Spring Storm Delays West Side Sun Road Opening
Contact: Melissa Wilson, 406-888-7895
WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Officials at Glacier National Park report that there will be a delay in opening the final section (Avalanche to Logan Pass) of the Going-to-the-Sun Road (Sun Road) due to last night’s storm which caused extensive debris to accumulate on the Road’s west side. As many as 10 washouts (water, rock, or mud) occurred on the road, including at Logan Creek, Logan Pit, the Weeping Wall, and at Lower Haystack. These washouts were caused by slides or clogged culverts.
Prior to the storm, road crews had been completing final road preparations and officials expected that the entire 50-mile Sun Road would be open for this weekend. With the present road conditions, and the forecast for additional rain, no projection can be made for opening this final section. More information on the opening will be provided, as it becomes available.
Visitors can still access Logan Pass from the park’s east side, traveling 18.5 miles from St. Mary.
Photographs of the debris will soon be posted as a new link to the recent photo page at: http://www.nps.gov/glac/gallery/recent06.htm.
Current road conditions are available on the park’s Web site at: http://www.nps.gov/applications/glac/roadstatus/roadstatus.cfm. Conditions are also available by calling 511, the Montana Department of Transportation Traveler Information System. If your phone does not support 511, call 1-800-226-7623. Both numbers are toll-free. Select “Glacier Park Tourist Information” from the main menu to hear Glacier’s road report.
For further information on the Sun Road and Glacier National Park, visit the park’s Web site at www.nps.gov/glac or call 406-888-7800.
Did You Know?
Grizzly bears in the park have a wide variety of food sources, including glacier lily bulbs, insects, and berries. They may also make an early season meal of mountain goats that were swept down in avalanches over the winter.