One of the supreme perks of springtime in Glacier National Park is the opportunity to cycle or walk sections of Going-to-the-Sun Road without the congestion of crowds and vehicle traffic.
Plow crews are hard at work uncovering the iconic thoroughfare following winter, and this lengthy process gives cyclists and hikers first dibs at experiencing the serpentine roadway and the breathtaking Sun Road corridor. As of this earlier week, the plows had cleared about 2.5 miles past The Loop on the west side. On the east side, plows have reached Wild Good Island Overlook, about 8.6 miles from St. Mary.
During the week while crews are working, hiker/biker access is limited to Logan Pit, about 10 miles past Lake McDonald Lodge, on the west side. On weekends and days when the plows are offline, hikers and bikers can travel as far as the snow allows. On the east side, the Sun Road is open 5.5 miles to Rising Sun and travel is prohibited beyond this point, including hiking and biking.
Vehicles can drive as far as Lake McDonald Lodge on the west side and just past the St. Mary Campground on the east side.
Park officials remind visitors to always abide by signage in the park, especially signs pointing out closed areas.
For more information, visit https://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/roadstatus/roadstatus.cfm.