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Going-to-the-Sun Road: West Glacier to Saint Mary [CLOSED]

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Glacier National Park

Going-to-the-Sun Road: West Glacier to Saint Mary [CLOSED] is a 49 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near West Glacier, Montana that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for scenic driving and is best used from May until November.

Length 49.0 mi Elevation gain 5,603 ft Route type Point to Point

Kid friendly

Scenic driving

Forest

Lake

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Closed

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Getting There

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. Note: As of September 2019, This road is currently close for maintenance. Please check with the park page before attempting. 406-888-7800 Going-to-the-Sun Road in Montana's Glacier National Park spans 50 miles through the park's wild interior, winding around mountainsides and treating visitors to some of the best sights in northwest Montana and the whole US. Open Season Portions of Going-to-the-Sun Road remain open all year and provide access to many locations and activities. The opening of the alpine portion varies, based on snowfall and plowing progress. There is no set date for the road to open. Typically the road has been fully open in late June or early July. Closing portions of Going-to-the-Sun Road is also weather dependent. Typically the road is fully open until the third Monday of October (for 2018 that will be October 15th), but that can change due to weather conditions at any point.

Ample parking along the route, with major parking near Lake McDonald, Logan's Pass VC, and St. Mary VC. Also camping, lodging, etc. Detailed info here: http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/hours.htm http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/reservations.htm

Going to the Sun detailed FAQs: http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/gttsrfaq.htm Construction: http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/gtsrtop10.htm Glacier National Park Park Headquarters PO Box 128 West Glacier, MT 59936 Visitor Information (406) 888-7800

Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park is in the northwest corner of Montana along the spine of the Rocky Mountains. West Entrance Near Kalispell, Whitefish, and Columbia Falls, the West Entrance accesses the Lake McDonald area, Park Headquarters, the Apgar Visitor Center and the west entry point to the Going-to-the-Sun-Road. From Kalispell, take Highway 2 north to West Glacier (approximately 33 miles).

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Heidi Heisterkamp
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Douglas Sears
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Scenic driving

stunning scenery and plenty of opportunities to stop, when the urge strikes. You SHOULD stop, anyway, and just soak in the beauty of the nature before you.

Phill Diloné
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This road is currently close for maintenance. It started 9/15/19. I would suggest calling ahead to hear the recording with the latest updates. 406-888-7800. I came from the west and was trying to save time. I still got a hike in but it was a let down.

Deb Monastra
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Aviva Vincent
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Hiking

Stunning views! If you have a car option, take the one with 4 wheel drive if you’re going across the park. There’s some construction that our little car wasn’t thrilled with. Driver must be brave. Take advantage of the pull off view points!

Maria Ribeiro
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Hiking

Must do but not the best views in the park can be seen there. Edit: It improves incredibly on a sunny day!

Frolicking Flamingo
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Hiking

Good

Stef O
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Wonderful road! Started early afternoon from West Glacier and stopped several times. It was the scenic route to get to the other side. Logan Pass was a good stopping point for information and restroom. Im not sure how you can go to Glacier without doing this drive!!

DeWayne Hansen
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Scenic driving

I was lucky the second day, the clouds cleared off. The first day it was all cloudy, making hard to drive over the top. Was a great view the second day. Lots of waterfalls.

Gregory Baskwell
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Hiking

We took this road for about 1.5hrs, beginning at St. Mary and ending at Lake McDonald. The views are incredible. You can make a whole day trip out of pulling over every couple miles to take pictures.

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nayyef Hrebid
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Hiking

very beautiful. I enjoy every moment drive in it

Paige Palmer
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Scenic driving

Absolutely gorgeous!!

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Dane Gainey
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Scenic driving

Amazing

Robert Davison
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Hiking

the road of a lifetime

Travis Bonnett
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Hiking

Took a shuttle to the top and St Mary's East side. Total time from St Mary's side to Apgar visitors center is 2 hours 15 minutes via Shuttle. Highly advised to take it if you want to spend time taking pictures of the mountains and glaciers.

Jack Ma
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Must do when at GNP. Make sure you allocate extra 2 to 3 hours to stop at each tourist point to take some pictures

William Schultz
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Hiking

The Mainland America “Road to Hana”. Get here super super early as the RV’s like to take their time, but who wouldn’t with the epic views! Note: They’re closing this road for a few weeks in September to finalize preservation of this wonderful road.

Kelli Chamberlain
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Hiking

Beautiful and so worth it. There are plenty of places to stop and take it the sights.

Steve Olson
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Scenic driving

One of the top 3 most beautiful drives I have EVER done, alongside with the Icefields Parkway in Banff/Jasper National Park and the Glacier Point road in Yosemite National Park. This drive is a must do!!! Gets busy on weekends and afternoons though so I would recommend early mornings for optimal experience!!

Joe Themig
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Hiking

Toughest bike trail I've ever done, from Avalanche Lake trailhead to Logan's Pass. But there are plenty of places to stop and rest and the views are second to none.

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Stone Conroy
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Hiking

Biked this one—beautiful ride

Eva Davidson
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walked a good few miles on the road, as it was still closed to cars. Beautiful scenery, can't wait to go back in the summer when the road is open and I can bring a mountain bike!

John Eric Christensen
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Still one of my favorites of all time!

Chadd Jones
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Scenic driving

EPIC view! You have to check it out if visiting.

Kayla Goodsell
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My dog and I walk/run the Going-to-the-Sun Road once it's the off-season and it's perfect. It's beautiful and quiet and very few cars go by. Once the roads are closed to traffic dogs are not allowed on them though. When it's completely covered in snow it's a great place to Snowshoe or cross-country ski.

Robert Shields
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Road biking

Fantastic Bike Ride.

Emma Davis
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Whether you’re biking the road in May, driving it in the crowds of July, or enjoying the quiet after 10pm, this road is unbelievable.

Juliana Fava
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Scenic driving

Amazing

Kayleigh O’Mahony
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Scenic driving

Stayed in St. Marys, drove through multiple times, but also got to do the red bus tour (which I highly recommend). Such a beautiful place to experience.

Brooklyn K.
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Scenic driving

SO BEAUTIFUL! Pictures doesn’t serve the scenery justice.

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