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Glacier National Park
- Aug 11, 2014 - Aug 15, 2014
- Aug 18, 2014 - Aug 22, 2014
Our Glacier road tour is the absolute best way to experience Glacier National Park. The riding is unmatched in its beauty and diversity. There are options for a wide range of cyclists and the historic hotels are reminiscent of the time when the average visit to the Park was 3 weeks, not 3 hours! On our 5-day itinerary you will travel back in time to the grand hotels of the golden age of travel as you pedal through fantastic glacial valleys.
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Glacier National Park Itinerary
MEETING TIME AND PLACE
This trip meets at 9:00 AM MST at Best Western Rocky Mountain Lodge 6510 Hwy 93 South, Whitefish, Montana, 406-862-2569. You will need to spend the night before in Whitefish.
ENDING TIME AND PLACE
We will return to Whitefish between 2:00-3:00 PM on the last day.
We begin with a half hour shuttle out of the Whitefish Valley towards the peaks looming to the north. We start in the village of Apgar and begin with a great warm up ride on the Camas Creek Road. The fire of 2006 covered much of this area, and the resulting views give us a peek at what is in store for us the rest of the week—majestic peaks towering above glacial cirques in almost every direction! We will do a short hike to learn more about fire and its role in forest life before having lunch on the western edge of the park. We then return to Apgar, where we will have a moment to explore the visitor center and enjoy Lake McDonald. The red and green pebbles of Apgar Beach were carried by the glaciers from sedimentary rocks 40 miles up the valley. In the afternoon we finish with a short ten mile cruise along the shores of this magical lake to the Lake McDonald Lodge the first of the historic park lodges we will enjoy this week. We will have appetizers on the porch before dinner at the lodge. TOTAL MILEAGE: 32 miles
Today is big! We must begin our ascent of the Going to the Sun Road early in the morning, as the road on the west side of Logan Pass closes to cyclists at 11 AM. Our early start in warm clothes gives us the advantage of significantly less traffic and much better potential for wildlife sightings. The views today are so awe inspiring you will hardly notice you are climbing 3000 feet to the pass! From a distance, the road is a faint cut right into the Garden Wall. The giant arête was formed 1 million years ago by ancient glaciers. We will ride right by the Weeping Wall as we make our way to the Continental Divide at the top of the pass. Once arriving at Logan Pass, we will check out the visitor center, before heading down to our lunch at Sun Point. A short hike here gives us a great view of St Mary Lake and its ring of spectacular peaks. From here we will shuttle up to the fantastically situated Prince of Wales Hotel with its incredible views of Waterton Lake and Mount Alderson. TOTAL MILEAGE: 40 miles
After breakfast, while enjoying one of the best views on the planet, we will pedal out of the Waterton Valley on our way to Many Glacier. The morning’s ride finds us in the shadow of Chief Mountain, where the native Blackfeet Indians had may a vision quest. Our rolling route brings us to lunch just outside the park’s eastern border. From here we drop down into Lake Sherburne Valley. The Many Glacier Hotel is situated right on Switftcurrent Lake and from the back porch both mountain goats and bear can often be seen. The sunset from this spot is quite impossible to forget! TOTAL MILEAGE: 52 miles
As we leave the Many Glacier Lodge, we will ride to the tiny town of Babb. Along the way, we may see some bears out enjoying the morning. From Babb, we will ride south along the eastern border of the park. This will bring us along the shores of Lower Saint Mary Lake. We go up and over the shoulder of Divide Mountain and every corner brings another spectacular view. After a delicious picnic lunch, we begin the rolling descent to East Glacier, where yet another beautiful historic hotel awaits us. The lobby at the Glacier Park Lodge is lined with 40 foot tall Douglas fir pillars and is quite dramatic. TOTAL MILEAGE: 67 miles
Our last day begins with a short backtrack up to the Two Medicine turn off. This lovely valley was a home for the native Blackfeet. After visiting the lake, we will stop for a quick hike to Running Eagle Falls. This unique waterfall changes its course as the water level drops and is named for a Blackfoot woman who was a warrior and led raids on the enemy. Our cruise back into East Glacier is a great way to finish our voyage. After a picnic on the beautiful grounds of the hotel, we will shuttle back to Whitefish. TOTAL MILEAGE: 26 miles
Physical Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced.
Altitude: 4,500 - 6,800 feet
Please Note: Accommodations may be changed due to availability.