30.7 Miles (49.41 km)
- Distance: 30.7 Miles (49.41 km)
- Rating: 4-D, Fairly technical, the road isn't in such good shape because of the harsh winters in the area Ratings Explained »
- Travel: South to North for best results
- Start: East Glacier Park, MT
- End: St Mary, MT
- Fuel: Available on both ends
Some of the most famous views of Glacier National Park are taken from some very humble pullouts along this route. Looking Glass Hill Road is only 11 miles, but if connected with MT-89 all the way to St. Mary it's extended to a worthwhile 30 miles, but its those first 11 miles that makes this road worthy of our list.Leaving East Glacier Park, MT the road immediately narrows and begins climbing through tight, blind corners that narrowly miss thick stands of Aspens on both sides of the road. Pullouts overlooking the Medicine Lakes must be stopped at. After the pullouts the road really gets challenging. Heavy snow loads, harsh winters and lots of water have created enormous frost swells that will have your suspension working overtime. Lots of quick kicking corners skirt along crumbling slopes so expect gravel and plan for the road to narrow to one-lane in several places. The road will turn to the east and the aspen trees will be replaced by endless expanses of grasses. The road drops and climbs again as it meets up with MT-89. Turn north for more great riding, although far less technical. MT-89 will climb along a long empty glacial valley then start gyrating through burned out stands of trees. Watch for RV's and campers heading toward the park. When the road zeniths and starts dropping again, the best cornering is behind you. When you reach St Mary's, skip the big gas station on the corner and go a block farther north for a much friendlier and less busy fillin' station.