Guided Biking In Glacier National Park

biking in Glacier National Park

Due to COVID-19, guided biking and bike shuttles will return in Spring 2021!

Bike and e-bike rentals for self-guided tours will be available in Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020.

Guided Biking in Glacier National Park Overview

Distance: About 10 – 34 miles, depending on road conditions.

Elevation Gain: Up to 3,000 feet.

Destination: Logan Pass, if snow permits and if the Going-to-the-Sun Road is open to biking traffic. See more info below.

Guided Biking In Glacier National Park Details

Difficulty: Moderate

Time:  1:30 meeting time, 2:00 p.m. departure, mid-May until the Going-to-the-Sun Road opens.

Cost: Per Person: $155 regular bike, $210 e-bike

Minimum Age: 10

Itinerary

1:30 PM – Arrive at Glacier Guides and Montana Raft campus in West Glacier to meet your guide. Get fitted for a bike and helmet.

2:00 PM – Depart for your bike tour. Typically, we bike on the iconic Going to the Sun Road, from Avalanche up into the alpine section.  If the road is closed we may bike elsewhere.  See below for more info.

7:30 PM – Return to Glacier Guides and Montana Raft.

Details

When Glacier is still largely under snow, the best way to explore her beauty is by bicycle. Explore roads closed to vehicle traffic with friendly, interpretive guides. Ride on bikes and e-bikes designed for the Going-to-the-Sun Road. They feature fenders to keep riders dry on wet pavement, hybrid road-mountain handlebars for ultimate comfort, kickstands to minimize impact on Glacier’s fragile environments, racks to stow daypacks, and disk brakes. 

First, arrive at the comfortable Glacier Guides and Montana Raft campus in West Glacier, just a mile outside of Glacier National Park at 1:30 pm. Next, meet your guide and get fitted for a bike and helmet. Go over the details of the afternoon ahead. Around 2:00 pm, depart for your bike tour. Typically, you ride in a van to the Going to the Sun road closure point at Lake McDonald Lodge or the Avalanche trailhead.  If the Going to the Sun Road is closed to biking, you might drive to Apgar Village and ride on the Camas Road.  See below for more information.

Up, Up, and Away

Next, bike the Going to the Sun Road up into the alpine section of the road. The afternoon departure time allows you to take advantage of the afternoon warmth and the frequently stunning light. Along the way, stop to enjoy a delicious, hearty sack dinner. How far will you ride? It depends on how far the road crews have plowed the road to Logan Pass.

During June, some weekend tours may go all the way to Logan Pass.

Finally, tours typically return to Glacier Guides and Montana Raft around 7:30 pm.

What If The Going-to-the-Sun Road Is Closed To Hiker/Biker Traffic?

Keep in mind that around here, we joke that we have two seasons, winter and road construction. When roads are closed or are in rough shape for guided biking, we may reroute our trip to another area of Glacier National Park.  This may be an area which is open to vehicle traffic, such as the Camas Road. Alternatively, it may involve involve a van shuttle to a road on Glacier’s stunning east side, which will be several hours long. We’ll always keep you aware of your options.  

What’s Included

  • Our friendly, interpretive guides.
  • Transportation to and from Glacier Guides and Montana Raft’s main office.
  • Men’s Raleigh Cadent 3 / Women’s Raleigh Alysa 3 bicycle with front fender and rear rack — small, medium, large, and extra-large frame choices.
  • Children’s Raleigh Alysa 24 or Rowdy bicycle — 20″ and 24″ frame choices. Minimum age for children on our guided biking trips is 10.
  • Retroglide Royale iE stepover Raleigh E-Bike – one size fits most men and women. E-bikes are additional $55 on guided biking tours.
  • Adults – Diamondback Helmet. Kids – Ultralight Pryme Helmet.
  • Homemade, locally sourced, largely organic sack dinner.

What To Bring

Prepare for a Glacier bike tour just as you would for a hike. On a nice day, shorts will work just fine! On a cold day, you’ll want warm, breathable layers. Keep in mind that rain and snow are always possible in the mountains. Check out our Glacier National Park Day Trips Packing List here.

FAQ

Do you offer shuttles? Do I need bear spray? What about electric bikes? Answers are here.

Cost

Cost Per Person: $155 regular bike, $210 e-bike. We do require a 2 person minimum for this trip to depart. You are welcome to cover the cost of the second person if you would like a private tour for one person. Cost does not include Glacier National Park entrance fees or gratuity for guide.

Read about one persons’s experience biking the Going to the Sun Road here.