It being a long weekend with Memorial Day, seemed like a great time to road trip over and check out the road. We drove to Avalanche to start our ride, which is about an hour outside of Whitefish. The climb up to Logan Pass from Avalanche (then end of where you can drive to) is 16 miles with no more than a 6% grade. The first 6 miles or so along the river are very gradual, and then after things get more serious. But grade is consistent and it is very nice climb. Logan Pass sits at just over 6,600, which means you will gain about 3,300 vert.
This is one of the coolest rides I have ever done on my bike. And I would say it was the best road biking experience I have ever had (that was not good grammar). The road surface and climbing grade were great. The views were spectacular. We got to see some wildlife. We got to go through a tunnel. We had beers at 6,600 feet. We got cooled by glacier showers. I will not bore you with anymore of my ramblings, check out the link and my pics and make a plan to go ride it yourself.
|some packed their skis, i packed beer|
|parking lot party|
|pack extra clothes for the descent and changing weather at the top|
|looking down the other side of the road to St. Mary|
|you may see these...and bears|