Cyclists, hikers, enjoy Glacier National Park before the cars arrive

By Beacon Staff

She sleeps quietly.

Laying in a mantel of white, Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road sleeps soundly until the day the cars arrive. Before this famous road over Logan Pass opens, however, it’s being widely enjoyed by cyclists and hikers every day.

On Memorial Day weekend, the road was busy with a variety of park users. There were bikers of all persuasions, from children on bikes with streamers and kickstands, to Lycra-clad racers zooming down the two-lane highway.

In only a few weeks, the silence will be gone, replaced by motor vehicles.

But until then, the park is a biker’s and hiker’s haven, untouched by motors.

Enjoy it while it lasts.

Twenty-nine 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.

The section of the road between Avalanche and Jackson Glacier Overlook is closed due to snow plowing. Hikers and bikers may travel beyond the West Side closure when the Roads Crew is not working on plowing in this area. Hikers and bikers are not allowed beyond the Jackson Glacier Overlook.

Road information: http://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/roadstatus/roadstatus.cfm

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