Highline Trail

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Parker Duncan
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Family
With Grinnell Glacier access restricted (Covid), we accessed via the Highline trail (Logan Pass visitor center), climbed to the Grinnell Overlook (via Garden Wall trail), and returned via the Loop trail (to the Loop parking lot for pickup). Highly recommend this route as Highline going back out is not only longer but harder and the loop is mostly downhill.

The views on Highline after rain yesterday were amazing and perfectly clear. We saw a group of mountain goats, multiple bighorn sheep (on the trail), and a few marmot. The climb to the glacier was tough but definitely worth it. Recommend continuing climb to the saddle (see recording) to see all four lakes at the bottom rather than just looking into the glacier. Exiting via the Loop trail was great as it was mostly downhill. Would definitely do this again and highly recommend if wanting to see the glacier.
Written September 22, 2020
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Columbus_Mom
Columbus522 contributions
This trail is crazy fun, very narrow in parts with a steep drop off, not for the faint of heart, especially since it can get a little windy. Park at Logan's Pass - take your time finding a spot, people are always leaving you just need to be patient. Fun trail, different where you have to hold on to a garden house that's affixed to the wall for you to hold as you traverse the narrow high line passage to get to the other side of the trail. You can do just 2 miles of it and still love it.
Written July 26, 2021
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MonicaOE
Krk Island, Croatia5 contributions
Solo
The views along the Highline Trail are spectacular. I felt like I wanted to stop every 20 feet to take pictures, but eventually had to stop doing that in order to finish the hike in a timely manner! So yes, do it!

A few notes:

If you are over 50, have knee issues and/or don't normally do a lot of downhill walking, consider going only to Haystack or the Chalet and then back to Logan Pass - and/or wearing knee braces. The hike from Chalet to the Loop is almost all downhill. I am in good shape (run, walk, bike) and had NO problem with the elevation gain and uneven terrain, but was practically a cripple with knee pain within the first mile or 2 past the chalet. (And I don't typically have bad knees. Maybe more elevation training would help with this?)

If you are hiking alone, that's another reason to stop at or before the chalet. There are WAY less hikers on the last leg of the trip, so I was more concerned about surprising a bear or mountain lion.

That leg is also the hottest, least shaded portion of the trail and, in my opinion, not as pretty as the rest of the trail.

Also, if you do go all the way to the Loop, you have to figure out a good way to get from the Loop back up to Logan Pass. With Covid, no shuttles. I hitchhiked back up and easily/quickly found someone to take me, but I have an N95 mask, so I felt comfortable doing that. Gotta decide for yourself.

Get up early; the Logan Pass parking lot fills up quickly. I think this is exacerbated because of no shuttles running due to COVID-19. The lines for the toilet also get long in the morning.

Bring plenty of fluids: I drank 2 liters from my camelback, plus 2 Gatorade bottles.

Bring plenty of food: I ate breakfast and still consumed the following on the trail:
1 cheese sandwich (3 thick slices)
3 bars (RX & Zing)
1/2 apple
1/2 a large peanut butter sqeeze bottle
Dried seaweed packet
2 cucumbers
Applesauce
2 handfuls of almonds

Wear hiking shoes and thick socks. The trail is very rocky.

Bring 2 hiking poles if you can. There is a *lot* of elevation change, both up and down.

Bring a good camera and/or well charged phone to capture the beautiful scenery!

