October 21, 2017

Early Summer at Logan Pass at Glacier National Park in Montana

Driving up Going-to-the-Sun Highway to Logan Pass, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog

Early summer is a fun time to visit Glacier National Park.  The Going-to-the-Sun Highway and Logan Pass will still have snow on them, and there is lots of fun to be had with snow!

Snow on Logan Pass, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog
Snow on Logan Pass, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog

Snow on Logan Pass, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog

If you plan on driving to Montana for your vacation, and you are coming right after the snow is removed from the Going-to-the-Sun Highway so that you can reach Logan Pass, throw in your skis and bring them along.  There is still enough snow to hike up and get a few turns in, while wearing shorts in the beautiful Montana sunshine.  Where to ski is not marked, but you can follow the other people hiking up to ski, and you will see where others made some turns and head that direction.  (I will ski up there this summer and post a blog about it this summer.)

Skiers Tracks, Logan pass, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

Skiers Tracks, Logan pass, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

If you get there early enough in the summer, you can take the time to go “butt sledding” as we did one year. :)  Or, you can do it the right way, and pack sleds and jump on, but we have no problem sledding in just our pants.

Butt Sledding in the snow at Logan Pass, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog
I take so many photos, I like to get some "jumping" photos to mix it up!

I take so many photos, I like to get some “jumping” photos to mix it up!

One summer we built a snowman.  Or, if you prefer to call him, a snow owl, or something of the sort.

Montana Vacation Blog Snowman at the top of Logan Pass in Glacier National Park, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog
Montana Vacation Blog Snowman at the top of Logan Pass in Glacier National Park, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog

Montana Vacation Blog Snowman at the top of Logan Pass in Glacier National Park, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog

Seeing how deep the snow gets over the winter is also a unique experience.

Summer Snow Levels at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog

Summer Snow Levels at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog

Alex Neill at Logan Pass, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog

And there will still be plenty of animals around to see and get photographs of.  (Isn’t this one of the best parts?!)

Mountain Goats

Mountain Goats

Mountain Goats on Logan Pass, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation BlogGround Squirrel at Logan Pass, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog

You should bring good hiking shoes, because the board walk heading up to Hidden Lake often still has a bit of snow on it.  And have layered clothes, if the weather is cool that day.

Have fun!! Visiting Logan Pass in early summer and late summer are two different experiences, so if you visit Montana more than once, I would recommend visiting each time!

Warmest Wishes from Big Sky Country,

Alex Neill

Montana Vacation Blog

 

Driving up Going-to-the-Sun Highway in early summer, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog

Driving up Going-to-the-Sun Highway in early summer, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog

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