Glacier Park starts spring plowing next week
Standing on the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park Sunday on a chilly foggy morning.
Editor | March 25, 2020 6:23 AM
Glacier National Park plow crews will hit the roads starting next week, park officials confirmed via email.
Crews will start work on April 1 on the Camas Road and then on the west side of the Going-to-the Sun Road April 6.
The Hudson Bay crew will start on the Many Glacier Road on April 1. That will take about a week to plow out, Jim Foster, chief of facilities management noted.
Unlike past years, however, the Many Glacier Road will remain closed as crews will begin construction work from Babb into the Many Glacier Valley.
There will be no public access, including hiker-biker access, on the Many Glacier Road until May 17. Even then, motorists should expect delays and limited parking in the valley during this summer and next.
Typically the east side crew plows out Many Glacier, then Chief Mountain Road and then the Two Medicine Road. Once those roads are plowed, it then transitions to the east side of the Sun Road.
When crews are plowing roads, they’re closed to hikers and bikers, but the Park usually opens them on weekends and after hours when plows aren’t working.
It typically takes about three months to clear the Sun Road of snow up and over Logan Pass. This year, due to pavement and other construction work on the road, the earliest it will fully open to vehicle traffic is June 22.