|Month||Temperature||Number of Visitors (2013)||Percentage of Visitors||Notes||Camping Limit|
|January||15-29||10,836||less than 1%||30 days|
|February||19-35||11,388||less than 1%||30 days|
|March||23-42||15,758||less than 1%||30 days|
|April||30-53||20,922||less than 1%||30 days|
|May||37-64||108,998||5%||late May St Mary’s campground open||30 days|
|July||47-79||645,514||29%||Shuttle runs||14 days|
|August||46-78||626,556||30%||Shuttle runs||14 days|
|September||39-67||355,471||16%||Shuttle stops running Labor Day; |
mid-Sept fall colors in west side of park
end of Sept fall colors in east side of park
|as of labor day, campling limit 30 days|
|October||32-53||25,965||1%||beg, of Oct. end of fall colors in east side of park||30 days|
|November||25-37||14,924||less than 1%||30 days|
|December||18-30||10,482||less than 1%||30 days|
Friday, February 28, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Many Glacier Road
Swift Current Nature Trail 1L
2.5 miles. 0' elevation change
Grinnell Lake 2M
6.8 miles. 120' elevation change
Bullhead Lake 2M
6.6 miles. 240' elevation change
Going to the Sun Road
St. Mary Lake End of the Road (East End of the Road)
Hidden Lake 1M
3.0 miles. 550' elevation change.
St. Mary and Virginia Falls 1M
2.4 miles. 285' elevation change.
Sun Point Nature Trail 1L
1.3 miles. 0' elevation change.
Beaver Pond Trail 1M
3.4 miles. 120' elevation change.
McDonald Lake End of the Road (West End of the Road)
McDonald Lake Trail 2M
6.6 miles. 160' elevation change.
Johns Lake Loop 1M
2.4 miles. 100' elevation change.
McDonald Creek 2M
6.8 miles. 200' elevation change.
Trail of the Cedars 1L
.7 miles. 0' elevation change.
Avalanche Lake 1M
4.6 miles. 505' elevation change.
Two Medicine Valley Road
Running Eagles Falls 1L
.6 miles. 0' elevation change.
Appistoki Falls 1M
1.2 miles. 320' elevation change.
Two Medicine Lake 2M
7.6 miles. 340' elevation change.
Aster Park 1M
3.8 miles. 440' elevation change.
Upper Two Medicine Lake 1M
4.4 miles. 440' elevation change.
North Fork Road
Bowman Lake 3L
14.2 miles. 0' elevation change
Rainbow Falls 1L
1.4 miles. 0' elevation change.
Kootenai Lake 2M
5.6 miles. 200' elevation change.
Cameron Lake 1L
2.2 miles. 0' elevation change.
Blakiston Falls. 1L
1.6 miles. 0' elevation change.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
This drive is included in the National Geographic book Drives of a Lifetime. It climbs from St. Mary to the Continental Divide then drops to the rainforests of McDonald Valley. It includes subalpine forests, cascades, and Jackson Glacier. Mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and grizzles roam in the area.
Distance: 50 miles
Driving Time: 1.5 hours
When to go: mid-June through September
Directions: From St. Mary to Apgar, Montana