WEST GLACIER – Old Man Winter is taking up residence at Logan Pass, with Glacier National Park managers deciding to close the popular Going-to-the-Sun Road for the season.
The scenic road over Logan Pass has been closed since an early season snowstorm hit the Glacier high country a week ago, leaving a foot or more of snow in its wake.
Originally, the park had planned to keep the Sun Road open into this coming weekend, giving people a last chance to enjoy fall in the park’s alpine zone on the popular drive.
But winter has kept its grip on the upper peaks, and even though there’s been some clearing at times, continued snow and low clouds have kept the peaks “locked down” most days. And on Tuesday afternoon, the park said Going-to-the-Sun will remain closed for the winter.
Park plow crews have been able to keep some of the roads open, like Many Glacier and the east side of the Sun Road, but more snow brought more closures Tuesday.
Crews are still hoping for a break in the weather so they can remove log railings on the road to keep them from being destroyed by avalanches this winter.
Some smaller roads and trails remain closed because of the smoldering Howe Ridge Fire.