Spring in Glacier National Park
Spring can be a magical time of year in Glacier National Park. There are no crowds and the scenery is amazing. Check out our list of things to do in and around Glacier during the spring.
Bike Camas Road.
Plow crews cleared Camas Road which runs parallel to the Inside North Fork Road and is fully paved. This time of year the traffic is minimal which makes biking the road a great option. You will pass Huckleberry Mountain and see great views of the park’s mountains through the Roberts Fire burn. Camas road eventually leads to the North Fork Road where your journey can lead you either south to Columbia Falls or north to Polebridge.
Check out Polebridge.
Polebridge is the only little town that can be found anywhere up the North Fork Road. On your way up there look off to your right every once and a while and see some amazing views of the most northern mountains in the park and the beautiful waters of the North Fork of the Flathead River. Once you make it to Polebridge, be sure to check out some of the delicious baked goods of the Mercantile which opens April 26th this year and can be visited 7 days a week from 8am – 6pm.
The park has cleared the road from Lake McDonald for hiker and biker access. During the week, Going-to-the-Sun Road is open for hiker/biker access to the Avalanche parking lot. During the weekend there are no hiker/biker restrictions on the Road. Get out there and experience Glacier on your bike with no view restrictions and no traffic!
Drive to the St. Mary entrance of Going-to-the-Sun Road.
Going-to-the-Sun Road is open to Rising Sun Motor Inn on the East side of the park, about 5.5 miles. Take Highway 2 to Browning and head north on 89 which will take you all the way to St. Mary. From West Glacier this drive should take about 2 hours and offers plenty of sightseeing on a sunny day! Once you reach Rising Sun you can park your car and walk Going-to-the-Sun Road to Wild Goose Island. It is a quick half mile walk on the road but still has a little snow cover so be sure to wear your boots and bring your bear spray. Here is driving directions on Google – http://goo.gl/maps/Y6YfH
Take a Fly Fishing Clinic.
Need to spruce up your cast or just want to learn? Come join us at the Glacier Outdoor Center for a casting clinic. We have fully stocked ponds that are ready to fish. This time of year we are all thinking about fly fishing and can’t wait to get back into it. Currently the rivers are blown out, but our ponds are ready to rock. A one hour clinic, for 2 people is just $45.
Keep an eye on Glacier’s Trail Status Report for openings. Clearing of trails will start around the 1st of May so stay tuned to http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/trailstatusreports.htm for updates.
Spring is a great time to catch the spring snow runoff on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Some of the rapids may be a little washed out but others are class III+. Our half day whitewater trip is only $55.64 per person and lasts about 2 hours in the spring. We have wetsuits and neoprene booties to keep you warm on the river.