Glacier Ride

July 10-15, 2024

Glacier National Park, Montana and Waterton National Park, Canada

Limited to 40 participants

Join the Glacier National Park Conservancy and Climate Ride for a one of a kind event in Glacier National Park. We’re looking for 40 bicyclists to spend five days pedaling (and one day rafting) through the awe-inspiring Glacier National Park and Canada’s adjoining Waterton Lakes National Park while raising funds to support vital projects and programs in Glacier National Park.

This ride explores some of the wildest country in the lower 48 and an ecosystem threatened by environmental degradation and climate change. Your fundraising efforts and participation in Glacier Ride will help to raise awareness of the issues facing Glacier and give you a first hand view of the Crown of the Continent.

Itinerary

Day 1: East Glacier to Two Medicine – 22 miles

After meeting in Whitefish, we’ll start our adventure with a shuttle to East Glacier. Our first day’s ride will start near the original East Glacier Lodge and goes into Two Medicine where you’ll have a chance to dip your feet in the first of many beautiful lakes. We’ll camp near the shores of Lower Two Medicine Lake after an easy warm-up ride.

Day 2: Two Medicine to Many Glacier – 26 or 67 miles

Today begins with an early morning climb up the scenic Looking Glass Pass which is considered the ‘sister road’ of Going to the Sun Road. We’ll continue north along the Rocky Mountain Front with the option to add 20 miles to your cycling route and pedal into Many Glacier for a view of Grinnell Point and the historic Many Glacier Hotel.

Day 3: Glacier to Waterton – 48 miles

Today we begin our bike ride in St. Mary and our ultimate destination is Waterton Lakes National Park. We follow the road along St. Mary Lake to Babb, Montana. We continue biking up to Chief Mountain Overlook to the U.S.–Canada Border at the Belly River. From there it’s a stunning bike ride into our camp next to Waterton Lake.

Day 4 – Experience Waterton – hike, bike, or rest

Hike, bike, or take a boat ride in a stunning alpine lake surrounded by peaks. Today is your day to explore Waterton and rest up before our big bike ride back to the U.S. In 1932, as war overtook Europe, the U.S. and Canada formed the world’s first international peace park joining Glacier and Waterton in an agreement of goodwill. Glacier and Waterton now play a prominent role in global conservation. These parks are poised to play a greater role in bringing nations together while providing important research about climate change.

Day 5: Going to the Sun Road – Multiple ride options from 56-106 miles

Today begins with a shuttle to St. Mary and then we bike Going to the Sun Road from the East to the West side of the Continental Divide. If you want to achieve a supported century ride, you can begin your ride in Waterton rather than take the shuttle. Your trip leaders will provide multiple options. If you’d like to achieve a century bike ride today, we can help make that happen! We’ll have the opportunity to swim in the crystal clear and cool waters of Lake McDonald before camping out for the night. Today is epic and jaw-dropping no matter what route you choose!

Day 6: Rafting and Return to Whitefish – 30 miles

Today we complete the loop of Glacier National Park by river. We’ll crest the Continental Divide and paddle back to our starting point in West Glacier. Today’s whitewater rafting experience takes us along the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, an important and dynamic river system that forms the southern border of Glacier National Park. Then you can bike 30 miles back to Whitefish where we’ll say goodbye!

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