Kintla Lake

Development Route

This is a ride we have had our sights set on for some time, but just haven’t gotten to it yet! (Thus the reason for designation as a Development Route.) The Montana Office of Tourism describes the ride as follows.

“This ride begins in Polebridge, a community that is an authentic throwback to an earlier day. Except for the first mile, 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.”

Glacier National Park may be best known for its 20+ named glaciers, but anyone who has visited remembers the vast scenery composed of its alpine forests, abundant streams, and fault-block mountains framing deep blue lakes.  All of these features can be taken in on two wheels while riding the Inside North Fork Road[micro video] along the park’s western boundary. **Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

Out & Back: 32 miles / 1200 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 100% gravel
eBike Friendly: No
– Location: ~ 1 hour, 20 minutes north of Whitefish, MT
– Published: June 2020

Difficulty

Easy+

When we like to ride this …

June – September. Outside of this, conditions may not be favorable for riding. September has less people in the park and cooler temps.

The Start

Polebridge Mercantile & Bakery
Lat / Long: 48.764931, -114.285263

Food / Water

None


Downloads

Wahoo / Garmin Direct Download
Cue Sheet / GPX file / TCX file

Legend

Brown = gravel / dirt road

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