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Going-to-the-Sun Road

Nicky Ouellet

At the top of Logan Pass in Glacier National Park, a giant rotary plow shoots snow 40 feet up into the air before it arcs into a free-falling cascade over the eastern edge of the Continental Divide.

Plow crews hit asphalt along the entire length of Going-To-The-Sun Road Thursday. There’s still no opening date set. Right now, cars are being stopped at the Avalanche Creek parking lot on the West Side and the Jackson Glacier Overlook on the East Side.

A plow team work their way up the west side of Going-to-the-Sun road in Glacier National Park in 2015.
Corin Cates-Carney

Glacier National Park opened another section of Going-To-The-Sun Road to car traffic Friday.

Vehicles can now drive to Avalanche Creek from West Glacier. Bikers and hikers can continue up the road beyond that point.

Two Medicine restroom nearly completely covered in snow the first week of April, 2018. This winter brought record, or near record, snowfall to parts of northwest Montana.
National Park Service

Glacier National Park plow crews are dealing with massive amounts of snow and it’s still falling. Plow crews working in Two Medicine on Glacier’s east side are clearing some snow drifts that are 15 to 20 feet deep.

Glacier National Park sign at the park's St. Mary entrance.
Glacier National Park (PD)

A section of the iconic road that traverses Glacier National Park will re-open Saturday after being closed in late August due to wildfire.

Going-to-the-Sun Road will open to vehicles from West Glacier to Avalanche by noon Saturday. Drivers should expect delays due to road construction. Some hiking trails will be closed at times for maintenance work.

Glacier National Park's Logan Pass Visitor Center on a busy summer day.
Tom Westbrook (CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0)

For the first time, more than one million people entered Glacier National Park in a single month. Park officials made the announcement Monday.

The crowds are causing park officials to set time limits on some parking spaces, including up at Logan Pass. Next week about 60 parking spaces at the pass will have a one hour limit, aiming to move along the traffic congestion in the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor.

Cyclists admire the view atop Going to the Sun Road under a full moon Saturday night
Nicky Ouellet

On Saturday night, I did what every newcomer to the Flathead Valley does to prove that they’re a local: I tossed a bike in my trunk and set out for Glacier National Park to bike Going-to-the-Sun Road by the light of the full moon.

At about 9:30 pm I watched a shadow creep up the side of the continental divide on the side of Going To The Sun Road, and then hopped on my bike and joined the stream of bikers making the climb up the iconic road.

Glacier National Park opened the full 50 miles of its iconic Going-to-the-Sun Road Wednesday, June 28.
Glacier National Park

Motorists rejoice! Glacier National Park opened the full 50 miles of its iconic Going-to-the-Sun Road Wednesday.

After weeks of plowing, installing guard rails and removing rock debris, park officials have deemed the road safe for vehicular traffic.

A snow blower clears off the final snow drifts on the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park, MT.
Nicky Ouellet

Plowing crews in Glacier National Park are clearing the final snow drifts from the park’s iconic main road, with hopes to open it entirely within the next few weeks. Though most of Going to the Sun Road is now open to bikers and hikers, one section just east of the Continental Divide remains buried under 15 feet of snow. 

Glacier National Park visitors wait for the shuttle bus.
Flickr user, Mike Willis (cc-by-2.0)

Starting this weekend, Glacier National Park will begin operating a spring transit shuttle for hikers and bicyclists traveling the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Going-to-the-Sun will be vehicle free for several weeks. 

A plow team work their way up the west side of Going-to-the-Sun road in Glacier National Park in 2015.
Corin Cates-Carney

Plowing began on the west side of Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park today. Though Lauren Alley, a public affairs specialist for the park, says it’s hard to say when the road will be entirely clear.

“That is always the question every year, how long will that take, and it really is variable year by year, it does take several months to get all that snow cleared off,” Alley says.

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