Limited shuttle service on the west side of Glacier National Park began today, June 26, providing visitor access to The Loop area of the Going-to-the-Sun Road. East-side shuttle service is not anticipated to begin until the entire length of the road is open to vehicle traffic.
Shuttle service is free and will be available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. Shuttles will depart from the Apgar Visitor Center and travel directly to The Loop, with service available approximately every 20 minutes. Beginning July 1, additional shuttle stops between the Apgar Visitor Center and The Loop are anticipated to be available. More information about the park’s shuttle service is available athttp://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/shuttles.htm.
The west-side vehicle closure on the Going-to-the-Sun Road remains at Avalanche. Visitors can drive 15.5 miles from the West Entrance to Avalanche. On the east side of the park, visitors can drive 13.5 miles from St. Mary to Jackson Glacier Overlook. Hiker-biker access is available from Avalanche to Bird Woman Overlook while road crews are working. There is no hiker-biker access past Jackson Glacier Overlook on the east side of the park. For current hiker-biker access restrictions and status of roads within the park please visit http://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/roadstatus/roadstatus.cfm.
Glacier National Park snow plowing crews continue to clear the Going-to-the-Sun Road after last week’s storm brought heavy rain and snow. Crews have been working overtime to re-plow sections of the road that were once free of snow. Currently, road crews are working near the Big Drift and once the snow is removed from that area, a thick layer of ice on the road is anticipated. Park employees will begin snow removal work at the Logan Pass Visitor Center this weekend, hand-shoveling snow near sidewalks and facilities. Additional work to be completed includes installation of guard rail, clearing the road of rock and wood debris from last week’s storm, and preparing for the opening of visitor facilities including restrooms.
Visitors are reminded to be prepared for changing weather conditions throughout the park and use caution around water and snow. Hikers and bikers on the Going-to-the-Sun Road should always be aware of possible falling snow or rock debris. Many trails in the park are still snow-covered, especially in the higher elevations. Exercise caution when walking on snow and be alert of possible collapsible snow and steep slide areas. Current status of trails within the park is available athttp://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/trailstatusreports.htm.
For additional questions about Glacier National Park, visit http://www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm or call 406-888-7800.