Glacier National Park, Montana
The Great Road Trip of 2015
Coming in to West Glacier, the lingering morning storm obscured the peaks of Glacier National Park. Figuring a fire would be nice, I quickly grabbed a site at Apgar Campground for the night and excitedly went out in to the park with no plans. I just knew I had been looking forward to seeing Going-to-the-Sun Road, Logan Pass, and St Mary Lake.
Named for Going-to-the-Sun Mountain and completed in 1932, Going-to-the-Sun Road is a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark as well as a National Historic Landmark. Winding around the jagged mountainsides in Glacier National Park, it spans 50-miles and crosses over Logan Pass (6,646′) and the Continental Divide, the only route through the park. It’s an extremely narrow road, guardrail-less for much of it due to frequent avalanches. On Logan Pass, the road receives up to 80 feet of snow, with one area along the side of the road known as Big Drift, receiving up to 100 feet of snow.
As I drove the entirety of the road, the storm kept threatening to go away, but never quite cleared – the air was damp and a light drizzle and cold snow flurries were frequent. I drove back up the pass and after a quick hike to the popular Hidden Lake overlook, I posted up at a curve above Triple Arches and hoped for some sunset colors that weren’t-to-be.