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The Highline Trail – Glacier National Park Montana
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Elevation Gain 1950 Length 11.8 miles.
Glacier National Park dubbed “Crown of the Continent” by George Bird Grinnell is one of our National Treasures.
From the pristine Massive Mountain Lake MacDonald,
Lush Trail of the Cedars to Avalanche Lake
to aptly named Iceberg Lake there is plenty to explore in Glacier National Park.
Perhaps the best orientation to the distinctive alpine setting in the heart of the park
is a day hike of the Garden Wall.
Welcome to best of the NW.
Free park shuttles can be accessed from the highpoint at Logan on the Continental Divide as well as the loop to the west on the going to the sun road.

Starting at the high-point from ever popular Logan Visitors center
the often crowded highline trail quickly becomes exposed.
Use the cable handrail for security.
Never cross when snow-covered.

Plenty of pullouts along the way allow hikers to pass and take in views of the glacier carved U shaped valley views.

Pass the Weeping Wall along the garden wall ascending the saddle by Haystack.

Observe traces of ancient seabed formed from uplift over two billion years ago.

The trail weaves around enticing bends overlooking U shaped valleys carved out by ancient glaciers. Keep an eye out for sneak peaks of the chalet in the distance.

Lake MacDonald the largest alpine lake in the park starts coming into view.

A side trail to the right climbs .6 miles to the Grinnell Glacier Overlook.

Reach the Granite Park Chalet (a World Heritage Site) in 7.6 miles.
Despite the name there is actually no granite in the area.

Reservations for overnight stays at the chalet need to be made in advance.

Continue down the switchbacks 4 miles through rugged terrain and a few appreciated water sources to the end at the loop.

The original road design steeply ascending 15 switchbacks along Logan creek was replaced with a single switchback now known as the “loop.”

The Blackfeet Indians called Glacier “The Backbone of the World” which might describe the sensation of crossing this spectacular section of Glacier National Park.

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