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Glacier National Park

Thanks to all of our past clients and now friends – you’ve made our tours tremendously successful! Join your friends at Lizard Head Cycling Guides for a northern locale that meets our standard for unique cycling, lodging and dining experiences. Glacier National Park is a bucket-list road cycling and hiking journey!

Each year Glacier National Park and its Canadian sister, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, deliver among our highest guest satisfaction rate. The mountains are huge, the riding is invigorating, and the scenery is second to none.  This is your year for Glacier!

Why Ride Glacier National Park with Lizard Head Cycling?

Because a tour to Glacier National Park is not complete without riding into Canada’s Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park! Many of our competitors don’t ride to Ohhhh Canada. Why? Heaven knows, but Lizard Head Cycling Guides certainly does to take in the heavenly beauty of Waterton National Park, plus it’s fun to ride across an international border on the bike. 🙂

Glacier National Park Bike Tour: Highlights

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Going to the Sun, Anyone?

Check out the following link to explore a very cool story map focusing on Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road. It was put together by Leslie Zolman, GIS coordinator for the Montana Office of Tourism. http://ow.ly/UYORZ

Glacier National Park Bike Tour: Tour Dates

Potential tour dates are listed below. Please see the summer calendar for confirmed departures.

***High Performance Bike Rental Included for Glacier National Park Bike Tour reservations made through May 1, 2017***

2017 Summer Tour Dates:

  • July 16 to 21, 2017 (Book Now!) – TOUR A GO! 6 spots remain
  • July 23 to 28, 2017 (Book Now!) – TOUR A GO!
  • July 31 to August 5, 2017 (Book Now!) – TOUR A GO!
  • August 6 to 11, 2017 (Book Now!)
  • August 13 to 18, 2017 (Book Now!)

2018 Summer Tour Dates:

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Glacier National Park Bike Tour: Overview

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Starting & Ending Town: Whitefish, Montana (Guests fly to Kalispell & take shuttle to Whitefish). Meeting Hotel: Grouse Mountain Lodge

Tour Length: 6 days, 5 nights

Total Miles: 150 to 325, additional mileage options available. (Can I keep up on this tour?)

Daily Mileage Range: 15 to 92

Ability Level: 2/3 (Intermediate to Advanced)

Group Size: 6 to 13 cyclists

Tour Cost: $2,800 per person. Group discount of $200 per person for groups of 4 or more.
Please see our Tour Discounts Policy.

***High Performance Bike Rental Included for Glacier National Park Bike Tour reservations made through May 1, 2017***

*** Spring Fling Free Road Bike Rental ***
Get a free road bike rental for all new road tour registrations from now until April 20, 2017. Excludes tours 4 days or less in length. You must enter discount code SPRING FLING during registration to receive the free road bike rental.

Single Room Supplement: $550 for a private room each night of the tour. $275 if willing to share with a same sex rider and none available.

Road Bike Rental: Lizard Head Cycling Guides is proud to rent Scott CR-1 Pro and Scott Solace carbon road bikes with full Shimano Ultegra components for only $250/week, or $150 for 3 or 4 day tours. Both the CR-1 and Solace models are sub- 17 lb comfortable, high performance bicycles geared for climbing hills. In addition we also have electric bikes available for rental at $375/week. And finally we have a selection of straight bar road bikes and kids bikes in our rental fleet. Just let us know what you need and we can probably find it.

Please also see this blog post for more information on bike rentals.

Electric Bike Rental: We now have a limited selection of SCOTT electric bikes that can be reserved for our tours. These are road bikes with straight bars that make the slowest rider the fastest rider in the group. Rental Price is $375/week.

Couples Bike Rental Discount: Sign up as a couple and receive one free bike high performance rental per couple ($250 value).

Tandems and Recumbents: Lizard Head Cycling Guides happily accommodates both tandem and recumbent bikes on its tours.

Tour Includes: Five nights’ lodging at:

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Also: six days of meals, guide service, all taxes, entrance fees, lunch en route, energy food, liquid refreshments, shuttles and mechanical support.

Meals On Tour

Lizard Head Cycling sources our favorite restaurants in each town that we visit. Our guides focus on establishments that offer fresh and local ingredients. Guests choose whatever they desire to eat off the menu: including appetizer, salad, entree and of course dessert... yum! :) Also, while on tour if a guest wants to dine early before the group and go to bed, this is fine. We understand that on some days sleep is the most important post ride element.

