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Going To The Sun Road

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Here at Glacier National Park, the infamous Going To The Sun Road remains closed.

Crews have recently finished plowing huge amounts of winter snow, but many road surface and guardrail repairs remain to be completed before opening the pass to automobile traffic.

During this road closure period, park visitors are allowed access to bike or walk the famous alpine highway.  Yesterday afternoon Kelly and I laced our sneakers, grabbed the binoculars, and set off for a walk to Logan Pass in hopes of spotting Big Horn Sheep or Mountain Goats high on a ridge.  If we were lucky, maybe we would see a few bears in one of many valley meadows far below.

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We didn’t see any animal activity off in the distance, but you’ll understand our surprise to round a bend and effectively walk into a pack of sheep quietly grazing at the side of the road.

If you have never been to Glacier, it must be added to your list.  This place is simply magnificent.

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  1. How lucky you are to be able to go up that road without cars! Thanks for the post on this. Where are you camped right now? We haven’t been there (yet) so we are not sure what is open or appealing this time of year. Also, how are the mosquitoes?

    June 22, 2018
    • Yes, it really was neat to walk the road. Moreover, because we did so on a weekday, we were effectviely by ourselves; I was (perhaps foolishly) surprised how few people there were joining us.

      We’ve been based at the St Mary campground on the east side of the park this trip and it seems all campgrounds are open as are trails. That said, many of the higher and/or heavily shaded trails remains under snow, but are open. We also encountered many water crossings which will surely recede at some point, re-exposing the trails/bridges once the spring melt passes.

      Finally, the mosquitoes are out in full force.

      Hope you find time to visit – I’m sure you will love it.

      June 23, 2018
  2. Good to know all that — thanks. I figured the mosquitoes would be bad because the hogher the elevation, the more they seem to speed-hatch on the edge of snowmelt. You guys are braver than we are — maybe THAT’S why no one else was there! But it’s also because of the phenomenon my husband sums up in this homemade mathematical formula: “in the outdoors, the density of people decreases by the inverse of the square of the distance
    from the trailhead, and the cube of the elevation.”. LOL.

    June 23, 2018

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