Storm Damage Closes Trails in Glacier Park

By Beacon Staff

Various trails, structures and roads in Glacier National Park are under repair after a heavy storm caused minor damages last week, the National Park Service announced Tuesday.

The popular boardwalk section of the Trail of the Cedars near Avalanche Creek is currently closed while park crews continue repairing the damage, according to the NPS. Park officials also reported numerous downed trees on the Apgar Lookout Trail, Flattop Mountain Trail, Granite Park Trail near the Loop and the Harrison Creek Trail.

Crews are clearing debris and downed trees throughout the park as weather permits and visitors are urged to take safety precautions. Visit here for current trail statuses.

Inclement weather including rain, lightning, and wind hit the west side of Glacier Park on Aug. 29.

The Red Rocks Overlook on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, currently closed to the public for construction activity, received damage from a falling tree which impacted a wooden deck and handrail. Repairs to the overlook are being completed, according to park officials. The roof of a park-owned structure near Lake McDonald Lodge was also damaged by trees.

Tree and rock debris was found on sections of the Sun Road after the storm passed Thursday evening. Glacier road crews and members of the road rehabilitation contractor, HK Contractors, Inc., began road clearing efforts Aug. 30 and the road is currently free of debris. Road debris did not cause any significant damage, according to park officials.

Several vehicles near campgrounds and trailheads sustained damaged from falling tree debris. No injuries were reported due to weather damage.

Visitors are encouraged to report any additional damage found in the park by calling 406-888-7800. For more information on current conditions in Glacier Park visit visit here.

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