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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Highline Trail

Highline Trail
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Owner description: A popular hiking trail with phenomenal views.
Ringgold, Georgia
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269 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2014

Great views in this 11.7 mile hike. It is a little work, but I am 64 years old and not a big hiker and we did it in 5 1/2 hours. We got rained on and I still loved it.

Visited July 2014
2 Thank Con K
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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“Not for acrophobes - views amazing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2014

The first 3 miles (from Logan Pass) are treacherous for people that don't like 200-400 foot drop offs only a foot or two from the path. I'm not overly afraid of heights and it was nerve-wracking to me. Some great tips can be found here: http://enjoyyourparks.com/GlacierParkHighlineTrail.html

Visited July 2014
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New York City, New York
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“Spectacular Hike ...11.6 miles”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is THE MOST beautiful hike with one caveat: it is 11.6 miles loop and it was excruciating to finish it!
After reading all the reviews, I still thought there were two options - 7.6 or 11.6 miles hike. This is 11.6 miles loop from start to finish. Only if you have reservations to stay in Granite Park Chalet (which is 7.7 miles from the start - Logan Pass) you can hike 7.6 miles the first day and then finish the hike the next day by hiking 4 miles down the trail to the shuttle stop (The Loop).

We took 7:30 AM bus from St. Mary shuttle stop and arrived at Logan Pass in 20 min. We decided to go on a Ranger-lead hike, so we waited from 7:50 AM till 9:15 AM to start. It was really a mistake because we wasted time needed later on to finish hike on time for 6:30 PM bus going back to St. Mary.

My advice:
It would be many people going the same way and the hike is in an open. Start early to have enough time – it is a very long hike, don’t wait for a group! (I could not keep us with group’s speed either. Besides, if you with the group, you can’t stop when you want – to rest, to marvel, to take pictures).

There are no signs indicating how many miles you have walked. (When we though we are at the very end, we were only in a middle – I guess this is Montana’s bid sky miles). You can ask, just to know where on the trail you are.

Get more water. Although we thought we had enough, we completely ran out. Thankfully, we were able to buy drinks at the Chalet.

If possible, drive to The Loop (finish line), leave your car there and take the shuttle to the Logan pass (trailhead). This way you are not dependent on a bus to get back.

If you are not sure about hiking 11.6 miles in one day, try to reserve a night at the Chalet and finish hike in two days. I thought it was a very nice place to stay (we did not see the rooms, only common area). The views were outstanding and staff very helpful.

The cable part was exciting.

And last, you don’t have to finish the hike. You can hike a few miles in and out.

Visited August 2013
2 Thank Galia S
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Manchester, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2014

Exciting hike over narrow ledges. I felt safe, but if you are terribly afraid of heights it may not be the hike for you. We saw marmots and beautiful wildflowers and stunning views. What more could you ask for!?

Visited August 2013
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Eagan, MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fabulous hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2014

I have hiked this trail many times. It used to be easier to stay at Granite Park Chalet to make an overnight ear, but it's popularity means you need to try for reservations on the day reservations open in the fall, and then with no guarantee.

Early July may be too early due to snow conditions. The last time I was there it was closed in early July. They don't even allow experienced people with ice axes on the trail.

As other say, the first part has some exposure with a garden hose wrapped cable to hang onto along the steepest area. The trail to Granite Park is long, but relatively little altitude gain or loss. You can always just go a few miles and go back to Logan Pass.

With the advent of park buses, you can readily hike to the chalet and then down the steep trail to the Loop and get a bus back to your car. However, it will likely be a very long day. Make sure you have very good shoes that are well broken in to avoid blisters.

Visited July 2013
2 Thank Svidas
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