Glacier National Park – West Entrance Going-to-the-Sun Road – August 9, 2022

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 we were up at 4:30 am and out the door at 5 am so we could be at the West Entrance of Glacier National Forest by 6 am when the Going-to-the-Sun Road opened after being closed since 10 pm the night before for ongoing construction. We wanted to be driving eastbound on the road when the sun came up.

We arrived at about 5:45 am and it was no surprise to find scores of other vehicles there waiting to get in also. Once the road opened it was like a long, long conga line of vehicles for the first 30 minutes or so. Then, as vehicles pulled off to see specific things the line spread out and only got jammed up at popular or even just congested areas.

Years ago, when I was working in Helena, Montana, I took a Saturday and drove up to Glacier National Park to take some sunrise photos from the west end of Lake McDonald, drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road, and hike up to Iceberg Lake. Back then, I was wishing Cindy could be with me to experience the drive and the scenery, so this trip made me very happy that she was with me.

We brought Bella with us because our campground had no electricity and it was VERY hot. She’s not a fan of winding roads like Going-to-the-Sun Road but she does like being with us. This way, we knew she wouldn’t get too hot in Nomad.

We had more than 300 photos from the drive but I’ve only shared about a fifth of those in this post and I’ll just let them describe the drive for you.

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