Hikes and Bikes

By | June 1, 2018

Saturday Bike Patrol on Sun Road in Glacier National Park | Photo by Debo Powers

Someone recently sent us a question asking about the state of the roads for hikes and bikes. William Walker of the North Fork Trails Association was kind enough to answer. Here’s what he said…

The gate doesn’t open until tomorrow, so we haven’t had a chance to take a look at Red Meadow Road yet. However, Upper Whitefish Campground is right in the pass over the Whitefish Divide and often holds snow until early summer. Given that our winter snowpack was about 175% of normal, I wouldn’t expect the upper reaches of Red Meadow Road to be navigable this weekend.

People do bicycle the “inside North Fork Road” even though it is not in good enough shape for motorized traffic. I’d expect conditions to be very wet and soggy this early in the season, though. There’s likely quite a bit of downfall, too.

For general road conditions in Glacier Park, see https://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/roadstatus/roadstatus.cfm. Additional information is at https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/conditions.htm. You could also give them a call at (406) 888-7800

For information about Forest Service roads in our area, contact the Glacier View Ranger District offices at (406) 387-3800.

2 thoughts on “Hikes and Bikes

  1. Aaron Teasdale

    Not sure what happened to the first comment I left, but here goes again:

    As of last weekend, you could reach about three miles shy of Red Meadow Pass on a bike, punching through a few snow patches. I’ll be up there this weekend skiing.

    As of last Sunday, Inside N Fk Rd was cleared of down trees. Lots of water at Logging and Anaconda Creeks, but nothing more than what’s typical this time of year. As long as you don’t mind wet feet, it’s a great bike ride on a route practically paved with wolf scat.

    1. NFNews Editor Post author

      Thanks, Aaron. Great information and I’m sure folks will be happy to see it!


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