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Contact: Margie Steigerwald, 406-888-5838
Contact: Tim Rains, 406-888-7895
Glacier National Park Media Release
May 27, 2016
Margie Steigerwald 406-888-5838
Tim Rains 406-888-7895
The Going-to-the-Sun Road is open for vehicles to Avalanche and Jackson Glacier Overlook
WEST GLACIER, MT –The Going-to-the-Sun Road is open to vehicles as far as the Avalanche picnic area on the west side, and Jackson Glacier Overlook on the east side of the park Memorial Day weekend hikers and bikers may travel as far as conditions allow.Visitors are encouraged to exercise caution when hiking/ biking the Going-to-the-Sun road and be prepared for wintery conditions, including avalanche danger heading past Bird Woman Falls Overlook on the east side and Siyeh Bend on the west side of the park.
The recent storm poured four inches of rain on the west side of the park in 72 hours and dumped a foot of the snow on portions of the road and three feet of snow on the Garden Wall.There were several new avalanches from Big Bend to Oberlin Bend.
Today on the west side, road crews resumed operations and began removing debris and snow from the recent storm. Road crews on the east side worked on both sides of the East Tunnel and removed large boulders, rocks, and other debris as well as deep snow.
Hiker/bikers on the west side are encouraged to use the free hiker/biker shuttle that can be accessed at Lake McDonald Lodge. The shuttle runs daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from the Lake McDonald Lodge to Avalanche. The shuttle trailer can accommodate up to sixteen bikes.
On the west side of the park, Sprague Creek, Apgar, Bowman Lake, and Kintla Lake Campgrounds are open. On the east side of the park Two Medicine, Many Glacier, and St. Mary Campgrounds are open. Sites at all of these campgrounds are available on a first-come-first-served basis for the holiday weekend.
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