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A 50-mile (80km) paved drive that traverses the middle of the park stretching and winding its way from West Glacier to St. Mary Lake. Following the route west to east, you briefly follow the eastern shore of Lake McDonald and, for a long stretch, pass through a rain forest. The road then begins to hasten its climb, at times seeming to barely cling to the sides of cliffs, then makes a tight switchback at a place called "The Loop" and soon arrives at Logan Pass, elevation 6,646 feet (2,026 meters). Notable among the many spectacular views, are the deep narrow valleys far below, the several "hanging valleys" above, and the Weeping Wall, so named for the icy rivulets sometimes dripping and sometimes cascading down it's side. From Logan Pass, the road descends into the east side of the park in a more gentle fashion to the shores of St. Mary Lake.
View of St. Mary Lake as seen from Going-to-the-Sun Road.
Road Conditions: Drive the complete route between spring snow-melt in June and new snows in October. Get current road reports from the Apgar Visitor Center near Lake McDonald.
Two sections of the Going-to-the-Sun road are open in winter. One is the 10-mile (16 km) section between West Glacier and the head of Lake McDonald. The other is the 6-mile (10 km) section from St. Mary to Rising Sun.
Vehicle Size Restrictions:
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The Photographer's Guide to Glacier National Park: Where to Find Perfect Shots and How to Take Them (The Photographer's Guide) by Gordon Sullivan. This experienced, world-class free-lance photographer shares his secrets and favorite little-known locales in this coffee table book that contains 96 color photographs of Glacier National Park. Order now...
Glacier National Park: Crown Jewel of the Continent by Will MacPheat. This book contains a collection of photographs of Glacier National Park featuring Lake McDonald, Avalanche Lake, Going to the Sun Highway, St. Mary's, Many Glacier and Two Medicine areas. Order now...
Insiders' Guide to Glacier National Park, 6th: Including the Flathead Valley & Waterton Lakes National Park by Michael McCoy. This book is the essential source for information to this outdoor paradise that offers diverse opportunities for fun and adventure. Written by a local, this guide offers a personal and practical perspective of Glacier and its surrounding environs. Order now...
Moon Spotlight Glacier National Park Camping by Becky Lomax. 115-page compact guide covering the region's best campsites. Each camp listing has at-a-glance icons that indicate nearby trails, swimming, fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, and hot springs. You'll also learn what campsites and trails allow dogs. Easy-to-follow maps and clear driving directions. Order now...
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