Monday 7/3/06

Columbia Falls, MT to Browning, MT

Turning off US-2 into Glacier National Park

 

We were about 20 miles into the day

 

Climbing the grade

 

This is about 55 miles into our day, heading up the ~20 mile 6% grade of the Going to the Sun road. Within 700 vertical feet of the pass, we were stopped by the Park Service as bikes are not permitted heading uphill between 11am and 4pm. Yes the road is narrow, but we weren’t causing a back-up.

 

Here’s a view looking north from the pass. The “slash” ascending from left to right about 1/3 of the way up the picture is the Going to the Sun road. This park provided the most dramatic scenery of our trip.

 

Just before the Pass

 

Finishing our ride to the pass in the van, we came across this group of mountain goats hanging out next to the road. There was another kid in the background on the right.

 

 

At the Pass

As you can see, plenty of snow from here up to the peaks. Our day started at about 3,000’ of elevation.

 

 

View from Logan Pass

One of the peaks directly visible from the pass.

 

 

A long downhill is a thing of beauty and a joy forever. From Logan Pass we rode out to St. Mary and down US-89 to Browning. Adding insult to injury, just out of St. Mary we again found ourselves climbing about 1,500’ to all but 6,000’ of elevation.

 

Browning, MT

The rain missed us, but provided us with this double rainbow to view from our motel. Browning is the main town in the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

 

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