Highline to Granite Park Chalet*^

Date: 09/20/2013

Location: Logan Pass, Glacier National Park, MT

Distance: 17 miles RT (including side trip to Grinnell Glacier Overlook)

Elevation: 2500ft?

Highest Point: 7280ft

Highline Trail Glacier National Park (20)

Ledge in the morning

Highline Trail Glacier National Park (21)

Highline Trail Glacier National Park (22)

Ledge in the afternoon

Highline Trail Glacier National Park (28)

Climbing towards Haystack Pass

Highline Trail Glacier National Park (31)Highline Trail Glacier National Park (32)

 

This is the one of the best trail I have hiked.  The trail is famous for its ledge in the beginning (see below), but what really set it apart is the constant spectacular views through every feet of its 8 mile course.  Above photos were taken in the first miles leading up to Haystack Pass.

Highline - Animals (9)

 

Highline - Animals (11)

Wildlife are abundant on the trail (common trait for all GNP trails).  The constant highlight was topped at Grinnell Glacier Overlook, a side trip required a 900 ft of steep climbing.

Highline - Grinnell Glacier Lookout (12)

Highline - Grinnell Glacier Lookout (14)

From Grinnell Glacier Overlook – to the west, lake MacDonald in the distant

 

 

Highline - Grinnell Glacier Lookout (4)

Grinnell Glacier Lookout, Glacier National Park

Highline - Grinnell Glacier Lookout (15)

Looking East, lower Grinnell lake, and in the distant, Swiftcurrent Lake in Many Glacier

Highline Trail Glacier National Park (23)

Garden Wall

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At 8 mile, Granite Park Chalet was reached.  When the park shuttles are running, continue down to the Loop to complete a one way, very manageable 11 mile trip is the popular option.  However, there’s no shuttle.  I started the long trek back to Logan Pass.

Highline - view from Granite Park Chalet (8)

View from Granite Park

 

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