Highline Trail

Highline Trail, Glacier National Park: Address, Phone Number, Highline Trail Reviews: 5/5

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DutchTX
The Woodlands, TX601 contributions
Best (difficult) hike to-do
Jul 2021
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 6 August 2021
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Columbus_Mom
Columbus467 contributions
WILD!
Jul 2021
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 26 July 2021
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micndav
Pittsburgh, PA28 contributions
Adventure Awaits
Jul 2021
While we did not compete the entire trail, we did hike for several miles. The beginning is a narrow, sometimes deep drop off on the Going to the Sun Road below. However, the views are magnificent. This isn't for you if you are afraid of heights.
Written 21 July 2021
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Cindy E
19 contributions
So worth it
Sep 2020 • Couples
I absolutely loved this hike the most! The view was soooo beautiful! It was not a hard trail. It was a little intimating on how it was set up, but all worth it!
Written 7 October 2020
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NCWFUcyclingVet
Huntersville, NC338 contributions
Unique trail with wide views
Sep 2020 • 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 7 October 2020
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Parker Duncan
24 contributions
Highline Trail to Grinnell Overlook
Sep 2020 • 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 22 September 2020
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LiketoeatCincinnati
Cincinnati, OH2,315 contributions
Must Do Trail in Glacier
Sep 2020 • 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 18 September 2020
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX5,843 contributions
Get to Logan Pass Parking Lot EARLY if you want to do the Highline Trail
Sep 2020
Perhaps the most famous trail in Glacier NP is the Highline Trail and rightly so. It is one of the most memorable hikes I've ever done. You get even better views from the beginning of this trail than you can on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

We hiked the Highline on Tuesday, 9/1. Because of COVID, they were not running any shuttles. Normally people start at Logan Pass and finish at the Loop and take the shuttle back to their car at Logan Pass. Because there were no shuttles, this trail becomes a return hike.

Initially we wanted to do the Grinnell Glacier but in the end chickened out because we wouldn't be able to do the 14.7 mile return trip. Instead, we hiked 2.5 miles, ate lunch and turned back. We started the trip at 8 am and got back to the parking lot a little after noon for a total of 5 miles.

The views are pretty spectacular the entire 2.5 miles going there. And it isn't difficult at all. The rewards definitely outweigh the difficulty.

The hardest part of this hike is getting a parking spot at Logan Pass. Our hotel was in Whitefish which was 1 hour and 40 minutes away just from Logan Pass. Left our hotel at 5:20 am and arrived at Logan Pass at 6 am. There were a long line of cars in front of us and behind us on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. At 7 am, there were spots but by 7:30 am, the entire parking lot was full. So plan to get there EARLY if you want to secure a parking space.

We carried Bear Spray and luckily did not need it. There were plenty of people on this trail.

Also, at the Logan Pass parking lot, it was extremely cold and windy but once you are on the Highline, it is much less windy.
Written 15 September 2020
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Loustac
Jeddo, MI27 contributions
Must do! Our favorite hike on west side!
Aug 2020 • 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 26 August 2020
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MonicaOE
Krk Island, Croatia5 contributions
GORGEOUS, but hard on the knees
Aug 2020 • 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 18 August 2020
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