Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Glacier Trail Status Updates

Now that the Going-to-the-Sun Road is open, many people are beginning to visit Glacier National Park. And, with the 4th of July holiday just around the corner, hikers will be seeking to hit the trail as well.

The following is a round-up of the current status for some of the more popular trails in the park. Unfortunately, with the heavy amounts of spring snow, many of the trails in the high country are still a couple of weeks away from opening:

As of 6/24, the Swiftcurrent Lake Nature Trail in Many Glacier is now clear of snow and downed trees.

6/22/12: The trail to the Grinnell Glacier Overlook is snow free for the first 1.5 miles, however, travel beyond is not recommended due to steep hazardous snow crossings.

The Highline Trail from Logan Pass to Granite Park Chalet is scheduled for initial clearing on 7/5/12.

6/22/12: The Hidden Lake Trail is still 100% snow covered, but the trail is marked with yellow stakes to the Overlook. You should expect steep slippery snow at the moraine near Hidden Pass.

The Piegan Pass Trail from Siyeh Bend, is scheduled for initial clearing in July.

6/23/12: The trail to Sperry Chalet still has 30% snow cover. As of 6/12, the trail was cleared to the top of the switchbacks approximately 1 mile below the Chalet. There was 100% snow cover over the last mile.

The trail from No Name Lake Junction to Dawson Pass is scheduled for initial clearing of downfall in July.

The trail from the South Shore Trail Junction to Cobalt Lake is scheduled for initial clearing of downfall in July.

The trail from Old Man Lake Junction to Pitamakin Pass is scheduled for initial clearing of downfall in August.

6/22/12: The trail to Scenic Point is free of snow until reaching the high point of trail, where a snow hazard exists.

Many of the trails listed above are at the higher elevations in the park. However, many trails at lower elevations are already open. For the latest updates on all trails in the park, please click here.

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