|Avalanche Creek running through a gorge|
I suggest starting from the southwest end of Lake McDonald and enjoying the flat 10 mile stretch along the lake. Follow the road as it begins to slowly climb along McDonald Creek. As you part ways with the creek (mile 20), the climb begins immediately and climbs steadily at 5% to the top for 10 miles. Continuing down the other side is just as nice a road if you have the energy. The return descent can be skipped if you're soaked in freezing rain, as I was, by taking a free shuttle back down. I was even allowed to put take my bike inside the uncrowded shuttle bus. There aren't too many miles of riding but the hiking is also amazing.
I don't suggest going to Glacier without a bike, this is a can't-miss road. Here are gps files of my two days in the park:
Day One a: Logan Pass Ascent from West in cold, cold rain
Day One b: small side road from the park station
Day Two: Logan Pass from West, then East and return descent - best day of biking of my life
|Clements Mt. to the left and Logan Pass center from east Going-to-the-Sun rd.|
|View of Mt. Cannon and Clements Mt. from Going-to-the-Sun Rd.|