There are a ton of amazing places to cycle throughout the Flathead Valley, but my hands down
favorite is Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park during the spring plowing season! This legburning jaunt is one of the best ways to see this amazing feat of engineering stretching from West Glacier on the southwest side of the park over to St. Mary on the east side. The entire 50 mile road is only open to vehicle traffic from mid-June through mid-September but therein lies the beauty of biking GTTSR.
We are incredibly blessed with an amazing range of recreational options available to us here in the Flathead Valley. Between hiking, shooting, fishing, ATV-ing and camping (I could go on
forever), it can be hard to figure out how to divide your time. But once the snow dries up every
spring one thing is certain, I can’t wait to get out exploring on my mountain bike. That crunch
of gravel under the tires; the ability to cover so much terrain so quickly, to get deep within the wilderness with minimal effort has always thrilled me.
Lucky for us, there are countless trails scattered around the Flathead Valley like spiderwebs covering different nooks and crannies. While I always love exploring new trails, there are a few favorites on standby that I always find myself going back to.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Montana is such an incredibly diverse state full of amazing landscapes ranging from plains stretching as far as the eye can see to mountain peaks towering so high they scrape the sky. Between all these varying landscapes are rivers carving through the land, jutting, flowing, and meandering here and there as they have done for countless generations.
One of my favorite ways to immerse myself in nature and disconnect from work life has always been to get out on these rivers in a raft full of friends for a float. Luckily, for those of us in the Flathead Valley, we have amazing access to a large selection of fantastic rafting rivers, my personal favorites being the three forks of the Flathead River.