Lunches on Tour: Lizard Head Cycling Guides prepares healthy lunches to keep you going. We will serve you fresh organic fruits and veggies, salads, hummus, sandwich fixings, nuts, gourmet cheeses and of course plenty of salty/sweet snacks such as chips and cookies. We pride ourselves on being able to cater to specific dietary requests, so rest assured that you will be able to get the nutrition that works for you during the week. Gluten Free, Dairy Free or a someone who loves it all – we will keep you well fed during the tour!

Riding the Glacier National Park Bike Tour

Glacier Bike Tour Ability Level: Lower-Intermediate to Advanced Cyclists. Although there are BIG climbing and challenging options miles here, this is a good bike tour for mixed abilities. Neither advanced nor intermediate cyclists will be disappointed.

The details: Our Glacier National Park Bike Tour has suitable options for cyclists of all abilities. Ride as much or as little as desired. There are BIG climbs and bonus mileage options available each day. Both parks provide not to be missed hiking options to waterfalls, verdant meadows filled with wildflowers and mountain summits. We’ll take a few of these treks to add variety to the week’s activities. While we’ll remain in the confines of Glacier and Waterton, the scenery more than makes up for the relatively compact area of the tour. And since we will be venturing out in summertime, the far northern latitude brings extended evenings. Don’t be surprised if sunset arrives until 10:30 at night! Our Glacier National Park Tour is one for any “bucket-list”.

What about the altitude? Cyclists from lower elevations ride Glacier each year without issues. Just prepare well, have patience and drink more water than you normally would. As in the mountains of Colorado, Glacier will challenge your fitness level. You might find that you pedal a little slower and breathe a little harder. But you’ll find that once you’ve acclimated to the elevation (which ranges from 3,150 ft. at Flathead River to 10,466 ft. atop Mt. Cleveland), you’ll be fine. Your efforts will be rewarded with unforgettable vistas, crisp mountain air and the camaraderie to fellow travelers. (Read a Bicycling Magazine article about riding at altitude)

The weather: Summer in the Rockies demonstrates the full range of Mother Nature’s moods. You might enjoy bright sunshine at first. But in a matter of hours, you’ll hear thunderclaps and witness lightning across darkening skies. We are experienced in providing a safe riding experience for your and your fellow cyclists, should inclement weather arise.

Why choose this tour? If you’ve never visited Glacier National Park or its Canadian sister, Waterton-Glacier, you just might want to see it the Lizard Head way. You’ll marvel at the intricate beauty of the landscape as you can only see on a bike.

View from the Porch: The Summer Splendor of Glacier National Park

View from the Porch: The Summer Splendor of Glacier National Park

Ability Level: Can I Ride This Tour?

Do the Bump!
Daily mileage options allow cyclists of varying abilities to enjoy this tour. One of our favorite options is to give cyclists a “bump” via the support vehicle, or a 10 to 20 mile lift down the road representing an hour of pedal time. After the bump the rider is “off the front” and riding at his or her own pace without feeling they are being left behind the group. They’ll then have time to linger and take in the spectacular scenery. All cyclists come together in time for lunch. Afterwards, cyclists can take another bump and/or continue riding.

Seamless Mileage Options
Lizard Head Cycling Guides designs multiple mileage options for each tour – something we’re well known for in our business. Daily shuttle options allow cyclists of varying abilities to enjoy our tours through mileage customization.

Slow or Fast?
PLEASE don’t be scared away from this tour. Many cyclists who sign up for our tours have worried themselves silly about not being able to keep up, but then they’re surprised to find that all the worrying was about nothing. They do just fine! Slow and Fast only exist as relative terms to other people. Speed does not matter as long as you are moving on the bike.

Like we say to even the most reluctant cyclists: “You will be ready for a Lizard Head Cycling tour when you are finished with a Lizard Head Cycling tour”.

If you have questions about your ability to ride this tour, please contact our office via email or call us at 970.728.5891 - we'll more than happy to guide you!

Please also see this blog post for more information.

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Glacier National Park Bike Tour: Itinerary*

*Tour itineraries are subject to change and modification based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances including weather, wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, landslides and/or other acts of nature. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.

Day 1: Polebridge Out & Back Ride
50 miles with 2,400 feet of climbing

We start the first day in Glacier National Park with a scenic 50 mile ride from Apgar Village to the unincorporated community of Polebridge, so named for the log bridge that formerly connected the North Fork Road in Glacier National Park to Montana Secondary Highway 486, over the North Fork Flathead River. In Polebridge we will enjoy a stop at The Polebridge Mercantile – a gourmet restaurant and general store with perhaps the best cookies and baked goods in all of Montana.

