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Level: Beginner
Length: 13 mi (20.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: -
Total: 3 riders
 

Mountain Biking Flathead River Ranger Station

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#214 of 272 mountain bike trails in Montana
#9412 in the world

This is one of them few trails within a National Park that are designated for MTB use along with hikers & equestrians. The trail is on an old and overgrown road bed that goes through the forest and eventually leads to a high bluff over-looking the Middle Fork and the North Fork of the Flathead River where an old ranger station once stood. This area and the old Flathead Ranger Station were burned in the summer of 2003 by the Trapper Lake Fire.
Other than a 200 yard section around a fallen bridge there is nothing technical about this trail, just a peaceful ride through the burned woods, it is interesting to see the new foliage taking hold here quickly. Great ride for beginners or a family outing while visiting the Park.
The trail does continue on past the overlook however becomes very primitive past that point.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water
  • No E-bikes permitted
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter
  • No Fee required
  • No Lift service
  • No Night riding allowed
  • No Pump track
  • No Restrooms
Getting there
Just inside the West Glacier National Park entrance there is a road heading west signed for the horse corrals/barn. Parking may be found at points within the first mile of this gravel road or a better option is to start the ride from Apgar Village a couple miles inside the park. From Apgar ride the paved bike trail back towards the Park entrance crossing a couple roads, at mile 1.5 you come to the afore mentioned road to the horse barn and turn right (GPS track starts here). One mile later you will cross a single lane historic bridge and the road begins to follow the Flathead river. Climb a little and then within a mile come to a junction with the singletrack leading to the left (see photo). There is parking here but it is limited to just two vehicles.
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Dry (Oct 15, 2015)
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  • Kenneth & Deborah
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    Nice ride next to the river and through the only trail for biking in Glacier NP. We packed a lunch and ate on a cliff with awesome views.

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