Posted: Jun 20, 2012 7:22 AM by Laura Wilson - KAJ News
Updated: Jun 20, 2012 7:23 AM
LOGAN PASS- Rain, fog, and cool temperatures aren't usually conditions you want to encounter when you're spending the day outside, but thousands of people braved the weather Tuesday for the chance to be some of the first this season to explore the entire stretch of the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park.
All 50 miles of the famed road opened Tuesday which allowed access to Logan Pass for the first time this year and comes nearly a month earlier in the season than last year.
Logan Pass was expected to open this past Saturday at the very earliest, but that date was postponed after park crews encountered more than 35 inches of new snow from multiple spring storms over the past few weeks.
Park officials caution that snow, low visibility and cold weather are still present at higher elevations in the park. But we spoke with several tourists who told us the scenery they viewed was more than worth their visit to the park.
"We're really happy that we came and made the trip. We kind of tried to bounce around and miss the rain when we can. We got to go on a couple of really nice hikes on the east side of the park. We've gotten a little wet, but it was nothing we couldn't withstand," tourist Jeanne Byquist told us.
Although the road is open now, travelers using the west side of Going to the Sun road should be prepared by construction delays of up to 30 minutes as crews continue to work on improving the popular thoroughfare.
Click here to check out the latest road information for Glacier National Park.