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‘Mass Visitation and Mountain Goats’

Mountain Goat
Mountain Goat

An interesting brown-bag luncheon presentation on mountain goats at Glacier Park . . .

The Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center at Glacier National Park is hosting a brown-bag luncheon presentation by graduate student, Wesley Sarmento. The free presentation, “Mass Visitation and Mountain Goats: Ecology and Management of an Alpine Icon,” is Wednesday, August 12, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the park’s community building in West Glacier.

Wildlife habituation at Logan Pass is a priority concern in the new Going-to-the-Sun Road Corridor Management Plan. Sarmento will talk about his research project tracking habituated goats to understand how people influence mountain goat behavior and ecology.

Sarmento has studied wildlife professionally for over seven years and is currently a Master’s student at the University of Montana. As a National Geographic “Young Explorer” he conducted conservation research of the world’s largest wild sheep in Mongolia. His has also conducted wildlife research in Northern Alaska and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

The Glacier National Park Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center hosts brown-bag lectures throughout the year. Visit http://www.crownscience.org/getinvolved/outreach/brownbag for more information.

Logan Pass open from west side; more good progress on Reynolds Creek Fire

As progress continues against the Reynolds Creek fire, Logan Pass re-opens for access from the west side of the park . . .

Access to Logan Pass is available to Glacier National Park visitors for the first time since the Reynolds Creek Fire sparked July 22, and as fire crews continue to gain ground on the blaze and shore up its northeast edge, officials have listed the fire at 56 percent contained.

The Going-to-the-Sun Road remains closed on the east side from just beyond the St. Mary Campground to Logan Pass, but beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday visitors could once again travel to the iconic corridor’s high point from the west side.

Visitors should expect delays and congestion along the road.

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See also: ‘By no means is all this black’: Popular Glacier landmarks relatively unscathed by fire

East side access to Logan Pass restricted starting September 22

Going -to-the-Sun Road construction will pretty much close off access to locations past St. May Campground up to Logan Pass beginning Monday, September 22. Access to Logan Pass from the west side is scheduled to remain open until October 20, weather permitting. Here’s the press release . . .

The last day to access Logan Pass by vehicle from the east side of Glacier National Park will be Sunday, September 22, allowing accelerated fall season rehabilitation on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Vehicle traffic will be restricted on the east side near the St. Mary Campground beginning Monday, September 23. Vehicle access to Logan Pass will be available from the west side of the park through Sunday, October 20, weather permitting.

Fall access to east-side hiking trails between Rising Sun and Logan Pass will be limited during road rehabilitation activity beginning Monday, September 23. Hikers wanting to hike any of the trails that are accessed, or may be an exit point, along the east side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road, are highly encouraged to contact the park at 888-7800 before departing. The trails that are affected include Siyeh Pass, Piegan Pass, Otokomi, St. Mary Falls/Barring Falls/Virginia Falls, Gunsight, Sperry, and Red Eagle Trails. For more information on status of trails and access, please contact the park or visit http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/trailstatusreports.htm.

Access to some backcountry campsites on the east side of the park will also be affected. All backcountry campers are required to have a permit from the park’s backcountry office for overnight stays. All backcountry permits must be obtained from the Apgar Permit Center at this time of the year. For more information on backcountry camping and trail access, please contact the park at 888-7800 or visit http://www.nps.gov/glac.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their own drinking water as drinking water availability throughout the park will be limited during this time of year. Drinking water is not available at Logan Pass, but restroom facilities (new vault toilet) are. For more information contact the park at 406-888-7800.

Three-year Logan Pass mountain goat study begins

Glacier National Park has begun a three-year study of the interactions between mountain goats and people in the Logan Pass area . . .

Glacier National Park, in partnership with the University of Montana, has begun a three-year research study on how mountain goats are affected by roads, people and trails in the Logan Pass area. Currently, six mountain goats have been successfully collared by National Park Service staff, University of Montana researchers, and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks personnel with GPS or VHF radio devices. Collaring efforts will continue through the fall as weather permits. It is anticipated approximately 20-25 goats will be collared of the estimated 1,500 goats in the park.

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Glacier Park funding study on interactions between mountain goats and humans

Some areas of Glacier Park are getting awfully crowded in the summer and park personnel are trying to figure out what to do about it. One part of this process is a study of the mountain goats in the Logan Pass area . . .

Glacier National Park hopes to radio-collar about 20 mountain goats at Logan Pass this year as part of a research project designed to study the iconic animal’s interaction with people…

The Logan Pass goat study is part of a broader look at the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor and how best to manage it. Beginning this month, the Park will begin an intensive round of public meetings across Northwest Montana to gauge public opinion on how best to manage the alpine highway and the crowds of visitors it draws…

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Logan Pass opening worth the wait

From today’s Daily Inter Lake . . .

