Montana Gravel – North Fork of Flathead River

IMG_1877The Dirty Freehub gang wandered upon this gravel route while on a winter / spring skiing trip in Whitefish, Montana. It looks fantastic to us …. off the beaten track, great scenery, a rolling course with some pavement, and a food and water stop at the half way point.

Ride details:
– A loop course
– 3200 ft of gain and descent
– 52 miles or so

Logistics (suggestions only!):
– I think the ride is best done late spring when the river flows are high, the flowers are out and the tourists are still few. But … it has to be late enough in the spring such that the snow has melted and the spring “mud season” has passed Late May / early June? (Note – the elevation of the ride is between 3000 and 4000 ft for the entire course.)

– Also, I suggest checking with the National Park Service (Glacier National Park) for when the roads are open, road conditions, and when the Polebridge Mercantile & Bakery opens (i.e. food / water stop).

If you do ride this route, please drop us a communication with a short ride report. We would really appreciate it!

For more information on the area (including pictures) check out this link:

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2 thoughts on “Montana Gravel – North Fork of Flathead River”

  1. This is a great ride. What you have outlined here is really just the tip of the iceberg for dirt road riding around here. I like riding this loop counter clockwise. Be aware that much of the inside road has been closed to cars for years and is washed away in places. Take it easy on the downhills as you can suddenly come up on big/deep ruts that will literally swallow you. Also be sure to make lots of noise and carry bear spray in a place where you can easily reach it. The only time i’ve had to pull out bear spray was on a road ride. Northern Lights Bar is next to the Merc and has good burgers and beers. I wouldn’t count on doing this loop in May on an average snow year. Here are a couple photos from last summer.

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