Hiawatha Trail celebrates two decades
The Hiawatha Trail, a popular North Idaho bike trail, will celebrate its 20th anniversary Friday and Saturday.
Friday in Wallace, there will be drinks and a panel discussion about the making of the trail and what will happen in the next 20 years.
Saturday at 10 a.m., there will be a anniversary ceremony at the East Portal trailhead. Attendees can then ride the 15-mile trail, which is all downhill thanks to a shuttle service. Saturday evening, there will be a parade through Wallace and a presentation and film about the making of the Milwaukee Railroad.
For more information: ridethehiawatha. com.
The Route of the Hiawatha is a bike trail created from the old Milwaukee Road rail bed. The railroad here was built between 1906 and 1911 and after 70 years of hardship and glory was abandoned in 1980. In 1998 a portion of the route was reopened to recreational use in the form of a 15-mile groomed biking path that follows what was once the great Milwaukee Railroad. The trail takes you through 11 large train tunnels and across 9 sky-high trestles to the North Fork of the St. Joe River. Have your flashlights and bike lamps ready when you enter the 1.7 miles of darkness of The Taft Tunnel. Guided tours, bike rentals, and shuttles are available.