FYI - The attached photo is from the chalet at one of the picnic tables, overlooking the mountains.
Written August 18, 2020
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LiketoeatCincinnati
Cincinnati, OH2,416 contributions
Couples
This is a very popular trail in Glacier NP. It is about three miles round trip and can be a bit strenuous due to some elevation. It is just behind the visitors center. Be aware of bears as there are warning signs everywhere. Views are iconic. Parking is very challenging but we were fortunate to find something pretty easy in a very full lot around 11 am. Just be patient and wait for someone to leave.
Written September 18, 2020
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Mike W
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We hiked this on an absolutely beautiful day - great weather and we were excited to finish our week on a high note. We weren't all that impressed considering the great reviews. Since the buses weren't running, we went about 4 miles in and turned around, but I don't think we missed much. In normal circumstances, you can hike to the Loop from Logan, but the reviews on the last 4-5 miles on that didn't sound great either. The views are amazing - absolutely. But the views don't change much throughout the route so it's just a lot of walking with lots of other people. Compared to other options at GNP (we much preferred Avalanche Lake and St. Mary's/Victoria Falls earlier in the week), I'd choose something else, or just go 2 miles in and turnaround to get the most out of your time rather than invest a full day.
Written July 28, 2020
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Yessyhara
Venice, FL2,387 contributions
Couples
We wanted to go on this trail for the views but ended up sitting in the car all morning waiting for the fog to lift. With low clouds and fog you will get no view whatsoever. When it cleared we hiked the first mile or so which has the best views and they’re spectacular! The hike is not strenuous but if you’re nervous about heights you will not be happy here. The trial is so narrow in places you’ll have to go single file while holding onto a cable bolted to the side of the cliff. You’ll look out over the road below across the mountains to the horizon. Highly recommended!
Written April 27, 2020
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DutchTX
The Woodlands, TX658 contributions
We hiked from Logan Pass to the side-track to Grinnell Glacier Overlook, then to the Chalet, and ending at The Loop parking lot (shuttle bus stop); total 14 miles, definitely strenuous hiking! The best trail out there, but be ready to experience elevation gain. Especially after 7 miles when you do the Grinnell Glacier overlook, it's "only" 0.8 miles uphill, however extremely steep, but the view is extraordinary. Two days later we did the Grinnell Glacier hike from Many Glacier, and it is great to see where you went. This is a one-way hike we did, so we bought tickets to get on the shuttle bus at The Loop. Do not underestimate the length and difficulty of this hike; the last 4 miles we did from the Chalet to The Loop is all downhill, and very challenging for your knees.
Written August 6, 2021
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NCWFUcyclingVet
Huntersville, NC353 contributions
Family
Much of this trail is along a ridge line allowing wide and distant views. It’s moderately difficult with lots of rocky areas. It’s just off the Logan Pass visitor center parking lot. We saw a few mountain goats right off the trail
Written October 7, 2020
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Loustac
Jeddo, MI35 contributions
Family
Incredible views! A must do. Get to Logan’s pass early for parking (before 8am). The first section with cables in the most intimidating. But after that....wow! You will be in awe of the views. Hiking to Haystack Butte is approximately 3.5 miles from trailhead.
Written August 26, 2020
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Ravekid
Indianapolis, IN1,476 contributions
Couples
My wife and I hiked this trail in Aug. 2017. We got to Logan Pass pretty early but there was still plenty of parking (Note: It was filling up fast, see below for a tip). We hiked the Highline Trail to Granite Park Chalet. This is a pretty popular hike, so don't feel the need to bring every single survival item. There were tons of people the day we did the hike, but it never felt really crowded and we had times when we were alone for a bit on the trail. There isn't much at the chalet, they have a few snacks and such but that was about it when we went. We hiked down the Granite Park Trail, a/k/a the Loop Trail. This is the trail that starts the almost 180 degree turn along Going-to-the-Sun Road. Both trails are really nice and offer great views and such. It is one of the more amazing hikes in the country.

Tip for everyone. It is much easier to park your vehicle at your end destination and use the shuttles to go to whichever trail head you prefer to start at. Just make sure you have everything you need and get on the shuttle. We parked at Logan Pass and when we got to the Loop, there were about fifty people already waiting for shuttles that might have had room for maybe two people. Eventually one shuttle driver said two empty shuttles were on the way. After about 40 mins. everyone finally got on the shuttle, but by then, around another 20-40 people had joined the line. From the west side of the park, you can take an express shuttle early from Apgar transit center. Go to Logan Pass and you can take the westbound shuttle back from the loop (those westbound shuttles weren't nearly as full).
Written February 10, 2018
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