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Offline greenbubba

Great Divide MTB alternate Eureka MT into Glacier NP
« on: June 23, 2015, 12:52:32 pm »
Wondering if it's worth leaving the Great Divide trail at Red Meadow Rd and taking North Fork Rd to Polebridge mt and accessing Glacier park on the west side, then rejoining Great Divide trail at Columbia Falls or Whitefish MT. Or even fording the N Flathead River and taking Kitna Lake Rd south to the going to sun road. Looks pretty doable by google maps, but looking for feedback and wondering if anyone had actually gone this route. thanks!
charlie

Offline John Nettles

Re: Great Divide MTB alternate Eureka MT into Glacier NP
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2015, 01:04:27 pm »
The original GD route when through Polebridge then south to Columbia Falls via North Fork Rd..  For some reason, the route got altered even though the original route was perfectly fine.

If wanting to go to Glacier, you could turn onto Camas Rd. south of Polebridge.  Or you could go slightly north of Polebridge and cross the N. Flathead River and cross a bridge (no fording necessary  :)) to access the Inside Fork Road down to Camas Rd. to Apgar and return via Blankenship Road back to Columbia Falls.

Personally, I would take the N Fork Rd. as there is another campground/cafe/store on the road that is also pretty neat and the road is much better maintained.

Enjoy the ride!
Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!
John

Offline greenbubba

Re: Great Divide MTB alternate Eureka MT into Glacier NP
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2015, 09:07:04 pm »
Perfect - thank you John!
Charlie
charlie

Offline CMajernik

Re: Great Divide MTB alternate Eureka MT into Glacier NP
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2015, 12:53:24 pm »
FYI... The original Great Divide route never went through Polebridge and further south via the North Fork Rd. It has always gone up over Red Meadow Pass. We've always recommended cyclists go to Polebridge for supplies - the general store is a great place to visit.
Carla Majernik
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Offline John Nettles

Re: Great Divide MTB alternate Eureka MT into Glacier NP
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2015, 01:44:33 pm »
Carla,

My mistake then.  I guess I read so many journals that indicated they went that way writing about Polebridge and Home Ranch Bottoms stores I guess I got it ingrained into my brain that was the original route.  Regardless, in this case, since the OP wanted to go to Glacier, I still think North Fork road would be a better option, unless you have information/opinions otherwise.
Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!
John

Offline CMajernik

Re: Great Divide MTB alternate Eureka MT into Glacier NP
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2015, 01:51:23 pm »
John:
I like the idea to use the Inside Fork Rd. I haven't been between Polebridge and Columbia Falls using the North Fork Rd. in years but it used to be as summer progressed, the gravel North Fork Rd. turned into horrendous washboards from traffic. At Polebridge Charlie can ask the locals to see what they say.
Carla Majernik
Routes and Mapping Program Director

Adventure Cycling Association
Inspiring people of all ages to travel by bicycle.
800/755-2453, 406/721-1776 x218, 406/721-8754 fax
www.adventurecycling.org

Follow Routes & Mapping on Twitter: @acaroutes