The project that started it all. The Gateway to Glacier Trail, aims to complete a safe off-highway path from Columbia Falls to Glacier National Park.


Completed work

Phase one of the project was completed in 2016. This included 7 miles of paved paths for cyclists, walkers, runners and other recreationalists. A safe and complete path now exists from Hungry Horse to West Glacier, Montana.

This phase also included a Welcome Gazebo in Hungry Horse. This staging area provides a safe, off-trail area to park vehicles and get onto the trail. The gazebo was built from parts of the Old Steel Bridge in Kalispell and designed by local Metaphoric Artist, Jeffrey Funk.   

Fall of 2018 saw the completion the South Fork of the Flathead bridge reconstruction. This included a separated path on the bridge, as well access from the path to the west side of the South Fork of the Flathead River.  

Future Construction

We have secured funding through the Federal Lands Access Program, for a 2.7 mile trail from Columbia Falls to Bad Rock Canyon. Optimistically, construction should begin summer of 2020. We have also successfully lobbied the Montana Department of Transportation to include a bike path through Badrock Canyon as part of a future planned highway upgrade. 

Gateway to Glacier Trail Map