Along the Going-To-The-Sun Road

The following map and chart lists Points of Interest and Shuttle Stops along the Going-to-the-Sun Road. It includes a number of the popular trails which are accessible from the road. The mileages, show the distance of each point from West Glacier and St. Mary. Some of the mileages are estimates.

Points of Interests along the Going-to-the-Sun Road - Glacier National Park
Going-to-the-Sun Road – Points of Interest and Shuttle Stops
 Mileage from: 
 PlaceWest GlacierSt. MaryDescription
 Town of West Glacier050.1All services available in town outside of park.
1Apgar Village2.647.5Food, lodging, stores, gift shops, and visitor center.
2Apgar Visitor Center2.647.5Offers visitor information and serves as the west side hub for the park’s free shuttle bus system. See links below for schedule and stops.
3Apgar Campground2.647.5Largest campground in the park. No towed vehicles allowed. Popular base camp for exploring the west side of Glacier National Park.
4Sprague Creek Campground941.1Popular campground for tenters. Adjacent to Lake McDonald – lakeside sites fill up early in the day.
5Lake McDonald Lodge10.839.3On the shores of Lake McDonald, the classic lodge is reminiscent of a Swiss chalet with a hunting lodge atmosphere. Boat tours, horseback rides, and all services available here. The strenuous 6.4 mile trail to Sperry Chalet starts across the road from the lodge.
6McDonald Creek Overlook12.837.3Early season visitors may see a thundering torrent on McDonald Creek, carrying trees and boulders. A half mile trail leads to boggy Johns Lake, with the possibility of seeing moose or waterfowl.
7Avalanche Creek16.233.9The Trail of the Cedars Nature Trail (ADA accessible) winds 0.7 mile through a dense, old growth cedar-hemlock forest on a boardwalk. The Avalanche Lake Trail, two miles each way with a 500 foot elevation gain is one of the park’s most popular. The campground and picnic area is adjacent. Very popular area, parking can be difficult – please use the shuttle!
8West Tunnel2426.1The 192 foot tunnel was bored through the mountain in 1926.
9The Loop24.625.5The only switchback on the Going-to-the-Sun Road affords a scenic view of Heaven’s Peak and an closeup view of the 2003 Trapper Fire. A short but strenuous, 4-mile hike to Granite Park Chalet begins here.
10Bird Woman Falls Overlook26.823.3Across the valley, Bird Woman Falls cascades 492 feet down the slopes of Mt. Oberlin.
11Weeping Wall28.721.4The long length of wall features a gushing waterfall in the spring, which reduces to a mere trickle in late summer and fall.
12Big Bend2921.1One of road’s most spectacular vista points with ample parking space. Views of Mt. Canon, Mt. Oberlin, Heaven’s Peak, and the Weeping Wall.
13Triple Arches30.519.6Architectural and engineering marvels best seen by eastbound travelers.
14Oberlin Bend31.718.4Just west of Logan Pass below cascading waterfalls of Mt. Oberlin. A short boardwalk offers astounding views of hanging valleys and the road as it winds across the landscape below the Garden Wall. Good place to see mountain goats.
15Logan Pass3218.1The Logan Pass Visitor Center sits on the Continental Divide at 6,646 feet. The area may still be snow-covered in June. The popular Hidden Lake and Highline trails begin here.
16Lunch Creek32.617.5Surrounded by carpets of wildflowers in the summer, Lunch Creek flows down a natural rock staircase from the striking backdrop of Pollack Mountain.
17East Tunnel3317.1The East Side Tunnel was one of the road’s most difficult challenges. The 408-foot tunnel comes directly out of Piegan Mountain, with waterfalls cascading down the portal.
18Siyeh Bend34.215.9Located at a prominent road bend, the Siyeh Bend Shuttle Stop marks the transition between the higher elevation sub-alpine vegetation and the forests of the east side. Good day hikes in this area.
19Jackson Glacier Overlook36.114The best view of a glacier from anywhere on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.
20Gunsight Pass Trailhead36.313.8Trail offers backpackers or physically-fit day hikers access to the Continental Divide, glaciers, subalpine lakes, the historic Sperry Chalet, and outstanding mountain vistas.
21St. Mary Falls Shuttle Stop38.611.5Trailhead to St. Mary Falls, one of the most popular hikes in the park. Trail is a 2.4 mile round trip which can be extended to 3.6 miles by continuing to Virginia Falls. Easy walking on the valley floor.
22Sunrift Gorge39.410.7A short 75 foot walk to a spectacular view of a water-carved gorge.
23Wild Goose Island42.87.6One of the most frequently photographed spots in the park. Tiny Wild Goose Island offers a striking counter-point to the majestic peaks in the background.
24Golden Staircase42.57.3Large pullout offers views of Saint Mary Lake as well as an opportunity to marvel at the skill of the builders of the Going-to-the-Sun Road.
25Rising Sun43.86.3The prairies meet the mountains at Rising Sun. Spectacular sunrises sparkle across St. Mary Lake. Guided boat tours provide a perspective not available from the road. Also, campground, lodging, and services available.
26Two Dog Flats482.1Native grassland community provides habitat for a number of species. Two Dog Flats supplies winter range for a large elk population.
27St. Mary Campground48.81.3Largest campground on the east side of Glacier National Park, located approximately one half mile from the St. Mary visitor center.
28St. Mary Visitor Center49.30.8Information desk, backcountry permits, auditorium with park films, interpretive programs, east side shuttle hub, and Glacier National Conservancy store.
 Town of St. Mary50.10All services available in town outside of park.