Larry Leger and Sharon Knight, of Louisiana, came up Glacier National Park on a tour of the West. With the Going-to-the-Sun Road closed over Logan Pass at the time, they decided to extend their stay, traveling to Canada and then Yellowstone National Park.

“We delayed our departure by three days,” Leger said. “It was worth it. This is impressive.”

Leger was standing next to the Big Drift on the Going-to-the-Sun Road when it opened to vehicles July 13. A hundred feet of snow towered behind him.

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Logan Pass open; Sun Road open; check the trail status

From today’s Daily Inter Lake . . .

The Going-to-the-Sun Road opened Wednesday at 7:41 a.m., and the entire 50-mile length of the road is now open to vehicle and bicycle traffic for the summer.

“The opening of the Sun Road was extremely tough this year. We appreciate the hard work of our road crew, employees and the patience of the public,” said Park Superintendent Chas Cartwright.

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Logan Pass should still open Wednesday

Glacier Park is still playing their cards close to the vest in the opening of Going-to-the-Sun Road through Logan Pass, but the predicted opening sometime Wednesday seems likely.

From the Daily Inter Lake . . .

Glacier National Park is still on track to open Going-to-the-Sun Road over Logan Pass sometime on Wednesday.

Park officials have not yet announced exactly what time the road will open. Those planning to travel the road should check the park website, www.nps.gov/glac, or call the road report at 888-7800, then press 2.

It will be the latest Sun Road opening ever.

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Logan Pass and Going-to-the-Sun Road will not open until Wednesday, July 13!

Great Scott! They’re not opening Logan Pass until July 13th. Aside from the inaugural opening on July 15, 1933, which doesn’t really count, this is the latest opening ever.

Here’s the meat of the Glacier Park press release . . .

Glacier National Park officials announced today that the entire 50 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road is anticipated to be available for vehicle traffic on Wednesday, July 13th. Opening the upper section of the Going-to-the-Sun Road is always a challenge, but this year was compounded by extremely heavy winter snows and unseasonably cool spring weather. Snow continued to fall at high elevations well into June. A flyover of the Big Drift, on June 4th, revealed a snowpack that looked more like April than June. On July 6th the Superintendent and Chief of Facility Management visited Logan Pass and stood on The Big Drift roughly 30 feet above asphalt. This amount of snow at this time of year is unprecedented.

“Plowing this road is a dangerous job and the safety of our staff is of paramount concern. We are very proud of the hard work the road crew performed this year” said Superintendent Chas Cartwright.

Visitors will discover a snow-covered landscape at Logan Pass. All of the trails in the area are still covered with many feet of snow. Visitors should exercise caution when hiking on snow and be aware of unseen holes and snow bridges that exist. The Highline Trail remains closed at this time and there is no current projection of an opening date.

Access to Logan Pass will also allow contractors to resume work on new restroom facilities. Areas around the construction will be closed to public entry. Portable toilets will be available but there will be no potable drinking water at Logan Pass. Staff will be on duty to assist visitors and to direct people to areas open for recreation.

Road rehabilitation work on lower sections of the Going-to-the-Sun Road will create some short traffic delays. From 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., travelers should expect delays of up to 20 minutes at each construction site, for a total of no more than a 40 minute delay between Big Bend and Siyeh Bend.

On the west side of the park, a night closure will be in effect Monday evening through Friday morning, between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., from The Loop to Logan Pass. There will be a 15-20 minute window for passage through the construction at 2:00 a.m., allowing travel to and from Logan Pass. There are no night closures east of Logan Pass.

With the opening of the entire length of the Going-to-the-Sun Road, the park’s free shuttle system will expand service to Logan. The shuttle system stops in 16 different areas along the Going-to-the-Sun Road and runs from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Shuttle passengers should catch the bus at either the St. Mary Visitor Center or the Apgar Transit Center as parking is extremely limited at Logan Pass, Avalanche Creek and Sunrift Gorge.

For current information on park roads and weather conditions, and visitor services throughout the park, visit Glacier’s website www.nps.gov/glac, dial 511 anywhere in Montana (select option 5) or call park headquarters at 406-888-7800.

Almost there: Glacier Park plowing crews reach Logan Pass

From today’s Hungry Horse News . . .

Glacier National Park’s Logan Pass is still socked in with snow, and this year will mark one of the latest openings of the entire length of the Going-to-the-Sun Road ever.

Plow crews have reached Logan Pass, but they still have to punch through the Big Drift and clear the Logan Pass parking lot before the job is done. Breaking through the Big Drift on the east side of the pass can take a few days, and crews did not work July 4.

The latest opening of the road ever was July 15, 1933, when the road was first completed. With the exception of July 10, 1943, during World War II, the latest opening was July 2 in 2008.

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