The Highline Trail in Glacier National Park

The Highline Trail in Glacier National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

The Highline Trail in Glacier National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

The Highline Trail is one of my most recommended trails to anyone visiting Glacier National Park! The trail is 7.6 miles to Granite Park Chalet, where you can stay the night and hike in the area the next day. Or you can hike down the loop trail, and catch a shuttle back to Logan’s Pass where this hike begins.

My favorite way to do this hike is to the Chalet, and all the way back out to Logan’s Pass. The views are absolutely stunning both ways, so you can’t loose either way you hike this.

The Highline Trail in Glacier National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

No description of this hike would be complete without telling you about the beginning of the trail. It’s a 4-6 foot wide ledge, (picture below) and the drop off is around 100+’. There is a cable in place if you’re feeling nervous. But I thought it deserved a mention in case you have a severe fear of heights.

The Highline Trail in Glacier National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

The Highline Trail in Glacier National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

Another reason this hike is so amazing is you almost always see wildlife. Generally you see goats and big horn sheep. But a couple of my friends saw a grizzly and 2 cubs in the distance when they did this hike a couple of weeks ago!

The wildflowers are truly a sight to see on this trail. They start about the second week of July and run into August. The weather can vary greatly from year to year. This means there are often still a few big snow fields in July, so bring good hiking boots, or come in the beginning of August.

The Highline Trail in Glacier National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

The Highline Trail in Glacier National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

This is one of the views you’ll see on the hike back out! You can see why I feel like I’m missing out when I do the through hike down past the Chalet. You’ll find yourself wanting to look at the 360º view. This is why I love to hike back out the way I came. Otherwise I spend half my time looking over my shoulder to see the view behind me.

The Highline Trail in Glacier National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

The Highline Trail in Glacier National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

This hike is also a photographers dream because the mountains you’re looking at in the morning are highlighted by the sun. And the range of mountains you see at the end of the day are highlighted by the setting sun, So it’s a win win all the way around!

On the way to the Chalet, you’ll have great views of Heaven’s Peak (the peak in the middle of the above photo). Heaven’s Peak keeps it’s snow pretty much year round, so it always makes for a great picture!

The Highline Trail in Glacier National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

Here we’re crossing one of those last remaining snow fields in early July. If you have good boots, and/or balance you really don’t need Yak Traxs if you’re very careful about footing. Many people get their tennis shoes wet which can cause a major blister problems, so bring good footwear.

The Highline Trail in Glacier National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

There is an additional spur to this trail that takes you to a view point called Grinnell Glacier Overlook. Since this post is already out of control with so many pictures, I’ll give you the spur trail in an additional post here – Grinnell Glacier Overlook.

6 Comments on “The Highline Trail in Glacier National Park”

  1. This hike is on my Bucket List, but since I am already 80 I may not make it. Just need some encouragement and a good hiking buddy!

    1. This is a great bucket list item, and you don’t have to hike the whole thing in one day. You can book a night or two at the Granite Park Chalet which I think is around 6-8 miles in if you start at Logan’s Pass. I’d also recommend starting from Logan’s Pass because it’s mostly downhill that way, especially after the chalet. And definitely start really early in the morning so that you have plenty of time to rest if needed! I sure hope you get to go this summer! 🙂

  2. What a stunning hike! Although, I don’t think it’s for kids. I especially enjoy seeing the animals and seeing the wildflowers. Would love to see a grizzly and her cubs! Great for your friends. Maybe you’ll see them next time. Would love to do this hike!!

    1. Once the kids get a little older it would probably be fine, they usually recommend around 10 yrs of age or so – just enough years that they start to understand the seriousness of paying attention the the surroundings! It also helps that there’s a cable in place as well, hope you get to do this hike one day! 🙂

    1. They are pretty cute, although they get pretty aggressive because everyone feeds them and they really get pushy trying to get at your lunch sometimes!

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