Supporting Bicycle Use in the Park

One of the not-so-best kept secrets in Glacier is when the Going to the Sun Road is plowed, but still closed to cars, it opens to hikers and bikers from Avalanche Campground to Logan Pass. The Going to the Sun Road provides cyclists one of the most epic ride/climbs in the world, gaining almost 3,200 feet over the course of the 16-mile route between Avalanche and Logan Pass. The waterfalls, flowers, wildlife viewing and absence of traffic makes this one of the most popular aweinspiring experiences a visitor can have in the park. The spring hiker/ biker access to the road is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. On a busy spring day, the Avalanche parking area becomes the trailhead for this ride and is typically full before noon. This project will provide funding for two bike trailers to allow bikers to park at Apgar or Lake McDonald Lodge and shuttle with their bicycles to the Avalanche staging area. Additionally, 6-10 bike racks will be installed there and at a variety of other popular cycling destinations including the Apgar Lookout and the Quarter Circle Bridge where bikes are often used to facilitate boating and tubing shuttles. Signage and interpretive aids for park bike users as well as bike-related training for park staff to become Bike Rangers will be included.


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June 30, 2015