The Hiawatha Trail | A Family Bike Ride

Want to ride 15 miles with your kids in the cool mountain air of Northern Idaho? Riding across old railway trestles and through long dark tunnels? Downhill all the way with a shuttle bus at the bottom to bring you back?

It's scenic, interesting, well-staffed. Really a great adventure, even for the youngest bikers {we had a four-year-old and five-year-old in our group}! Just bring plenty of water and lots of snacks.

Here are my trip tips:
  • Bring a first aid kit in case little ones crash and need a bandaid.
  • Carry at least 2 liters of water per person {a hydration backpack works really well}.
  • Have snacks prepared in advance and take breaks often along the trail {like at every mile marker}.
  • Don't forget headlamps or helmets, they are required.
  • Headlamps can be tied to the front of helmets -- convenient.
  • A light sweater will help in the chilly tunnels {especially the nearly-two-mile long one}.
  • Wear close-toed shoes and comfortable shorts.
  • The trail is gravely {although not too loose}, so put your knobby tires on.
  • Make a joyful noise in the tunnels!! We sang "It Is Well" in four-part harmony. It was incredible.
  • Bring friends. Seriously. It will make a HUGE difference in the kids' motivation to finish.
  • Bring LOTS of snacks and hand them out generously. Oh, did I already mention snacks? #bigdeal ;p

Check out for more details, reserve yourself a spot and then pick up your tickets at Lookout Pass Ski Area {you can rent bikes, helmets and headlamps there also}.

Unfortunately, this is not a sponsored post. Nobody paid me to say nice things about the Hiawatha Trail. We just love it that much. :)