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Bike Route: Polebridge to Kintla Lake

A scenic 29 mile bike ride within the northwesternmost reaches of Glacier National Park

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Location: Northwest corner of Glacier National Park
Type: Mountain Bike Ride
Rating: Easy to Moderate
Mileage: 29 miles (14.5 one way)

This ride begins in Polebridge, a backwoods community that is an authentic throwback to an earlier day. Except for the first mile (and last mile, if you do it as an out-and-back), the outing takes place entirely within the most northwestern reaches of Glacier National Park. Particularly early and late in the day, you’ll have outstanding opportunities to spot wildlife, including bears, so be bear aware and make plenty of noise.

Most of the ride takes place amid grassy meadows marking the floodplain of the North Fork of the Flathead River, but the last 2.5 miles penetrate thick forests of Douglas fir, hemlock and other coniferous species. The real visual payoff is at the turn-around point of Kintla Lake: the sparkling glacial lake, long and narrow, stretches some five miles eastward, lapping against the base of lofty mountains. You’ll also find a camp-ground on the lake shore, so hauling in camping gear and spending the night is a highly recommended option.

 

Map of the Ride from Polebridge to Kintla Lake

Map of the Ride from Polebridge to Kintla Lake