Route of the Hiawatha Bicycle Trip

It is time for another M.A.S.S. bicycle trip down the Hiawatha. The "Route of the Hiawatha" was called one of the most scenic stretches of railroad in the country. Although there is no longer a railroad the scenic views have remained. We will be biking along 15 miles of the old railroad through 8 open tunnels and over 7 high trestles following the mountainous terrain.

It is a gentle downhill ride on an unpaved gravel road. Total riding time is about 2.5 hours, with a stop along the way for lunch and likely several more for taking in the scenery. So be sure to pack something tasty and bring water, especially if its going to be a hot day. Once we get to the bottom there will be a shuttle to take us (and our bikes) back up to the top.

We will be meeting in the NW corner of the Super Walmart Parking Lot in Missoula (North Reserve) at 8:30 am on Saturday, June 25th. Be on the look out for people with bikes and I'm sure more than a few of us will be sporting our favorite M.A.S.S. t-shirts.

Drivers with vehicles capable of hauling lots of people and/or bikes are extra welcome. Gas money donations to the drivers of you and your bike are encouraged.

We'll get our tickets for the trail ($9) and the shuttle bus ($9) at Lookout Pass. Children (6-13 yrs) are $6 for the trail and $6 for the shuttle bus, under that they are free. If you don't have a bike but would like to come along, bikes and equipment can be rented there. If you are interested in renting equipment they recommend calling ahead to reserve it, you can find more info on the website (listed below).

One important point if you have never ridden this trail before. The beginning of the ride starts with a mile and a half long tunnel (also by far the longest tunnel of the ride). There are no lights in this tunnel so you must bring a light. The tunnel is on completely flat ground and relatively wide but you can't see a thing without your light (either a strong head lamp or a light that can be attached to your bicyle).

Things to NOT forget:
  • Bicycle.
  • Helmet (you can't ride without one).
  • Light.
  • $18 for trail and shuttle passes.
  • Your Lunch.
  • Gas money donations as appropriate.

For more information of the Route of the Hiawatha bike trail, see...

If your are ready to see some beautiful country with great secular company come join us for a bicycle trip down the Hiawatha!