Favorite Rides & Destinations

Fall 2017

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Melting snow and June glacial runoff combine to fill Glacier's every basin and cirque with frigid cascades. www.FavoriteRidesAndDestinations.com | ridermagazine.com PAGE 73 FALL 2017 ISSUE 02 / VOL. 02 With the weather turning nasty and cold, the dark clouds and blowing rain made for a dramatic ride along the winding, narrow Kings Hill Scenic Byway portion of High way 89, swooping through numerous tight sweepers climbing and descending through small mountain valleys studded with rock formations—sort of like Monument Valley with vegetation. The highway reaches its pinnacle at 7,400 feet, crossing the Little Belt Mountains before descending in more tight sweepers along Belt Creek. After cruising on fumes into Belt—wishing we'd gassed up in White Sulphur—we stopped for dinner in the city of Great Falls, then hopped back onto the bike and rode into the sunset toward the gorgeous Rocky Mountain Front. For about 20 miles Highway 89 takes up four lanes through open, rolling country with a few sweepers to circumnavigate the larger gullies. The majesty of Montana's Glacier National Park must be seen to be believed.

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