Glacier Park 2018: What’s Open and What’s Closed

Despite a massive fire on the west side of Glacier Park, there’s still plenty to see in the Crown of the Continent

By Justin Franz

Fire is a fact of life in Glacier National Park. On Aug. 11, a lightning storm sparked three small fires on the park’s west side. The following evening, a windstorm took the Howe Ridge Fire from a 5-acre fire to a massive inferno, forcing closures and evacuations.

Despite the closure on the west side, there’s still plenty to see in the Crown of the Continent. Here’s your guide to what’s open and closed in Glacier Park.

Be sure to visit this page throughout the summer for the latest on the park and visit FlatheadBeacon.com for the latest wildfire news.

Open

As of Sept. 17, the following areas, roads and trails are open

The Going-to-the-Sun Road from Apgar to St. Mary (No stopping between Lake McDonald and Avalanche)

Lake McDonald Lodge area (Lodge and other accommodations remain closed)

Many Glacier

Two Medicine

Apgar

Polebridge

Bowman Lake

Kintla Lake (Evacuation warning issued Aug. 19 from Bowman Lake Road to Kintla Lake)

St. Mary

Waterton Lakes National Park (Evacuation order lifted Aug. 27)

Avalanche Lake Trail

Granite Park Trail

Mt. Brown Trail

Sperry Trail

Closed

As of Sept. 17, the following areas, roads and trails are closed

Inside North Fork Road

Kelly’s Camp

Fish Creek Campground

Howe Lake Trail

Lincoln Lake Trail

Trout Lake Trail

Akokala Creek Trail

Numa Lookout Trail

Waterton River Backcountry Campground

Waterton Lake Trail

North Boundary Trail

For more information, visit https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/trailstatusreports.htm

 

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