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Trail of the Hiawatha RIDETHEHIAWATHA.COM Thanks to hundreds of mountain peaks, thousands of miles of rivers and abundant wildlife, Idaho is an outdoor lover’s para- dise. Among many gems in the Gem State, Silver Mountain Resort shines brightly. The year-round resort, which is located in Kellogg in the Idaho Panhandle, is renowned for its challenging ski runs. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, visitors can enjoy snow- shoeing and snow tubing during the winter months. The moun- tain is the center of activity the rest of the year, too, thanks to its extensive system of well-developed biking and hiking trails. Two of the most popular options are the Trail of the Coeur D’alenes and the Trail of the Hiawatha. The former is a 72-mile paved, flat path that winds beside its namesake river and through rolling farmlands. Along Hiawatha, which is the result of a rails-to-trails project, cyclists follow the crest of the Bitterroot Mountains and go through 10 train tunnels during the 15-mile downhill ride. After a day of adventure, travelers can spend the night at the Morning Star Lodge. The property includes spacious rooms, large public gathering areas, a rooftop hot tub and more. A night’s stay also gives guests access to Silver Rapids, Idaho’s largest indoor waterpark. To learn more, contact Silver Mountain’s Cathryn Jerome at or go to All that glitters is silver 51