As the road begins its steady ascent, cedars give way to towering clusters of firs. Past The Loop, you might gasp inside your helmet as the Garden Wall comes into view (don’t worry, everybody does it). This sheer ridge shoots more than a thousand feet up, forming a spine that makes up part of the Continental Divide. Water falling to the west of the divide drains toward the Pacific Ocean, while precipitation to the east eventually flows to the Atlantic. At Logan Pass, sheer cliffs command your attention, even as you crane your neck to take in all the scenic majesty. Pull over to take in the views of mountain peaks surrounding you like stoic sentries. You have climbed 3000 feet from Lake McDonald. The valleys spread out below you, and magnificent vistas spread out in all directions.