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Springtime in Glacier National Park means increased recreational opportunities, including hiking and biking beyond vehicle gate closures on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Spring hiker and biker shuttle service began operations in the park this year on May 11. Continue reading to learn how to make the most of this spring shuttle service, supported by your generous donations.


Shuttle Information

The fare-free hiker biker shuttle runs every twenty minutes from Apgar Visitor Center on Saturdays and Sundays between 9am and 5pm, and on May 27 (Memorial Day). Shuttles, equipped with bicycle trailers, stop at Lake McDonald Lodge and Avalanche Creek.

Hiker biker shuttle route map in Glacier National Park

  • Shuttles operate on weekends mid-May until the Going-to-the-Sun Road is fully open to vehicles for the season
  • Service is provided between the Apgar Visitor Center and Avalanche Creek, with a stop at Lake McDonald Lodge
  • Shuttles operate between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm
  • Shuttles are equipped with bike trailers to transport bicycles

Cyclists on Going-to-the-Sun Road with waterfall flowing in the background


What To Bring

  • Helmet
  • Rain jacket
  • Tire pump
  • Spare tire tube
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Map of Glacier National Park
  • Camera
  • Bear spray
  • Daypack

How to Use Glacier’s Hiker Biker Shuttle

The hiker biker shuttle allows visitors to experience this special time of year without the hassle of trying to find a parking space. Parking areas at Lake McDonald Lodge and Avalanche Creek fill up quickly. Vehicles parked on road shoulders are parking illegally and causing resource damage in the park we love.

Parking congestion at Lake McDonald Lodge

But there’s an easy solution. Visitors may park their vehicle at either Apgar Visitor Center or Lake McDonald Lodge. The designated shuttle stop at Apgar is located under the shuttle shelter in the Apgar Visitor Center Plaza. The designated shuttle stop at Lake McDonald Lodge is located across the street from the camp store.

Man walks next to bicycle in parking lot

Man enters shuttle line with bicycle

Riders must load their bicycles and equipment on the trailers. The trailers can accommodate equipment like strollers, wagons and children’s bikes, so families can plan for any length of bike ride. Shuttle service is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Man loads bike on to shuttle in Glacier National Park

Bicycles on bike trailer behind shuttle

Upon arriving at Avalanche Creek, riders can unload their bikes off the trailer. The designated shuttle stop at Avalanche Creek is located south of the main parking lot, next to the restroom facilities. Riders will return the same way they came.

Shuttle driver looks on at cyclist on road

Man loads bike on to shuttle in Glacier National Park

Man walks bike away from shuttle in Glacier National Park

Riders should check for safety messages posted just past the vehicle closure before beginning to bike. It is important to be aware of any potential hazardous avalanche areas along the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Man on bicycle looks at signs on road

Most importantly: have fun, and enjoy the ride!

Man rides bicycle with mountains in the background

Man rides bicycle with mountains in the background