Sunday, August 12, 2012

Going To The Sun Road/Logan Pass Ride

Saturday, August 18, a few of us are doing the Logan Pass Loop in Montana. Start and finish in St. Mary. The loop is 220 km with 3110 M of climbing, including Logan Pass. This ride is special, not to be missed if you can make it. Be ready to ride at 10 AM in St Mary. Plan on about 8 to 10 hours riding, there are several stops along the way for food and whatever you like to drink in Montana.

You can drive Friday evening to St Mary, Cardston or Waterton to make Saturday morning a bit more relaxing and a nice American breakfast before you depart. Watch out for the opening hours of the border crossings, they are not open 24 hours. Going to the sun road also has restrictions, that's why we don't leave earlier than 10 AM. Let me know if you are interested, leave a comment or email me at mikehealy at shaw dot ca. Here is my Garmin file from last year.

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3 comments:

gnicholson said...

Always wanted to do that ride and was thinking Labour Day weekend this year. Is that too late to have enough sunlight to complete?

Found these warnings on the park website:


Can I ride my bicycle on the Going-to-the Sun Road?
Yes, but there are some exceptions. From June 15 through Labor Day, the following sections of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are closed to bicycle use between 11a.m. and 4 p.m.:

From Apgar turnoff (at the south end of Lake McDonald) to Sprague Creek Campground
Eastbound from Logan Creek to Logan Pass.
Due to ongoing road rehabilitation on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, portions of the roadbed may not be paved. Bicyclists should use caution riding on gravel portions of the road.

mikehealy said...

Yea Greg, there's not much daylight left when you get back to St Mary this time of year, in a few weeks you might want some blinkies, the last 25 k into St Mary after you drop from Logan Pass is a fairly quiet road.

The gravel sections close to the top of the pass have been there for a few years, as long as you don't take them at 80 kmh on Dallas's wheeel it's ok.

It's also possible to get out of West Glacier a little before 4 pm on some pathways.

gnicholson said...

Ahhh.. you guys are doing it clockwise.
I figured to climb Logan Pass first, starting ~8am, and get to West Glacier before the road closes at 11am to cyclists. Gets all the climbing out of the way when I'm fresh.

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