Location: Glacier National Park – Montana, U.S.A.
Destination: Haystack Butte
Distance: About 3.4 Miles / 5.4 Kilometers round-trip from Going To The Sun Road Parking Lot indicated in the overview map.
Elevation: 7,490 Feet / 2,283 Meters
Difficulty: Moderate Hike / Scramble | Class 1 and Class 2 – The climbers route to get up to the Highline trail is steeper requiring the occasional use of hands.
We climbed Haystack Butte on our way through Glacier National Park to Canada. It makes for the perfect half-day hike when you start from the ‘Big Bend’ parking lot near the ‘Weeping Wall’ just below Logan’s Pass Visitor Center along the Going to The Sun Road. The trail is steep, but you can reach the Garden Wall trail that leads to Haystack Butte in only 45 minutes, (that includes picture time). From the Garden Wall trail it’s only another hour or so to meander through the fields of wildflowers and snow to reach the top of Haystack Butte.
The views at the top are spectacular, especially considering it only took 2 hours to get here! There was still a good amount of snow when we were there, but since then they’ve totally cleared the trail, and the Garden Wall (The High Line Trail) is now open clear to Granite Park Chalet. For anyone considering this as a hike, this weekend should be perfect for wildflowers along the trail.
I love this terrain, there are fields of wildflowers, interrupted by giant boulders, and surrounded by stunning views in every direction.
There’s no trail too wet for my Vibram toe shoes! These shoes are the best thing ever, (really it’s no exaggeration)! I just tromped through the streams and right out the other side. Even with my feet soaking wet half of the time, I still didn’t get any blisters – amazing! I only wish that I could take them on every hike. I still wear my Asolo’s on all the scrambles we do where the trails are covered in rocks.
Here’s a view looking back toward Logan’s Pass, where we hiked Hidden Lake Overlook a few weeks ago.
This is the waterfall where the trail starts, and as you can see it’s really steep. You can also get to Haystack Butte from Logan’s Pass along the Highline Trail for an easier (but longer) hike.
As you quickly gain elevation the road below looks far away and the views become grander. The bear grass was blooming about halfway up and it was neat to see the climate change as we climbed higher. Near the top only a few glacier lilies were poking out amongst the snow fields.