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.

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

  1. Kari

    Kari, have you heard of taking the express shuttle from Apgar to Logan pass and hiking to the loop and catching the shuttle back to Apgar? If this is a good option are there issues with getting a seat to Apgar on the bus back? I heard there are three express shuttles that run at 7,720&740.

    1. Kari

      There can definitely be issues with getting a seat on the shuttles depending on time of day and time of the year. But I have found that going early and late is helpful, also you should have an easier time going from the loop back down to Apgar because most people go from the loop back up to the pass. So far my experience with the shuttle has been that I usually end up waiting but it does work out with some patience. There was one time when the wait was going to be so long, (read 3 hours at almost 100ºF) a friend and I ended up hitchhiking instead, which of course I don’t recommend for safety reasons!

  2. Kari

    Just did this hike, with 3 kids under 7!, and three adults and loved it. It was long but did it in 7 hours from Logan’s Pass back to car at the Loop. the scenery was great, and the stop at the chalet helped with only 4 miles left to go (almost all downhill.) Be sure to bring bear spray, just in case. We saw goats, sheep, but no bears:) It is a beautiful hike and you can do part and just turn around and head back but it is doable in 7 or less hours from Logan’s Pass to the Loop with 3 kids in tow!

    1. Kari

      So glad to hear you enjoyed it! This is one of my favorite hikes because it’s so scenic and like you said you can always turn around at any time and still have a great hike.

    1. Kari

      No it’s not hard to turn around at all. The narrow part is only a few hundred feet right at the beginning and it’s a few feet wide, so there’s no issue with turning around.

  3. Kari

    Can you hike some and then turn back? I am not in great shape (overweight, but love to do easy hikes)?

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