Glacier Park Plows Clearing Logan Pass

NPS officials say they hope to open the Sun Road to Logan Pass by mid-June

By Beacon Staff
An excavator clears snow near the east tunnel along Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. Courtesy National Park Service

The plow crews are busy clearing the way for summer in Glacier National Park.

Last week the crews pioneered the Big Drift and began to clear the Logan Pass Visitor Center parking lot. The National Park Service is also clearing debris along lower sections of Going-to-the-Sun Road in preparation for summer and the agency’s centennial celebration.

NPS officials say they hope to open the Sun Road to Logan Pass by mid-June.

Glacier Country Tourism is hosting a community celebration on May 18 from 5-7 p.m. at the Glacier Outdoor Center in West Glacier. Special guests will include Montana’s Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney, Glacier National Park Superintendent Jeff Mow and Expedia’s Head of Global Corporate Citizenship Katherine Cheng.

Currently 29 miles of the Sun Road are open for travel. Visitors can drive 15.5 miles from the West Entrance to Avalanche, an 13.5 miles from the St. Mary Entrance to Jackson Glacier Overlook.

On the west side, the hiker/biker closure is located at the Loop, approximately 8 miles past Avalanche Creek, while the road crew is working. The section of road between Avalanche and the Loop is also posted due to bear frequenting.

The hiker/biker closure on the east side is located at Siyeh Bend, approximately 2 miles past the vehicle closure, while the road crew is working.

The Inside North Fork Road is currently closed at Logging Creek RS and Fish Creek due to the weather. The southern end of the road is now open to Camas Creek, approximately 6.5 miles north of the Fish Creek junction.

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