Going-to-the-Sun Road

September 23, 2015


Photographer: Robert Forest
Summary AuthorRobert Forest

Looking west from near Logan Pass in Glacier National Park, Montana, the Going-to-the-Sun road can be seen in the foreground on this early September day (2015). The first snow of the season has already dusted the mountaintops highlighting the sedimentary layers on the ridge in the distance. Going-to-the-Sun road was masterfully built in the early 1930s with the intent of treading lightly on the land. It's been a marvel of engineering and accomplishment ever since. My wife prefers the drive from east to west so as to be near the rock wall and not the road edge, which drops a thousand feet in a number of places. Repeat avalanches preclude barriers other than granite blocks on the edge. Heavy snows limit the driving season to a few short months, typically late June to late September. Photo taken on September 11, 2015.

Photo Details: Camera Maker: NIKON; Camera Model: COOLPIX S4000; Focal Length: 19.6mm (35mm equivalent: 108mm); Aperture: ƒ/5.9; Exposure Time: 0.0050 s (1/200); ISO equiv: 80.