Glacier begins to open as road work continues

Joshua Murdock

Glacier National Park is waking up from a long winter, with more roads accessible, more facilities open and more services offered for springtime. 

Glacier National Park spokesperson Gina Kerzman announced Friday that the west side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road opened Friday morning to Lake McDonald Lodge for vehicles and other road users, after being closed during the winter for construction. The east side of the road is open as far as Rising Sun, about 6 miles southwest of St. Mary. 

Snow removal on the road began in early April, Kerzman wrote in Friday’s announcement. The road is generally open over Logan Pass by late June or early July. Hikers and cyclists can travel up the east and west sides of the road until they reach posted closures. Avalanches are a possibility along the road. 

Other park roads have opened too, including Many Glacier, Camas, Quarter Circle Bridge, Two Medicine and Chief Mountain. But the Chief Mountain border crossing between the U.S. and Canada is closed until May 15. 

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