Glacier National Park transitions into spring operations

Missoulian Staff

Despite persistent wintry weather, Glacier National Park is gearing up for spring and summer operations.

“While full park operations are still a couple of months off, visitors will see increasing recreational opportunities throughout the months of April and May,” Park spokeswoman Gina Kerzman announced in a press release.

This spring, the park is implementing hiker/biker closures around avalanche zones and hazardous trail conditions.

A road crew hiker/biker closure will be in place Monday through Thursday on Going-to-the-Sun Road where plow crews are currently working to clear the road. Starting Thursdays, a hiker/biker avalanche hazard area closure will be put into place when road crews are done with their work.

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Park visitors will not be allowed to pass the closure signage. Visitors who disobey the closure could face a fine up to $5,000 and six months in jail.

This season, the park is managing the Grinnell Glacier Trail like the Highline Trail, closing both trails during early spring due to snow coverage on steep sections immediately above cliffs. These trails will open once exposed areas are melted out, the press release said.

The park’s free spring hiker/biker shuttle returns this

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