatha

  1. From Interstate 90 going east or west, take the Taft Exit 5 in Montana (5 miles east from Lookout Pass Ski Area), and travel about two miles on Forest Highway 506 (Rainy Creek Road) to the East Portal Trailhead at the entrance to the renovated Taft Tunnel. Continuing on FH 506 another five miles over Roland Pass (elevation 5180'), takes you to the West Portal or Roland Trailhead at the other end of this 1.8 mile long biking and hiking tunnel.
  2. From St. Maries, Idaho, take Forest Highway 50 along the St. Joe River to Avery, then take Forest Highway 456 north 9 miles to the Pearson Trailhead parking lot. A shuttle bus travels between the Roland and Pearson Trailheads during the summer season.
  3. From Wallace, Idaho, take Forest Highway 456 (Moon Pass Road) south to the Pearson Trailhead, about 20 miles away at Loop Creek on the North Fork of the St. Joe River. FH 456 is a continuation King Street accessed from Cedar Street, as shown on the Wallace town map.
A detailed map showing the Route may be printed from this website as a PDF document.
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, see the rental section.
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If you would like information about other nearby trails and tourist attractions, use the Inquiry Form to contact the Friends of the Coeur d'Alene Trails and the Wallace Chamber of Commerce
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 the past 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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