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Big weekend crowds expected at Going to the Sun Road

Posted at 3:28 PM, Jun 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-14 17:28:37-04

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK – Significant congestion is expected this weekend in the Lake McDonald Lodge and Avalanche area as hikers and bikers descend on the Going to the Sun Road.

Lauren Alley with Glacier National Park says visitation typically increases the further we get into June, and that parking lots were reportedly full near Going to the Sun Road with slow-moving traffic.

The scenic road was temporarily closed last week at the foot of Lake McDonald due to gridlock.

With warm weather in the forecast, traffic is expected increase even further this weekend, and visitors may end up running into traffic control if congestion becomes extreme.

Bowman Lake parking lot has also filled frequently this week, and traffic has been restricted to the North Fork areas of the park at times to prevent gridlock.

Visitorsare being asked to plan ahead and have a backup itinerary if they encounter a full parking lot. People can check the park’s Recreation Access Display at for current conditions.

Many areas in the park are currently posted for bear frequenting. Visitors should carry bear spray and plan for the unexpected including rain, lightning storms, crowding and other events.