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West Side of Going-to-the-Sun reopens to private vehicles

Posted at 5:14 PM, Sep 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-17 23:58:15-04
The west side of Going-to-the-Sun Road has was closed by the Howe Ridge fire on Aug. 12. (MTN News file photo)

WEST GLACIER – There’s some good news for folks planning to visit Glacier National Park.

The Going-to-the-Sun Road has reopened to private vehicle travel between Apgar and Logan Pass after being closed by the Howe Ridge fire broke out on Aug. 12.

The west side of the road was closed when the blaze grew significantly, burning structures and threatening the road corridor.

Park officials note that drivers will not be able to stop along the road between Lake McDonald Lodge and the Avalanche Creek developed area.

Avalanche is open for day use recreation, including day use areas, restrooms, the Trail of the Cedars, and the Avalanche Lake Trail. Flattop Trail and The Loop Trail are also reopening.

Winter weather has begun in some areas of the park with some snow falling at Logan Pass. While most trails remain open, visitors should come prepared for changing conditions and pack extra layers in the event that they encounter cold conditions as they travel throughout the park.

Access to Logan Pass will close on or before Oct. 15 for the winter season, depending on weather conditions. Currently, Oct. 14 will be the last day to drive the entire length of the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

A culvert project near the Apgar area will temporarily close the at the foot of Lake McDonald from Oct. 15 until Oct. 19 before the road reopens to Avalanche, as is customary for the fall season.