Make America Great Again, a Rainbow, Beers and Burgers at the Northern Lights Saloon.
Appreciate what you have, especially beer, burgers and a ride home after a 55 miles of dirt roads. Always finishing at the end of the Rainbow.
Alway a rainbow somewhere in life.
If you are ever looking for a fun dirt road ride with lunch and beers at the end, a tour from Whitefish to the town of Polebridge via Red Meadow Pass is a fun outing. Even better if you have a ride back to town lined up. Distance comes in at about 52 miles with some rolling terrain and one significant climb in the last 4 miles gaining about 1500’. Overall climbing depending comes in at about 2700’. 90% dirt and 10% pavement.
This covered miles 45 -72 of the JCPR – Tour of the Whitefish Divide route. This section has about 2000 of climbing and 2400’ of descending.
- Miles 45 – 52 are a rolling affair with about 500’ of climbing. Road surface is in good shape.
- 52 – 55 kicks it up with maximum gradients up to 11%+ gaining about 1000’. Road surface becomes a bit rocky, with some deeper ruts/water damage.
- 55 – 67 takes you down the east side of the Red Meadow Pass Road to the North Fork Road. Loosing about 1500’ of vertical. Road Surface is in great shape, happy cruising.
- 67 – 72 takes you down the North Fork Road to Polebridge where you will need to drop off your Powerball Ticket, grab a snack and fill up on water. This is a two lane improved dirt road. It receives a fair amount of traffic and can have a fair amount some well defined wash board. Stay focused on this section, people have a tendency to drive rather fast on the North Fork Road, it can be a bit dusty also.
Pretty straight forward on this section.
Red Meadow Pass/Lake is the turn around for the 80 mile version. Turn around will be at the picnic table at the lake.
Link to route – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/22845603
Link HERE also to route.