Full steam ahead along the Milwaukee Road

  • Article by: JAMES MCCOMMONS , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 4, 2010 - 9:28 AM

A bike ride in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana and Idaho follows the Milwaukee Road's rail route.

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jpickenSep. 4, 10 9:19 PM

Great story, James! I want to pack my family and our bikes and hurry out there. We've ridden the Sparta-Elroy trail here in Wisconsin a few times, with and without the kids. It's another beautiful rail-to-trail route, complete with tunnels. I'd love to see the mountains and lakes along the trail as you describe them. Thanks for painting the picture for all of us!

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jsvoelkerSep. 4, 10 9:22 PM

We did the route of the Hiawatha in July this year. What a fun bike ride! Starts with a two mile tunnel and then several more tunnels and bridges in the mountains. Even saw a deer running out of a tunnel in front of some riders. Lots of families with little kids doing the ride too. Fun for the whole family.

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pdempseySep. 4, 1011:37 PM

I have been planning a trip to thsi trail for a while and will be going there next spring. Here is the website http://www.skilookout.com/hiawatha/ Amazing pictures in the picture section. Take the AmTrak to Montana then rent a car to the head of the trail and make a weekend of bike riding. Then take the trail home or rent a car home and visit the Black Hills and Devil's Tower and bike the new bike trail in the Black Hills. This is a great story and glad to see it published in the Strib

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ztwoodsSep. 5, 10 9:49 AM

My wife and I rode the Hiawatha trail a couple of summers ago. You have to get a trail pass, (we purchased ours at the ski lodge), you can rent a bike, headlamp, and anything else you need at the lodge. The views are incredible and the ride is a lot of fun!

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