Glacier: Going-to-the-Sun Road

June 02, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Hey Everyone!

When I lived in Columbia Falls, MT, one of my favorite things to do in Glacier was bike the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Logan Pass. The benefit of living there, is that each week you can bike as far as the road is open. As the plows get higher and higher, you get stronger and stronger. Well, this time we only had a long weekend so we were biking to the top straight off the couch, with no training. Turns out that's much harder to do.

From Avalanche Campground, the first few miles are fairly flat. Eventually you start to climb and it doesn't stop until you get to the top.

One of the popular turnaround spots is The Loop, the only switchback in the entire 50-mile road.

But if you keep going, the views only get better and better.

 

Then higher we climbed, the closer and snowier it got. Eventually we we made it to the waterfalls along the road. The most popular being the Weeping Wall. We pulled over and put on rain gear to protect us from the wind and water.

 

One of my favorite things about riding up the road early season, is that the guard rails aren't installed yet.

 

After 16 miles and about 3,000 feet of climbing, we made it to Logan Pass. It was cold and CRAZY windy, so we only stayed long enough to drink our beers and eat snacks.

The benefit of all uphill on the way up, means it's all downhill on the way back. We only stopped a few times for more photos. 

       

It takes us about 4 hours to climb to the top and like 40 minutes to get back to the car. That whole 40 minutes you're basically flying. It's the greatest. If you have the chance to do it, go for it. I'd recommend waiting until the afternoon once the traffic dies down a little bit. Plus if you leave in the afternoon, you can watch the sunset from the top and then ride down before it gets dark.

 


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