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    Glacier Nat'l Park

    my "08 trip needs some miles cut off
    i'll be going thru Glacier NP for the frist time
    will be taking the pass thru the park and on up to CAN
    wondering if route 2, 49 & 89 have any "must see's"
    6/23/08 can't come quick enough
    thanks in advance - Steve

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    Going To The Sun Road about 20 miles east of Columbia Falls. We a looking to go through there in late June but may be confronted with it not being open. We have never gone through there but understand it to be well worth the 50 mile ride. Others here have much more experience with this path and can be of greater assistance. -Bob
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    You can keep track of park conditions here. Last year only half of Going to the Sun Road was open the last week of June. If you've not been through it is definitly worth it, even if you can't go all the way through.

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    Ditto on checking the Glacier website for the Going to the Sun road condition. I was up that way mid June of last year and the road was still closed.

    I was headed to Alaska. We rode up through Banff and Jasper National Parks, to Jasper before heading west. Banff and Jasper were at least as beautiful as anything else I saw on the trip, and alone would have made the trip worthwhile. If you have the time, I recommend riding up highway 93.

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    Do leave time for riding in to Waterton Lakes, Glacier's sister park in Canada.

    http://www.watertonpark.com/

    Glorious!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voni View Post
    Do leave time for riding in to Waterton Lakes, Glacier's sister park in Canada.

    http://www.watertonpark.com/

    Glorious!

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    That too looks well worth the effort but we will be coming down to catch the Going to the Sun from the west side. But who knows. Weather will play a big role in the decision making for us in June. -Bob
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    Quote Originally Posted by charleshickman View Post
    Ditto on checking the Glacier website for the Going to the Sun road condition. I was up that way mid June of last year and the road was still closed.

    I was headed to Alaska. We rode up through Banff and Jasper National Parks, to Jasper before heading west. Banff and Jasper were at least as beautiful as anything else I saw on the trip, and alone would have made the trip worthwhile. If you have the time, I recommend riding up highway 93.
    93 may now be our Plan B. sigh.... if all of this was only one month later with more time. -Bob
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    Steve:

    There's several detailed threads on this topic here. Just do searches under "Glacier", "Going to the Sun", or "Logan Pass" and they should come up. I'll look on the weekend if you can't find them.

    It's a great area and we go down there all the time.

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    Going to the Sun is Logan Pass. If it isn't open when you come through, Hwy 2 which is Marias (mah-rye'-us) Pass is the main truck route and therefore is only closed when the bridge washes out. It's an amazing ride. Hwy 93 is better riding from south to north as the mountains just loom larger and larger.

    49 is the Looking Glass Hwy and is often closed, usually there's a funding fight to cover maintenance. If you can ride it, do so, but remember this whole area is Open Range. The cattle step out of the brush onto the road without warning and they're usually black; do not go into corners hot. 89 is great, too.

    For a fifteen minute sidetrip and a memory that will last a lifetime, go to Two Medicine Lake, ride all the way to the boat ramp parking area.

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    Michelle:

    That's my favourite road and I didn't know it had a name. I've always called it the Kiowa Cut-Off.

    Yep, I can see that maintenance is an issue; I almost got bucked off my bike in one part, the last time I rode it. I was saved by my telelever.

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    It's named for the Nez Perce chief.

    There are no bad rides in NW Montana. Just bad pavement!

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    Well I would think by now that the chip seal work east of Marias Summit has been completed, anyway.

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    I traversed 49 last August and it needed some maintenance in places but overall was nice. Watch for 'heaves' in the pavement. I can attest to the unexpected black things coming out of the brush - I almost hit a black bear! I was in my truck at the time, not the bike - whew!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Voni View Post
    Do leave time for riding in to Waterton Lakes, Glacier's sister park in Canada.

    http://www.watertonpark.com/

    Glorious!

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    +1 It's downright magical and worth staying a couple of days. It's extremely peaceful. The famous landmark hotel the Prince of Whales is worth a visit, but other hotels down below in the small village are better to stay for the money. I stayed at the Waterton Lakes Lodge and it was more like staying in an upscale condo. Not one of the budget hotels, but real nice for sure if you want to splurge for a night or two.

    If Glacier park is open all the way through and you enter at the west side (recommended), when you come out the east side of Glacier at St Mary's, head north just past Babb and pick up Route 17 which will turn to Route 6 at the Canadian border. From memory I would say the trip from the east side of Glacier to Waterton is less than an hour. Also in Waterton there are some unbelievable roads about a mile north of town I believe Mont Blackstone Rd. Unbelievably beautiful along with great hiking trails as well.

    I can't think of anyplace more beautiful to ride a motorcycle than those two parks.

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    Glacier Park

    This is the place to stay in Waterton townsite:

    http://www.watertoninfo.com/kilmorey.html

    Book early.

    The Prince of Wales hotel is just outside of the townsite, and a unique experience in its own right (take in the afternoon High Tea).

    ...great hiking trails as well....RTRandy
    One of the most exotic hikes of them all is up there, the Carthew-Alderson:

    http://www.watertonpark.com/activities/h_carthew.htm

    You can get shuttle bus tickets to the trailhead, which is at Cameron Lake, from Tamarack Outdoor Outfitters in town and they're inexpensive. If you like hiking, don't miss this one.

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