Page Contributor(s): Bruce Hamilton, La Quinta, CA, USA; Stacy Topping, Tacoma, WA, USA.
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Logan Pass East, Glacier National Park.
Ride 6.8 miles gaining 1,877’ at 5.2% average grade.
This extraordinary climb is located in the heart of Glacier National Park and just shy of Going-To-The-Sun-Mountain which is in the Central Montana subrange of the Rocky Mountains. Glacier National Park is the tenth most visited of the 62 national parks, with an average of 2,965,000 visitors per year. Cycling is permitted in Glacier National Park, with the following restrictions on Going-to-the-Sun Road per the National Park Service:
For safety and to ease congestion, restrictions are in effect on sections of the Going-to-the-Sun Road, from June 15 through Labor Day:
From Apgar Campground to Sprague Creek Campground bicycles are prohibited, both directions, between 11 am and 4 pm.
From Logan Creek to Logan Pass east-bound (uphill) bicycle traffic is prohibited between 11 am and 4 pm. Start early! It takes about 45 minutes to ride from Sprague Creek to Logan Creek and about three hours from Logan Creek to Logan Pass.
Going-to-the-Sun Road, Saint Mary Lake.
Lodging: Inside the park, Lake McDonald Lodge has excellent accommodations, or the less upscale option is always camping -- it is a national park afterall. Outside of the park, PJAMM Cycling has stayed in Whitefish and Kalispell.
The road often does not open until late June and is crowded during summer months. Start early – we started at 6:30am when the traffic was light and the road was quiet. Traffic will be heavy by the time you are coming back down and bikes are not allowed after 11am. The grade is a pretty consistent 5-6% and the road condition is generally good. There is often morning fog and the burnoff that occurs later in the morning can make a spectacular climb even more dramatic. We were treated to quite a show on our ride in June 2019, with cloud formations changing constantly as we climbed. This is not a difficult climb by PJAMM Cycling’s standards, but it’s top notch on the scenery list.
This climb is equally as scenic as the west side, but half the distance. Begin at beautiful Saint Mary Lake (the second largest lake in Glacier National Park, behind Lake McDonald) and ride to the Continental Divide along Logan Pass.
Views just before the pass.
PJAMMers Stacy Topping and Bruce Hamilton at Logan Pass.
Thanks much for the photos and contribution team!
Visit our Glacier National Park page for more information.