Gateway to Glacier Trail

Montana

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Gateway to Glacier Trail Facts

States: Montana
Counties: Flathead
Length: 10.5 miles
Trail end points: Hungry Horse and West Glacier
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 9134854
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Gateway to Glacier Trail Description

Gateway to Glacier Trail is an asphalt paved trail that allows the rider to ride from Hungry Horse to West Glacier, which is a small community just outside the west entrance of Glacier National Park. The vast majority of the trail is a dedicated multi-use trail, but at a couple of points it briefly does double duty as a sidewalk and in two cases it utilizes a seldom used asphalt road. It is great for a training run, a quick day ride, or for those traveling cross country on their way to Glacier National Park it’s a nice break from having to travel on the shoulder of a somewhat busy Hwy 2.

In any of the above cases you are never far from services, so if you need to refuel and recharge, such services are always close at hand. If you are riding cross country and are headed to Glacier National Park, there are several opportunities for you to camp prior to arriving at GNP too.

If you are accessing the trail from what I consider to be the beginning of it, in Hungry Horse, take a right off of Hwy 2 onto the 1st street you come to located on the right, which is Southfork Drive. Having done that, make an immediate left onto Hungry Horse Boulevard. Ahead of you you will see a large paved parking lot, park on the grassy side of the parking lot anywhere between Southfork Drive and Mountain Drive. The conveniences and accommodations on this main street through Hungry Horse, and for the next 10 miles, are too numerous to mention here. Let’s just say that you will never be far from your next bottle of water, pint of beer, bed, or campground.

The Gateway to Glacier Trail crosses Hwy 2 from the south side to the north side just as you enter the town of Coram. This crossover takes place at Hwy 2 and Seville Lane.

During your ride to Glacier, there are 2 deviations from the Gateway to Glacier Trail worth mentioning. One of those comes between mile marker 147 & 148 and the other between mile marker 151 & 152. In each case the path utilizes a seldom used stretch of Old Hwy 2 and requires that you travel 7/10 of a mile on each before rejoining the bike path.

As you come down the final hill you will see a sign for Glacier National Park on your right that indicates that GNP will be your next left turn. In the case of you, the trail user, you will continue on the path and it will turn into a concrete sidewalk that curves left and then goes under the Gateway-Glacier Park railroad bridge. Ahead of you you will see the little community of West Glacier. Continue down the sidewalk until you are in West Glacier, dismount, take a break and enjoy something to eat and drink at one of the local establishments.

Parking and Trail Access

West end: In Hungry Horse, turn off of Hwy 2 on to Southfork Drive. You will see a large paved parking lot between you and Hwy 2, park on the grassy side of the parking lot anywhere between Southfork Drive and Mountain Drive.

East end: Exit Hwy 2 and enter the community of West Glacier. Park in the paved lot next to the Travel Alberta West Glacier Visitor's center located at 125 Going-To-The-Sun Rd, West Glacier, MT.

Gateway to Glacier Trail Reviews

Trail is smooth and hills are not steep. Nice mountain scenery, the only downside is the traffic noise.
The trail is basically uphill going from Hungary Horse toward Glacier, so the ride back to Hungary Horse is fast and easy.

I rode this trail a couple of days ago. It is very hilly so if you not used to riding hills beware. In addition, the trail is right beside a busy highway to Glacier National Park so it can be quite noisy. The scenery is beautiful and well worth the ride.

As noted, this is an 11-mike one way trail along the highway, which is busy in the summer months. It does veer off onto old route 2 a few times, past camps & resorts, tucked away from commercial route 2. Well maintained, with stunning scenery along the way, this trail suffices for our quest of “Cycling the 50” states.

Accordion

This is not a trail you pick for the scenery, although views along this highway are nice. The description in TrailLink is accurate, from what I can tell. I was very happy to have this trail to do. My husband needed to take a break and get some things done at our RV, which left me free to ride, and this trail was perfect. I could get in as many miles as I wanted and I did 40. It wasn't that easy - some nice long and a bit challenging hills made it interesting. If you just want a trail that will give you some nice miles this is great. I am really, really happy it was here. Thank you!

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