Hiking Highline Trail, Glacier National Park
May 12, 2021
Last September, some friends and I made the long-haul drive from Wisconsin to the far side of Glacier National Park. (The East side was closed due to COVID restrictions.) While there’s an album full of images, I wanted to share a few of my favorites from our hike on Highline Trail.
Highline Trail spans 15.2 miles round-trip, with a steep side trail that cost us an additional 2.4 miles (more on that later).
We started the journey around 6am at Logan Pass, where we were greeted with violent winds that nearly knocked us over.
Side note: The pit toilets at Logan Pass had a shared reservoir. Pressure changes in the reservoir (due to the wind) caused strong gusts of air to blast upwards from the toilet. It was a rather unpleasant experience for the user.
We started early on the trail, as common wisdom had it that the Logan Pass parking lot fills by 7am. (If you plan on hiking the full 17.6, you’ll need to start this early anyway.)
The trail greets you with a ledge, as well as a thick cord to hang on (to make sure you’re awake, of course). Luckily, after this, the majority of the trail is smooth-sailing.
By default, the trail will take you to a small waypoint with a chalet. An extension to the trail takes you on a steep upward hike, ending with a view of Grinnell Glacier.
We made a few friends along the way, including a pack of bighorn sheep and a fat chipmunk.
Without a doubt, this was the most arduous hike of the trip – but the unparalleled views were worth it. If you happen to be around this side of Glacier, I would highly recommend this hike.