Posts tagged: Going-to-the-Sun Road
NATIONAL PARKS — The entire 50 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park is open as of 8:30 a.m. this morning.
See map for highlights of the scenic route over Logan Pass.
Additional information on park roads, weather conditions, and visitor services can be found on Glacier National Park’s website, or by calling park headquarters at 406-888-7800.
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.
NATIONAL PARKS — Now through the next couple of weeks or so will be prime time for bicyclists to explore portions of Glacier Park's Going to the Sun Highway.
While plowing is underway from both sides toward Logan Pass, motorized traffic is prohibited but bicycles are allowed.
Currently 29.0 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are open for travel.
Visitors can drive 15.5 miles from the West Entrance to Avalanche, and 13.5 miles from the St. Mary Entrance to Jackson Glacier Overlook.
Get updates here.
See photos of the brave equipment operators plowing the steep avalanche slopes toward Logan Pass.
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.
NATIONAL PARKS – The late spring and heavy snowpack has been a downer for visitation to Glacier National Park.
The National Park Service reports 266,263 people entered the park in June, down 21 percent compared to June 2010.
Of course, the park attracted record crowds last year because of centennial celebration activities.
But Going-to-the-Sun Road over Logan Pass didn’t open until July 13 this year, the latest opening on record.
Deep snow in the higher elevations is still blocking popular trails.
NATIONAL PARKS — The Going to the Sun Road has been open for three days and the scenery's fantastic.
But the photo gives you a hint of what it's like at the top of Logan Pass.
NATIONAL PARKS — On Wednesday, all 50 miles of the scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road opened to the public and the crowds turned out in droves, heralding the official start to summer in this northern region.
The Sun Road's opening was highly anticipated, according to a story in the Missoulian.
The July 13 opening marks the second-latest opening date in the scenic drive's 78-year history, and the latest it's ever opened due to winter weather, the evidence of which was superabundant Wednesday.
Throughout the morning and afternoon, park rangers delivered informational lectures to visitors curious about the status of Glacier National Park's glaciers, which are quickly disappearing due to the effects of global climate change. A snow-covered Mount Clements and a towering wall of snow provided the backdrop to those climate change talks, called “Goodbye to Glaciers.”
“It's always a tough sell when you're standing beside a giant snowdrift like this,” ranger Megan Chaisson said.
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,
NATIONAL PARKS — It's snow go for vehicles driving over Glacier National Park's Going to the Sun Road this holiday weekend.
For the third time in the Montana park's 100-year history, the uppermost reaches of Going-to-the-Sun Road will remain closed to visitors during the Fourth of July weekend.
Park plowing crews have reached Logan Pass but they're still trying to chew through The Big Drift — the last snow obstacle to be cleared on the Sun Road. The drift is estimated at 50-60 feet deep, a depth normally seen on Memorial Day weekend. Get status reports here.
But bikes are allowed on the road to that point, and the park transit system is operating on the road, which is closed to other vehicles.
Note: Rivers, streams and creeks in the park are flowing close to flood stage this weekend.
Drowning is the most prominent cause of death in Glacier National Park.
Info: (406) 888-7800.
Read on for the other dates the Sun Road was closed this late.
NATIONAL PARKS — Crews plowing Glacier National Park’s historic Going-to-the-Sun Road say heavy snowpack this winter has put them almost a month behind schedule.
Stan Stahr says he hasn’t seen the snowpack this bad in the 20 years he has worked for the park, and it is making it dangerous for crews that are experiencing avalanches, mud slides and rocks breaking off cliffs.
With another round of cool, wet weather in the forecast, Stahr says park officials can’t say for sure when the road will be completely open over Logan Pass. It generally opens between now and the beginning of July.
NATIONAL PARKS — While road crews are still churning through 20-foot deep snow drifts toward Logan Pass in the upper sections of Glacier National Park's Going to the Sun Road, bicyclists are having a great time riding the motor-vehicle-free lower reaches of the fabled park road.
Park officials say they still can't predict when the road will be opened over Logan Pass for vehicles.
Meantime, cyclists rule!
NATIONAL PARKS — Winter has retained its grip on Glacier National Park this week, stalling efforts to clear Going to the Sun Road and turning back cyclists looking for vehicle free riding.
Storms dumped 8 inches of snow in West Glacier and 18 inches in both the higher and lower elevations on the east side.
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