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Fri., July 8, 2011, 8:32 a.m.

Finally! Glacier’s Sun Road to open Wednesday

A cyclist  descends Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. Sixty-seven  percent of those polled said they’d go to another state on their vacation; 19 percent said they will travel outside the U.S. Photo courtesy of Becky Lomax (Photo courtesy of Becky Lomax / The Spokesman-Review)
A cyclist descends Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. Sixty-seven percent of those polled said they’d go to another state on their vacation; 19 percent said they will travel outside the U.S. Photo courtesy of Becky Lomax (Photo courtesy of Becky Lomax / The Spokesman-Review)

NATIONAL PARKS -- Glacier National Park officials have announced they expect entire 50 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road to be clear of snow and available for vehicle traffic on Wednesday.

This will be the second latest opening of the road and one of only three seasons in which the famous road over Logan Pass has not been open for the Fourth of July holiday.

A flyover of the Big Drift at Logan Pass on June 4th revealed a snowpack over the pavement was about 30 feet deep and looking more like April than June, officials said, noting that this amount of snow at this time of year is unprecedented.

The Highline Trail remains closed at this time no opening date is projected yet.

For current information on park roads and weather conditions, and visitor services throughout the park, visit Glacier's website www.nps.gov/glac,




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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