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The Route of the Hiawatha Opens Friday

The Route of the Hiawatha opens for the season tomorrow, Friday, May 27.

It’s been called one of the most scenic stretches of railroad in the country. Winding through nine tunnels and over seven high steel trestles, the 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 state line.

Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area, in partnership with the Forest Service, manages this trail through a permit. For information on operational hours, trail tickets, shuttles, bike rentals and general questions about the trail please visit:

(USDA Forest Service photo by Gina Davis)