Going to the Sun Road – Glacier National Park
Yesterday we had breakfast at Montana Coffee Traders, a great spot we remembered from our last trip to Glacier. I had the “Big Sky”…black beans, scrambled eggs, bacon, avocado over grilled potatoes with salsa on the side.
Then we drove to West Glacier to start the drive up the famous road, first opened in 1932….. an amazing engineering feat for that time. The road is almost 50 miles long from where it begins at Lake McDonald over Logan Pass and back down to St. Mary on the east side. There is a tunnel on each side, the long one is 492 feet long. The most spectacular section is the last 11 miles up a constant 6% grade to Logan Pass….here we go…
Ronnie is bracing herself…the precipitous drop off on the passenger side going up is pretty unnerving.
Logan Pass was in this cloud which seemed to be flowing down the side of the mountain
Ronnie did not exit the car…she stayed slouched in the front seat the whole time
The park was very crowded. We were here for 9 days in 2012 and it was never like this. We went back today and I took some more photos…will post them next… the park was so crowded we could not get a space in the parking lot at Logan Pass which was disappointing. I heard one person say he had been driving around the lot for 30 minutes hoping a space would open up.
However, this drive up Going to the Sun Road is truly one of the greatest drives in America. The scenery is stunning. Unfortunately Ronnie can’t watch it.
The road was completely rebuilt over a 10 year period a few years ago…we were here when they were finishing the rebuild.