Spring Hiker-Biker Season

Every spring, before the Going-to-the-Sun Road is fully opened to cars, hikers and bikers have the opportunity to enjoy a more relaxed pace on this National Historic Landmark. As the plowing crews make their way up to Logan Pass the plowed sections behind them are available for a car-free experience. Crews will mark the closure of the hiker-biker section of the road with a sign. Visitors will not be permitted beyond this point while the crews are plowing. After work hours or on days the crews are not plowing feel free to go as far as you like.

Visitors will find the vehicle gates at either Lake McDonald Lodge or Avalanche Creek, on the west side of the park. On the east side of the park the gate is usually at Rising Sun but may be moved further up the road as conditions allow.

For updated status on where the hiker-biker closure is today visit our Road Status Page. It is updated Monday through Friday with the most recent conditions. Crews do not work on the weekend so there are no hiker-biker closures on Saturday or Sunday.

During this time of year pets are not permitted past the vehicle gates. Bring bear spray, water, and food and plan your day the same as you would if hiking a trail. Be on the lookout for wildlife and be aware that bicyclists and hikers are using the same roadway. Avalanche conditions exist throughout the park and along the roadway. Be aware of conditions prior to starting your trip and avoid known avalanche paths.

Spring Shuttle
Beginning May 13, 2017 and running on weekends until the road is fully open to vehicles, a shuttle service will operate between the Apgar Visitor Center and Avalanche Creek, with a stop at Lake McDonald Lodge. Shuttles will be equipped with a bike trailer to transport bicycles.

bike trail map
Dotted red lines are bike trails

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Are There Bike Trails?

Bicycles are permitted on all of the roads in the park but are not permitted on trails, with three exceptions:

  • The paved path from Park Headquarters to Apgar Village,
  • The Fish Creek Bike Path from Apgar Village to Fish Creek Campground and,
  • The old Flathead Ranger Station trail.
Additionally, the Inside North Fork Road is temporarily closed to vehicles between Camas Creek and Logging Creek and makes an excellent, although unpaved, route for exploring the park by bicycle.

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