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Finally! Plows make Logan Pass accessible in Glacier Park

Glacier National Park road crews reach Logan Pass and begin clearing the visitor center parking area on June 4, 2013. (National Park Service)
Glacier National Park road crews reach Logan Pass and begin clearing the visitor center parking area on June 4, 2013. (National Park Service)

NATIONAL PARKS – Access to Logan Pass on the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park will be available to vehicle traffic from the east-side of the park the morning of Saturday, June 15, weather dependent.

Vehicles on the west-side of the park can travel as far as Avalanche Creek. All 50 miles of the road is anticipated to be open to vehicle travel by Friday, June 21 at the earliest.

Read on for details.

Restrooms at Logan Pass will be open, but potable water will not be available until next week.  The Logan Pass Visitor Center remains closed at this time.

Visitors will discover a snow-covered landscape at Logan Pass. Winter weather may be encountered with cold temperatures and wind, freezing temperatures at night, as well as icy conditions. Sturdy boots, warm clothing, and adequate fluids are necessary when spending time outside. Unpredictable and rapidly changing weather may cause falling rock and snow debris, so please use caution when traveling the road.

The trails are covered in snow and may be difficult to follow. Visitors should exercise caution when walking on snow. Be alert for snow that may not support your body weight due to melt holes and running water beneath the snow. Snow bridges over streams and wet rocks along streams can be hazardous. Avoid crossing steep, snow-covered slopes where a fall could be disastrous. A reliable map and compass are recommended when traveling on snow-covered trails. The Highline Trail from Logan Pass is closed due to snow conditions.

There are no hiker/biker restrictions on the Going-to-the-Sun Road this weekend. Beginning Monday, June 17, hikers and bikers cannot travel between Avalanche Creek and Logan Pass due to road construction and park road crew work. For current information on hiker/biker access on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, please visit our road status webpage at http://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/roadstatus/roadstatus.cfm.

Favorable weather conditions and monetary support from the Glacier National Park Conservancy contributed to the timely accessibility of Logan Pass this year. Funds from the Conservancy were used to facilitate park employee overtime hours needed to open the road.

Additional information on park roads, weather conditions, and visitor services can be found on Glacier National Park’s website, http://www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm or by calling park headquarters at 406-888-7800. 

Updates can also be found on the park’s official Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/GlacierNPS and on Twitter @glaciernps.  




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