E-mail Story   Print Story
  Comments (0) Total Wednesday Apr. 23, 2014
 
Glacier Park Officials Now Anticipate Access to Logan Pass by Next Week
Plow crews hampered by recent snow on Going-to-the-Sun Road
Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. - File photo by Lido Vizzutti/Flathead Beacon
Glacier National Park officials are now expecting the Going-to-the-Sun Road to open to Logan Pass by the middle of next week, the park announced Tuesday.

Officials originally hoped Logan Pass would become accessible later this week, but the recent snow has hampered plow crews clearing the road. A storm last weekend dropped roughly 10 inches of snow, prompting additional slides on the road, according to the park. Since Memorial Day weekend, a minimum of 35 inches of snow has fallen at the higher elevations of the road.

Crews are currently plowing the Big Drift, a 25-30 feet section about one-fourth of a mile east of the Logan Pass Visitor Center. Crews are also removing snow and debris from recent snow slide activity, clearing snow along the road edges for two-lane travel and plowing the parking lot at the visitor center.

Glacier National Park Deputy Superintendent Kym Hall said crews are also installing guardrails along the historic road, which is time consuming but necessary. The rails are removed each fall due to avalanche activity that can destroy them during the winter.

Currently, 29 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are open to vehicle travel. Visitors can drive 15.5 miles from the West Entrance to Avalanche on the west side, and 13.5 miles from the St. Mary Entrance to Jackson Glacier Overlook on the east side.

Park officials anticipate that weekend hiker/biker access will be limited to Bird Woman Falls Overlook on the west side and Siyeh Bend on the east side. Hiker/biker access may change day-to-day dependent on snow removal and road rehabilitation work, according to the park. Visitors are encouraged to check the park website for updates. Hikers and bikers are being reminded to stay alert for construction hazards and avalanche danger.
 
No comments have been posted for this article.

 
Kellyn Brown
Kellyn Brown7m
@kellynbrown
@jfranz88 Thanks for ruining my birthday.
Dillon Tabish
Dillon Tabish1h
@djtabish
Grappling with Technology Demands, Kalispell Schools Seek Funding Boost http://t.co/cy4o52myFO
Molly Priddy
Molly Priddy2h
@mollypriddy
@mallelis I remember it thusly: king has a g, and a king reigns.
Tristan Scott
Tristan Scott4h
@tristanscott
Meet the law firm behind W.R. Grace and scores of other notable Montana cases. http://t.co/PXTGJGoYdH
Flathead Beacon
FB Headlines1h
@flatheadbeacon
Group Sues to Reclassify Montana Bear Population http://t.co/u7tdaYjJfc