Road Crews Tackle The Big Drift in Glacier National Park (80ft Snowdrifts)


“This spot collects drifted snow that is blown across the Continental Divide by prevailing winds, and it can reach up to 80 feet deep!”

Road crews are continuing to clear snow and debris from the upper reaches of Glacier National Park’s iconic Going-to-the-Sun Road. KPAX reports work is continuing at the higher elevations in the park with crews working at the Big Drift, which is on the east side of Logan Pass. Since it can take weeks to clear the snow from the area, there’s still no official word on when the entirety of Going-to-the-Sun Road will be open. Hikers and bikers can still access Logan Pass from the west side of the park when the crews are not working. Park officials advise visitors planning hikes in the park should be aware that many higher-elevation trails also have substnatial snow on them and should plan accordingly.

Check trail status reports on the park’s website HERE. Road status updates from Glacier National Park can be found HERE

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It may be feeling like summer at low elevations (and elsewhere in the country), but there’s still plenty of snow at higher elevations in the park. This video of the plow crew working to clear snow from the Going-to-the-Sun Road at the Big Drift, on the east side of Logan Pass, was shot yesterday (June 8th).

This spot collects drifted snow that is blown across the Continental Divide by prevailing winds, and it can reach up to 80 feet deep! This amount of snow can take weeks to clear, so while hikers and bikers can reach Logan Pass from the west side (while crews are not working), there is no projected date for the Going-to-the-Sun Road to open fully to vehicles.



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