Paddle and Peddle: Raft and Bike Glacier National Park 2019-02-21T11:24:12+00:00

Raft and Bike Glacier National Park:

Full Day Paddle and Pedal Adventure — Spring Only!

Morning: Paddle Glacier

On this thrilling Glacier Park rafting experience, everyone gets a “window seat” and has the option to become part of the paddling crew, if they wish!

Difficulty: Moderate

Time:  9:45 AM meeting time, 10:15 AM launch, May 15 – mid-late June

Trip Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours

Rafting By Morning

Start off your Raft and Bike Glacier National Park adventure with the Paddle portion of the day! Meet at our office at 9:45am for a 10:15am whitewater rafting departure.

Our exclusive Sport whitewater rafting trip explores the Wild and Scenic Middle Fork of the Flathead River.  Why is our Sport trip special? Most importantly, the small number of rafters — not more than 9 — allows for a more intimate experience with the river. In addition, anyone who wants a “window seat” on the side of the raft can have one. Also, anyone who wants to become part of the crew that maneuvers the raft through the rapids — following the simple commands of the guide — can do so! Or, if you’d rather sit back and relax, that’s great too. The Sport trip is all about you.

We raft along the southwestern boundary of Glacier National Park, winding through the John F. Stevens Canyon. Rapids are rated class II and III, making for a fun and splashy whitewater rafting adventure!

We return to Glacier Guides and Montana Raft around 1 PM. Enjoy a homemade, delicious to-go lunch in the comfort of our shaded pavilion before preparing for your biking adventure! Hot showers, free Wi-Fi, volleyball, and shopping in our Gear + Gift store are also available.

Raft and Bike Glacier: The More You Know

  • Be sure to wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet.  See our Packing List – Day Trips page for more information about what you will need for the trip.
  • Wetsuits and booties, if necessary, are available for no additional cost.
  • Helmets are mandatory.
  • Minimum age is 10. See below for more details about minimum age requirements and please call our office for more details. 406-387-555
  • The length of the trip depends on the river flow. In May and June this trip typically lasts about 2.5 hours.

Meeting Notes: Please check into our office 30 minutes prior to the departure time, at 9:45 AM. Departure is at 10:15 AM.  We are located 1.5 miles west of West Glacier on Highway 2. Look for our Glacier Guides and Montana Raft sign on the north side of the highway, between mile marker 151 and 152. You’ll see our blue bus, too!

Safety First

Safety is always our #1 priority. Our guides undergo rigorous training each year in river rescue techniques, wilderness first aid, and more. Many of our guides return to us year after year, decade after decade. Our new guides are required to run hundreds of miles of the Flathead River before they can graduate from our Guide School. We carry radios on all of our raft trips. All of our equipment is state of the art and impeccably maintained. If conditions call for wetsuits and river shoes, or if you would prefer to wear splash gear, it is always available at no cost.

Afternoon: Pedal Glacier

biking Glacier National Park

Biking the Going to the Sun Road with our interpretive guides is a bucket list experience!

Difficulty: Moderate

Time:  1:30 meeting time, 2:00 p.m. departure, May 15 – mid-late June

Trip Duration: Typically 4 – 5 hours, depending on how much progress the plows have made on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Biking By Afternoon

Guided biking in Glacier National Park is offered from May 15 through mid-late June. During this time, the alpine section of the Going to the Sun Road is closed to vehicles but open to hiker-biker traffic. Biking the road is the ultimate spring adventure in Glacier! We like to take advantage of the afternoon warmth and the beautiful light. This departure also typically ensures that the plow crew is finished up with work for the day,. That way, we can bike as far as possible. Along the way, we’ll enjoy a delicious, hearty sack dinner.

If the Going-to-the-Sun Road is unavailable, we might bike on another road that is closed to vehicle traffic, like the Camas Road.

Afternoon Biking the Going to the Sun Road Itinerary

1:00 PM — Return from paddling the whitewater section of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River! Pick up your delicious, hearty sack lunch from the office and head out to our shaded pavilion to savor it.

1:30 PM – Check back into the office to prepare for your biking tour! Meet you guide and 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 the Avalanche trailhead up into the alpine section. Sometimes, we bike on the Camas Road in Glacier, or other roads closed to vehicle traffic. However, if all roads in Glacier are open to vehicle traffic, or if the Going tot he Sun Road is not available, we will rent you a bike (and refund the difference between your guided trip and your bike rental, of course!) so that you can explore Glacier on your own! That being said, we do not expect the Going to the Sun Road to be fully open to vehicle traffic on the dates this Raft and Bike adventure is offered.

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

Guided Biking in Glacier National Park Trip Overview

Distance: About 15 miles, depending on how far the snow permits us to ride.

Elevation Gain: 3,000 feet

Destination: Logan Pass, if snow permits.

What’s Included

  • Our highly trained, friendly, and entertaining 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 is 10.
  • Adults – Diamondback Helmet. Kids – Ultralight Pryme Helmet.
  • Homemade, locally sourced, largely organic sack lunch.

Raft and Bike Glacier: 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.

  • Breathable layers, like long underwear, tights, or yoga pants.
  • Rain pants and a rain jacket – the road may be wet from melting snow.
  • Warm layer, like a puffy or fleece jacket.
  • Gloves, for biking or just simple fleece.
  • Baseball cap if it’s hot, stocking cap if it’s cool – or maybe both! The weather is always subject to change in the mountains.
  • Hiking shoes or tennis shoes are advised.
  • Daypack with hydration system or 2 water bottles. You can purchase water bottles in our retail store for $3!

Age Limits

Because this Paddle and Pedal adventure occurs in the spring, when the river flows in the whitewater section are typically higher, the minimum age is 10. At other times of the year, the minimum age for rafting are likely to be lower lower. It depends on the river flows and whether the trip is for a scenic float or a whitewater trip. Please call the office to inquire: 406-387-5555 or e-mail info@glacierguides.com

Dates and Pricing

Dates: Daily between May 15 – June 27

Price Adult: $175 – Lunch and Dinner is included and Whitewater Trip is offered at 10% off in this Combination Experience
Price Child (12 – 10): $165
Additional Fees: $20 park entrance fee ($35 for family — see entrance fee details here), 7% River User Fee and gratuity for guide not included.

Reservations required in advance.

Meeting Notes

Guests should call our office the day prior to departure to check in: 406-387-5555. The day of the trip please arrive at our office by 9:00 AM. We are located 1.5 miles west of West Glacier on U.S. Highway 2. Look for our Glacier Guides and Montana Raft sign on the north side of the highway between mile marker 151 and 152. Our property is just off the highway, tucked in the trees. When you see our sign turn to the north and you will see us shortly thereafter. Detailed directions and maps are available here.