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Pedal Around Glacier National Park For A Good Cause

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Pedal past the goats on Logan Pass this summer/Kurt Repanshek

What could be worse than pedaling your bike for five days around Glacier and Waterton Lakes national parks this summer?

That's the program being put together by the Glacier National Park Conservancy and Climate Ride for a fund-raising ride to generate financial support for park projects that support education, preservation and research projects, and to raise awareness for the impact of climate change on the park.

Day 1 - West Glacier Out and Back - 27 miles

We kick off the Glacier Ride with a beautiful afternoon warm-up ride along the Camas Road. This out and back ride includes a visit to the North Fork of the Flathead River, Apgar Village and Lake McDonald.

Day 2 - West Glacier to St. Mary via Going- to-the-Sun Road - 47 miles

Today begins with an early morning ride up the world-famous Going-to-the-Sun Road with a stop at Logan Pass before an epic downhill to our camp at St. Mary. Riders can stop at Jackson Glacier Overlook, Sunrift Gorge, Sun Point, and the Wild Goose Island viewpoint on the way down.

Day 3 - From Glacier to Waterton - 51 miles or 71 miles

Today we begin our ride in St. Mary and our ultimate destination is Waterton Lakes National Park. We follow along St. Mary Lake to Babb. Strong riders have the option to add 20 miles to their route and pedal into Many Glacier for a view of Grinnell Point and the Many Glacier Hotel. We continue up to Chief Mountain Overlook to the U.S.-Canada Border at the Belly River. From there it's a stunning ride into our camp next to Waterton Lake.

Day 4 - Experience Waterton - hike, bike or rest

Hike, bike or take a boat ride in a stunning alpine lake surrounded by peaks. Today is your day to explore Waterton and rest up before our big ride back to the U.S.

Day 5 - Waterton to East Glacier - 45 - 106 miles

We re-trace our ride to St. Mary enjoying a new take on stunning views and then continue along Hwy. 89 to East Glacier. The ride includes a gorgeous climb up Looking Glass Pass and a side trip into the iconic Two Medicine Valley, treasured by the Blackfeet tribe. Your trip leaders will provide multiple options. If you'd like to achieve a century ride today, we can help make that happen. Tonight we camp at a Tipi Village in the ecotone between the Rocky Mountains and the great Prairie of Montana.

Day 6 - Rafting and Return to West Glacier

Today we complete the loop of Glacier National Park by raft. We'll crest the Continental Divide and paddle back to our starting point in West Glacier. Today's whitewater rafting adventure is on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, an important and dynamic river system that forms the border of the park.

You can register for the ride at this site.

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