We return past the Apgar Mountains and back to Apgar Village where we will shuttle to the Lake McDonald Lodge. Those looking for additional cycling in the evening can take a spin up the lower slopes of the legendary Going-to-the-Sun road when it re-opens to bicycle traffic at 4pm.

The best baked goods in Montana at The Polebridge Mercantile

The best baked goods in Montana at The Polebridge Mercantile

The serenity and beauty of Lake McDonald

The serenity and beauty of Lake McDonald

Inside Lake McDonald Lodge

Inside Lake McDonald Lodge

Glacier National Park, Day 1 Elevation Profile

Day 1 Elevation Profile: +2403 ft / -2404 ft

Day 2: Going-to-the-Sun-Road to Many Glaciers Valley
40 to 60 miles

Beginning at daybreak, we begin a 22-mile ascent of The Going-to-the-Sun Road to the summit of Logan Pass (6,646-feet). Due to the daily road closure cyclists must reach Logan Pass by 11am. Don’t worry – there’s plenty of time. The ascent follows McDonald Creek through old growth forests to emerge above tree line, with 360-degree views of alpine tundra and mountains. The-Going-to-the-Sun Road is simply one of the best cycling climbs in North America.

Savor the descent from Logan Pass as we fly beneath the bergschrunds and moraines of the surrounding glaciated peaks. Continue all the way down to the emerald colored Upper and Lower Saint Mary Lakes. Our lodging for tonight will be fabled Many Glacier Hotel, with its famous Swiss-style architecture and picturesque views of Swiftcurrent Lake.

Going to the Sun Road

Going to the Sun Road

Many Glacier Lodge

Many Glacier Lodge

Glacier National Park, Day 2 Elevation Profile

Day 2 Elevation Profile: +4866 ft / -3167 ft

Day 3: Many Glaciers to Waterton National Park, Canada
51 miles

Leaving the spectacular confines of the Many Glacier Valley, you’ll spin north on the Chief Mountain Highway towards the Canadian border. The terrain here involves three larger climbs, including a 5-mile ascent to Chief Mountain Overlook. The topography, outside the eastern boundary of Glacier National Park, comprises rolling ranch land and countless rivers sprinkled with aspen glades.

After enjoying a riverside picnic lunch, we’ll climb to the Canadian border crossing, descend to the Belly River, then climb two miles into the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. The Peace Park designation pays tribute to the long history of friendship between Canada and the United States. We’ll stay at the Bayshore Inn, the only hotel on the Waterton Lake shores and with a spa. You just might be tempted to take advantage of that convenience with a relaxing massage.

Waterton Glacier Peace Park

Waterton Glacier Peace Park

Prince of Wales

Prince of Wales

Glacier National Park, Day 3 Elevation Profile

Day 3 Elevation Profile: +3333 ft / -4074 ft

 

Day 4: Alberta’s Waterton National Park
20 to 50 miles

Ahhh, a layover day to relish and do as one pleases in Canada! You can choose to ride an out and back into Red Rock Canyon (20 to 30 miles) or ride to beautiful Cameron Lake for an invigorating swim (20 miles). Or go for an unforgettable hike. They include world-class trails to Rainbow Falls or Kootenai Lake, which start with a ferry ride across Crypt Lake.

Additional activity options include: fishing, kayaking, a cruise on Waterton Lake, shopping or simply enjoying a day of bird watching. No matter what you decide, the breathtaking mountains and numerous lakes of Waterton National Park surround your experience.

Guests are on their own this evening to sample one of the many restaurants in the village of Waterton.

Summer flowers in bloom

Waterton National Park

Waterton National Park

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

cameron lake

Canoe on the lake

Glacier National Park, Day 4 Elevation Profile

Red Rock Canyon Elevation Profile: +4967 ft / -4962 ft

Cameron Lake Elevation Profile

Cameron Lake Elevation Profile: +1857 ft / -1859 ft

Day 5: Waterton to Glacier Park Lodge
40 to 78 mile options

Today is challenging Queen stage, with many climbs and endless views. Rolling out of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, we retrace our steps down to the Belly River and climb back to the U.S. border, rejoining the Chief Mountain Highway. The terrain twists and turns, climbs and dives, and then ascends Looking Glass Pass. You’ll finally descend the rolling terrain towards East Glacier. But before we get there, we’ll divert onto Looking Glass Hill Road, a gorgeous section of pavement cyclists love. Due to the narrow road, the support van cannot follow. So your only option here is to pedal (but you’ll love it).

