Glacier Private • Rocky Mountains • North America
|Start & End||Whitefish, Montana | Kalispell, Montana|
|Trip Length||6 days | 5 nights|
|Rider Type||2&3 | Learn More»|
|Daily Rides||Options from 10 - 71 miles|
|Beyond Biking||Hiking, Cultural Tour, Boat Cruise|
|Trip Options||Make It Private or Choose Your Own Date|
Experience a landscape of overwhelming stature and splendor; this destination offers nature at her boldest and cycling at its best. On this Trek Travel bicycle tour, ride among the mountains in Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks. Along the way, picnic on the shores of emerald alpine lakes and climb to the Continental Divide, bask in alpine meadows awash in wildflowers and laced with gauzy, shimmering waterfalls. The variety and volume of activities and attractions available in these national parks makes this bike trip perfect for any riding level, from novice to expert. While at the end of the day the sun fades quickly in these precipitous valleys, the memories and experiences of your adventure are sure to endure.
Days 1 & 2 | Waterton Lakes National Park
Stay at Waterton Lakes Lodge
Cycle past stunning peaks and turquoise lakes in Canada's Waterton Lakes National Park | Ride to the crystal clear waters of Cameron Lake | Soak up the alpine view from the luxury Lodge accommodations
Days 3 & 4 | St. Mary
Stay at St. Mary Lodge and Resort - Great Bear Lodge
Bike past sacred Chief Mountain to the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake | Explore the trails of Many Glacier | Ride to gorgeous Two Medicine Lake
Days 5 & 6 | Lake McDonald
Stay at Lake McDonald Lodge
Ascend the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road | Watch for playful mountain goats at Logan Pass | Enjoy a hike along the clear waters of Avalanche Creek | Ride along the shores of Lake McDonald
Waterton Lakes Lodge | Waterton Park, Canada
Located in Waterton Lakes National Park, the village of Waterton is nestled at the base of snowcapped peaks and along the shores of Upper Waterton Lake. Waterton Lakes Lodge sits atop four acres in the center of the town, with access to all the town’s amenities. This environmentally friendly lodge offers well appointed guest rooms, pool and fitness facilities and an outstanding restaurant right on site.
St. Mary Lodge and Resort - Great Bear Lodge | St. Mary, MT
A new addition to St. Mary Lodge and Resort, the Great Bear Lodge is situated in the heart of St. Mary, overlooking the peaks of Glacier National Park. It offers modern amenities including TV's and phones in each room, air conditioning and private decks with mountain views. Let the calming sounds of the St. Mary River lull you to sleep as it flows past right outside your door.
Lake McDonald Lodge | Glacier National Park, MT
Built in 1913, this historic lodge is situated on the west side of Glacier National Park on the sparkling glacial Lake McDonald. On site amenities include a gift shop, lounge and fine dining restaurant. The lodge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
What’s Included in the Trip Price
- 5 nights of accommodation
- Daily breakfast, 5 lunches, 2 social hours, 4 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
- The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
- Daily route support
- The use of a Trek Madone™ 5.2 carbon road bike, or Trek Madone™ 5.1 Women’s Specific Design carbon road bike (limited selection), or Trek 7.7 FX™ hybrid bike
- The use of Trek bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
- Trek Travel water bottles
- Private tours
- Entrance fees to all group events/activities
- All luggage transfers
- All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
- Comprehensive trip literature and complimentary Trek merchandise
- All gratuities for special events, local guides, transfers, hotels, and restaurants
- $300 Discount on a 5 or 6 series Trek Madone purchase at your local Trek retailer
- Airfare to and from the trip
- Transportation to the trip pick-up location
- Lodging before and after the trip
- Gratuities for Trek Travel guides
- Personal items purchased during the trip
- Some meals are not included in each destination, which allows you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. Your guides are happy to make recommendations should you so desire.
What is the weather going to be like?
Highs from 55-90 degrees depending on elevation, Lows from 35-65 degrees depending on elevation. Dress for warm days and cool evenings and mornings, and always be prepared for rain.
What are the daily rides like?
|Rider Type | 2&3||Average Daily Mileage | 35|
|Terrain | mountainous||Average Daily Elevation | 2,820|
On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Glacier is best suited for our Type 2&3 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 1 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option—you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 4 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is mountainous. Riders can expect longer climbs and also longer descents on the routes. Road conditions in the National Parks are varied, and riders should be prepared for some rough sections. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.
What are the options for a non-rider travel companion?
On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip—please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information.
Some non-riding options on this trip are:
- Striking views while hiking in Waterton, Avalanche Lake, and many other options
- Shopping in boutique outdoor shops around the towns of Waterton and Whitefish.
- Boat ride to Goat Haunt and a hike to Kootenai Lake.
- Fantastic wildlife viewing throughout the trip
Didn’t find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don’t necessarily pertain to a specific trip.
Make Glacier Your Own:
Trek Travel can customize a trip for groups ranging from 14 to 20+ guests. Tweak an existing itinerary or create a new one! When you build your own Custom bike trip with Trek Travel, each and every moment is artfully crafted to a blueprint of your choosing; it’s personalized and tailored to fit your schedule, interests, curiosities, wants, needs and budget.
So what do you need to do to get started? Check out our ’Trips to enthuse’ for ideas, contact us, then tell us who, where and when—it’s that easy. Let the planning begin.
Wow’s From Our Guests & More Photos
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When we asked our guests what their favorite WOW’s were from their Glacier vacations, here is what they said…
Just to let you know, Brad and I had an outstanding trip. It was beyond our expectations- fun, entertaining, beautiful, challenging, and educational. We always felt well cared for and specially attended to. Thanks! Until we call again... —Gail & Brad
It was simply the best vacation of my life! I got to do what I love (bicycle) with great people and fabulous scenery along with the best guides one could want! Oh, the Madone was also lots of fun to ride. —Dick
The whole trip was spectacular. I was "wowed" with cycling up the Going to the Sun Road. The views of the snow fields and glacier along the way, breathtaking, as was the climb! —Mary Ellen
This trip was perfect for us as recreational bikers. Each day’s trips started at a moderate level and worked up to challenging for the experts. We never felt left behind. Also, GREAT variety of activites - we loved the hiking, rafting and horseback riding. —Donna & Richard