Bike Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park

Bike Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park

Going-to-the-Sun Road

Distance

32 Miles

Elevation Gain

2000 Feet

Activities

Cycling, Mountain Biking

Skill

Advanced

Season

Spring

Type

Out-and-Back

Easy Parking
Lake
River
Scenic

One of Glacier's best kept secrets - challenging ride with incredible views!

Every Spring (May - June) Going-to-the-Sun road remains closed to cars long after the snow has been plowed and melted. However, just past the Lake McDonald Lodge a sign declares the road open to Hikers and Bikers, providing one of Montana's best adventures. 

Follow Going-to-the-Sun Road in from West Glacier and drive as far as you can before hitting the road closure fence. Then, park in the nearest lot and begin your journey upwards.

While the road is moderate to begin with, once the climb begins there is little relief. Most bikers ride up to Logan Pass (6,646'), which was about 16 miles from the closure past Lake McDonald where we began. 

For 10 miles before the road reaches Logan Pass there is a constant ascent, with a gradient incline of roughly 5.7%. This ride is TOUGH. Be sure to bring twice as much food as you expect to eat as well as plenty of water. Bikes with plenty of gears are necessary. 

While you may feel like quitting, views at the Pass are unbeatable and you can coast the entire way down without touching the pedals.

Community Photos

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $99/night

Under Canvas Glacier

Coram, Montana

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So Special

Such a great ride! It is up hill but not steep. It's the best way to see the park without thousands of others people and cars. The closer to summer the more crowded so if you go on a weekend, get there early to find parking. You can bike up to the plow line during weekends all day and during the week, after the work hours.

One of the best rides I've ever done!

I would plan a trip to Glacier when Going to the Sun Road is still closed to cars just so you can do this ride. It's really special since you can only do it for a short time and during the weekends.

Distance

32 Miles

Elevation Gain

2000 Feet

Activities

Cycling, Mountain Biking

Skill

Advanced

Season

Spring

Type

Out-and-Back

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