Bike shuttle at Glacier Park

The growing tradition of early-season bicycling on Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road will get a boost with the launch of a new shuttle to transport bicycles and riders on May 7.
The shuttle service, established to ease traffic and parking congestion, will run about 5.5 miles between Lake McDonald Lodge and the vehicle closure at Avalanche Creek.
Along with new bike racks to be placed at popular trailheads in the park, the two new bike trailers were purchased with a $52,000 donation from the Glacier National Park Conservancy.
Speaking at a Whitefish Chamber of Commerce event Thursday, Glacier Superintendent Jeff Mow noted that biking the road during the shoulder seasons has seen a steady increase in popularity over the years.
Last month, the park teamed up with Glacier National Park Volunteer Associates to announce a volunteer bike patrol to provide assistance and information during the spring and fall.
Bikers and pedestrians can ride or walk Sun Road’s west side as far as Packers Roost — about 8 miles past the vehicle closure — when plow crews are working.
During evenings and on weekends, access is unrestricted up Sun Road.
As of Thursday evening, plows had cleared the road as far as the base of Rim Rock, where they reported snow depths of 45 feet. They had also begun “pioneering” the top layers of snow as far as Oberlin Bend.
East-side plows also have been able to resume work this week after a heightened avalanche danger kept them off the park’s main road. They had plowed past Siyeh Bend and were approaching No Stump by the end of the day on Thursday.
Hikers and bikers on the east side can access the road up to Siyeh Bend, while the vehicle closure has been moved up to Jackson Glacier Overlook, about 13 miles from the St. Mary entrance.
Visitors headed to Glacier National Park via the North Fork can now drive to Bowman Lake and campground, the park announced in a press release Thursday.
Bowman Lake Campground offers primitive, first-come, first-served sites for $10 per night.
Vault toilets are available, but visitors must bring their own drinking water.
The road is accessible via the Inside North Fork Road, which remains closed at Doverspike Meadow, Polebridge South Gate and Fish Creek.
Elsewhere in the park, the Camas, Many Glacier, Chief Mountain and Two Medicine roads are all open to vehicle traffic, while Cut Bank Road is still closed at the park boundary.

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