The Frustrations of Spring

Glacier National Park is more than Going-to-the-Sun Road, but the progress of the plowing of the road is a good indicator as to how much of the Park is accessible to hiking. At the end of most Aprils, the indicator usually feels pretty depressing. Most of the roads are closed and snow still has its icy grip in the mountains.

In the neighboring Flathead Valley where I live, Spring is here which means that one minute, it thinks it’s summer and the other, winter is back. On the way to work this morning, I went through a heavy rain storm, then into the warm sunshine where I came across two Sandhill Cranes gleaning in a nearby field.

Sandhill Cranes

Shortly after, while at work, I looked outside to it snowing. Ahhh schizophrenic Spring.


Despite the traditional slow going, the Harlequins and Loons are starting to come back, the bears are starting to move around and flowers are just starting to poke their head up. Soon I’ll be out much more and you’ll see much more of Glacier National Park!

In the meantime, keep an eye out on the Road Status page and the Plowing Status page from the official Glacier National Park page as well as the Webcams page to watch the snow disappear!

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