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Wed., June 20, 2012, 11:45 a.m.

Glacier Park opening Going to the Sun Road

Crews clear the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park near Logan Pass. (Glacier National Park)
Crews clear the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park near Logan Pass. (Glacier National Park)

NATIONAL PARKS -- Glacier National Park officials are planning to open the Going-to-the-Sun Road over 6,646-foot Logan Pass today. 

The opening will end the spring grace period when bikers and hikers could much of the 50-mile route motor-vehicle free.

If you're driving to Logan Pass and want to stop and take a hike, bring snowshoes!  All the nature trails are covered by snow the Highline Trail from Logan Pass is closed by snow.

The visitor center will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The park’s free shuttle system that provides services along Going-to-the-Sun Road will begin running on July 1.

Read on for more details.

Rehabilitation work on 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).

Motorists can expect 30-minute maximum traffic delays on the west side of the park this summer and no delays on the east side.

Bicycle restrictions are in effect on 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. to 4 p.m. In addition, bicycles are prohibited eastbound (uphill) between Logan Creek and Logan Pass from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.




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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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