Visiting northwestern Montana has many treasures to explore and one of the best known is Glacier National Parks Going-To-The-Sun Road. When the road opens to vehicles, in the summer months, is how most visitors experience this epic road ride. But for the few who can visit the area in the shoulder seasons of Spring and Fall, the road is a huge sidewalk. The road is gated at the first signs of winter in the Fall and during Spring during plowing activities and, of course, current conditions dictate how far you can ride up the road safely.
I had a guest from Michigan visiting for a few weeks this Fall. She arrived in the cold rain by AmTrak in the dark and for the first week of her visit saw nothing but rain, clouds and mud as she rode trails around the Whitefish Bike Retreat and town. She was smiling and laughing and just so happy to be here in Montana - nothing could change that.
The rain that fell around Whitefish was snow and ice in Glacier Park. I played hookie from Retreat work for a day so she could experience more of Montana so we went to go play in Glacier National Park at the sign of the first sunny clear day.
We had to been the luckiest people on the planet that day!
We had this epic road all to ourselves - just 4 hikers down around Avalanche Area and that was it. I live here and I never experienced a day like this - proof that this majestic land still amazes me in every season! Yes it was cold, very cold indeed but knowing we had a truck with a heater to return to made dealing with the cold bearable.
We lived through the cold with all our digits will intact and saw Montana in all its glory!