Highline Trail – Glacier National Park, Montana
August 23rd, 2015
The Highline Trail is an incredible 7.6 mile trek from Logan’s Pass to the Granite Park Trail Junction. One has the option to stay straight and visit the Granite Park Chalet, return to the top of Logan’s Pass, continue on to the Swiftcurrent Pass Trail, or follow the path left down to “The Loop” on the Going-to-the-Sun Road (from the Highline Trailhead to The Loop is approx. 12 miles.)
We had planned on taking the Swiftcurrent Pass Trail for the spectacular view before continuing to The Loop, but the trail was closed due to bear activity. We opted for the Glacier Overlook (a.k.a Grinnell Glacier Overlook), a slightly grueling climb as it gains 900ft in only 0.6 of a mile (one way). However easy or difficult this ascent is, the view of Grinnell Glacier is worth the climb.
After having a quick snack on top of the Continental Divide, 7,560ft up, we returned to the Highline trail and finished the brief 3/4 of a mile to the Granite Park Chalet. There are two outhouse style bathrooms at the Chalet as well as a place to buy snacks. Only overnight guests are given the option to order entrees.
There is poor signage at the chalet for trail heads, so take care to be sure of your course before tromping down paths.
The descent from the Chalet to The Loop can be hard on one’s knees, those with weak or injured knees should plan to hike with poles or formidable sticks.
The Highline Trail is a must for any hikers who are visiting the park. Trees, meadows, wildflowers, mountains, valleys, rivers, glaciers, and an adorable bridge await any who take this trail. This trek can be easily customized with access to other trails such as the Haystack Butte, an excellent place for lunch, the Glacier Overlook which we took, the Swiftcurrent Pass and Swiftcurrent Overlook, as well as several others. I would love to hike this trail again.