ROUTE OF THE HIAWATHA SEASON VISITATION RECORD
September 29, 2016
We are pleased to announce a new visitation record of 43,849 riders on the Hiawatha Trail during the 2016 season. The new record represents an 11.2% increase over the previous record of 39,401 visitors set in 2015.
The Route of the Hiawatha has received national and international prominence and Rail-Trail Hall of Fame status from the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy, Washington D.C. One of only 15 such designations in the country. Our estimates indicate the trail generates approximately 8 million dollars in tourism dollars to the regional economy.
The 1.66 mile long St. Paul Pass Tunnel is a highlight of the trail described as one of the “most scenic” rail-trails in the country. The Hiawatha features 9 train tunnels and 7 sky high trestles over its 15 mile length. The best part is, it’s all a gentle downhill with shuttle buses available to transport you and your bike back to the top.
All good things come to an end and the 2016 Hiawatha season concluded on September 25th. Projected season opening next year is May 27, 2017.
Lookout Pass is now gearing up for the 2016-2017 winter season. Weather predictions are looking positive for above average snowfall at Your #1 Powder Place. Visit www.skilookout.com for the most affordable season pass rates in the region.