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

Ledge at the start

Ledge at the start

Ledge again now with setting sun on it

Ledge again now with setting sun on it

Highline Trail Glacier National Park (11)

climbing towards Haystack Pass

Highline Trail Glacier National Park (14) Highline Trail Glacier National Park (17)

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 (6)

a flock of mountain goats

Highline - Animals (2)

a Bighorn sheep checking me out

Highline - Animals (7)

Grouse blocking my way

Highline - Grinnell Glacier Lookout (2)

Highline - Grinnell Glacier Lookout (8)

Looking West from Overlook – Lake McDonald in the distant

Highline - Grinnell Glacier Lookout (4)

Grinnell Glacier Lookout, Glacier National Park

from the Overlook

Looking East from the Overlook – lower Grinnell Lake, Lake Josephine, and Swiftcurrent – most distant

Highline Trail Glacier National Park (4)

Garden Wall

Highline Trail Glacier National Park (5)

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.

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.

on the way down, wild flowers dotted landscape around Granite Park Chalet

near Granite Park Chalet

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