Our lodging this evening is the historic Glacier Park Lodge. Built in 1913 the hotel is a classic structure of the National Park system with a lobby supported by colossal 40-foot tall Douglas fir pillars. We’ll enjoy our final dinner tonight before tomorrow’s finishing stage.

Chief Mountain

Chief Mountain

Glacier Park Lodge

Glacier Park Lodge

Looking Glass Road

Looking Glass Road

Glacier National Park, Day 5 Elevation Profile

Day 5 78 Mile Elevation Profile: +7072 ft / -6482 ft

 

Day 6: Glacier Park Lodge to Running Eagle Falls
24 to 50 miles

Two Medicine Road is a lesser visited road in Glacier National Park and comparatively traffic light. From the lodge, we ride north and follow it past Lower and Upper Two Medicine Lakes. Along the way you’ll have an opportunity to take a short hike to view Running Eagle Falls. The Glacier National Park Tour then ends with an exciting 3 1/2 hour whitewater rafting tour down a class 3 section of  the Flat Head River. The float ends in West Glacier where guest may choose to stay, or take a Lizard Head Cycling Guides provided shuttle back to Whitefish.  We’ll arrive at the meeting hotel (to be determined) in Whitefish at approximately 6:00 pm.

Two Medicine Lakes

Two Medicine Lakes

Glacier National Park, Day 6 Elevation Profile

Day 6 24 Mile Elevation Profile: +1289 ft / -1290 ft


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Glacier National Park Bike Tour: Logistics & FAQs

Lodging on the Glacier National Park Bike Tour: This includes lodging from five nights.

Pre & Post Tour Lodging: Riders are responsible for their own lodging on the night prior to and post tour. Lizard Head Cycling’s meeting hotel is in Whitefish, MT. Contact us for details.

Bike Shipping

Lizard Head Cycling recommends shipping with BikeFlights.com. Bikes can be shipped either to our partner bike shop in each meeting town for professional assembly or directly to the meeting hotel for self-assembly. Bike boxes can generally be left at the meeting hotel during the tour. Bikes shipped across the continental US should be shipped 8 days prior to your tour.

Meals on Tour: All meals from lunch on the tour’s first day through lunch on departure day aside from dinner on Day 4. Breakfasts and dinners are in restaurants where clients either order off the menu or choose from a buffet.

Our fresh lunches include salads, local fruit, vegetables and meats are served in roadside parks by the Lizard Head Cycling Guides. Any dietary preferences or allergies should be noted on the registration form. Each of Lizard Head Cycling’s lunches contain gluten free options.

If on any given night a guest is tired or not feeling particularly social, they can choose to eat early and retire. Lizard Head Cycling enjoys hosting its guests for meals each evening, but understands some of us may just need to lie down after a day in the saddle. A meal should not feel like marathon after a big day on the bike.

How the Shuttle Works: Tour Support A 15-passenger van and trailer that carries luggage, food and equipment supports Lizard Head Cycling’s tours. Cyclists keep a day bag that is accessible within the support vehicle. On trips with more then 13 riders a second support vehicle may be employed.

The vehicle will sag and then pass riders to set up aid stations every 15 to 25 miles. This allows cyclists to linger at the back and then take a ten-mile, fifteen-mile or whatever mile “bump” forward to catch-up or get ahead of the group. Energy food, drink mixes, and fresh fruit are available throughout each stage.

It is not uncommon for cyclists on Lizard Head Cycling’s tours to ride their first century with us. Many are surprised by their ability to pedal the majority of miles offered. We have all day to reach the destination. If you have any questions about your ability to ride with us, please contact us today (970.728.5891 or Info@LizardHeadCyclingGuides.com).

The Daily Schedule Cyclists ride their own pace. Lizard Head Cycling does its best to support riders in their varying desires and efforts. Cyclists can either use our tours to simply support their tour experience or to engage in a guided experience along the route. Q-sheets with directions, profiles and locations of aid stations are given out for each stage.

General Tour & Cancellation Policies

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Travel Insurance

Lizard Head Cycling Guides teams up with Seven Corners for travel insurance. Seven Corners offers:

  • Travel Medical
  • Medical Evacuation
  • 24/7 Assistance
  • Trip Cancellation

Be sure to go to our custom Seven Corners portal by clicking this link or by clicking the the banner on the right after confirming your tour with us to get a quote on travel insurance.