Route of the Hiawatha Trail - Saltese
This portion of the Olympian Hiawatha route has been called one of the most breathtaking scenic stretches of railroad in the country. The "crown jewel" of rail-to-trail mountain bicycle trails is operated by Lookout Pass Ski Area which is located adjacent to I-90 at the Idaho/Montana state line, 12 miles east of historic Wallace, Idaho.
Winding through 10 tunnels and 7 high trestles, this 15-mile route crosses the rugged Bitterroot Mountains between Idaho and Montana. The Route of the Hiawatha is best known for the long, dark St. Paul Pass, or Taft Tunnel, which burrows for 1.66 miles under the Idaho/Montana state line.
The best part is... the trail is a gentle downhill with shuttle buses at the bottom trailhead ready to take you and your bike back to the top. There are 46 historical and interpretive signs along the way.
The Route of the Hiawatha was named to the Rail-Trail "Hall of Fame", one of only 15 such trails in the country.
Helmets and lights are required and are available at Lookout Pass Ski Area's rental bike shop. Equipment reservations are recommended in July and August.