Glacier Park’s Logan Pass now open for summer season

Published: June 20, 2012

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Rotary plow removes snow from The Loop on Going-to-the-Sun Road (photo courtesy of Glacier
National Park).

All 50 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park were opened to vehicle travel on Tuesday, June 19, allowing access to Logan Pass.

Park road crews encountered a minimum of 35 inches of new snow with multiple spring storms since Memorial Day weekend creating some challenging conditions to plow and open access to the famous route through the park.

Logan Pass Visitor Center and rest rooms are also open, but potable water at Logan Pass will not be available until later June. New rest room facilities below the visitor center were constructed last year and will be available for use. The visitor center is open daily from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and includes a bookstore managed by park partner Glacier Association.

Visitors will discover a snow-covered landscape at Logan Pass, with cold temperatures and wind, freezing temperatures at night, as well as icy conditions. The trails are covered in snow and park official encourage visitors to exercise caution when walking on snow, and beware of unseen holes and snow bridges. The Highline Trail from Logan Pass is closed due to snow conditions.

Rehabilitation work on the Going-to-the-Sun Road will continue this year with construction on the west side occurring between Avalanche Creek and Logan Creek (3.5 miles) and between Haystack Creek and Big Bend (2 miles). Visitors can expect 30-minute maximum traffic delays on the west side of the park this summer and no delays on the east side.

The opening of Logan Pass marks the end of current hiker/biker access. Bicyclists are reminded that bicycle restrictions are in effect on the Going-to-the-Sun-Road due to traffic congestion now through Labor Day, Sept. 3. Bicycles are prohibited between Apgar Campground and Sprague Creek Campground from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. In addition, bicycles are prohibited eastbound (uphill) between Logan Creek and Logan Pass from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For information on bicycle restrictions and average bicycle times, check the park newspaper, the Waterton-Glacier Guide, at home.nps.gov/applications/glac/inforequest/inforequest3.cfm.

The park’s free optional shuttle system that provides shuttle services along the Going-to-the-Sun Road begins operations July 1. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/shuttles.htm.

For current information on park roads, weather conditions, and visitor services visit www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm or call park headquarters at 406-888-7800.


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