West Side Access to Logan Pass Expected Friday

By Beacon Staff

The full expanse of Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park is expected to be open to vehicle traffic by Friday, depending on the weather, according to a statement from park officials.

The Logan Pass Visitor Center is expected to be open for limited operational hours on June 22. Restroom facilities are available at Logan Pass and potable water will be available Friday. Visitors are reminded that conditions are still winter-like at Logan Pass and inclement weather is expected over the weekend. Exercise caution when walking on snow and be alert of possible collapsible snow and falling snow or rock debris.

Park officials remind visitors that the weather expected for the weekend beginning June 21 include rain showers, wind gusts up to 40 mph, and possible snow.

“As of Thursday afternoon, snow was falling at the higher elevations and approximately one inch of slush was on the road. The temperature at Oberlin Bend, just west of Logan Pass, was 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Crews are working to remove mud and rock debris from the road and prepare for public access. Visitors are encouraged to drive with care,” park officials said.

Rehabilitation efforts on Going-to-the-Sun Road will continue this summer through August, with work on the west side consisting of the portion between Logan Creek and Avalanche Creek. Crews on the east side will work between Rising Sun and Siyeh Bend beginning July 8 with activity occurring 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday morning. Sun Point will be closed to the public beginning June 30 due to construction. Visitors should expect 40-minute maximum construction delays for one-way travel across the entire road.

Also, bicycle restrictions are in effect on the Going-to-the-Sun Road through Labor Day. Bicycle travel between Apgar and Sprague Creek Campground and eastbound travel from Logan Creek to Logan Pass is not allowed on the road from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The visitor shuttle system traveling the Going-to-the-Sun Road will operate July 1 through Labor Day. For more information about the shuttle system please visit http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/shuttles.htm.

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

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