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Granite Park via Highline Trail is a 11.2 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Siyeh Bend, Montana that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September.

Length 11.2 mi Elevation gain 1,466 ft Route type Point to Point

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

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Forest

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Waterfall

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Muddy

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No dogs

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Alan Miller
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HikingBugsGreat!

We did this hike as part of a two-night stay at Granite Chalet from July 30, 2020 through checkout on August 1. (Lodging reservations are available through their website daily, although spots fill up quickly.) Our one-way hike of 7.9 miles took from 8:15 to about noon, for a total of a little less than four hours. It was a really nice day with temps in the 70s and there was no snow on the trail. The bugs, including horse flies, were not bad in the early morning but they were pretty thick later in the day and over the next few days. This is a spectacular trail that is moderate and allows for plenty of breaks. It is ranked the number one hike on many lists, and there are a large number of people on the trail. We saw a lot of marmots and two mountain goats on or near the trail. Since the shuttle from the Loop is not running in 2020, it would be a long single-day hike unless you can shuttle two cars or hitch a ride from the Loop to Logan Pass. I’d recommend against hiking from or to the Loop if you can avoid it, since it is much less scenic and quite hot with little shade in the afternoon.

Jordan Cook
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Hiking

This trail is open but beware, thanks to our piece of shit Park Service and the lunacy surrounding COVID, they aren’t running shuttles this year. And no, they aren’t reducing admission fees or our taxes this year even though half this fucking Park is closed. So without the shuttle you have no way of getting between the Loop and Logan Pass. Thanks government.

Tracy Suhre
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The trail was not closed today 7/28. Started hiking today at 7:45 am and the parking lot at Logan pass was nearly full. The trail is in excellent condition with a little bit of snow 3.5 miles in at the saddle by Haystack. Bring bug spray and apply it liberally. There are lots of bugs and biting flies but the views are always worth it when you hike Highline. It was VERY busy, most people would don their masks when passing other hikers. Granite Chalet is open and serving snacks if you have a CC or Debit card. The last four miles down to the Loop trailhead are REALLY hot. Bring plenty of water and reapply your sunscreen often.

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Feng Han
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HikingBugs
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Kelly Patek
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Hiking

Almost didn't do this trail due to some of the reviews saying it was just like the drive. But so glad we went - it was truly amazing! We parked at the Loop, thumbed a ride (and met some awesome folks) to Logan's and started the trail at 1:30 (yup, late folks) and ended at 6:30, taking it slow but sure. Would love to do the Chalet sometime. Did not do the 0.6 mi excursion up as we had just done Grinnell Glacier and needed to save the ole knees. We were thankful for that decision the last 4 miles - which were hard on the bees knees! But we saw deer, big horn sheep, and a grizzly (my first encounter w/one and it was awesome!)! I would not recommend this trail for those scared of heights, but for those that are attracted to them like a magnet, this is the trail for us!

Catherine Sullivan
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Hiking

Absolutely loved the "Highline" portion of this trail from Logan Pass to the chalet. It wasn't at all strenuous and had incredible, sweeping views. The .6 miles up to see Granite Peak were grueling but totally worth it, and was really the only difficult part of the hike prior to the chalet. If we do this again, we will turn around at the chalet and head back to Logan Pass instead of taking the 4 miles down to the Loop. This 4 mile portion of the trail was fairly dry and entirely in the sun during the hot part of the afternoon, without really adding any benefit (or additional views) for the discomfort. As other people mentioned, it was also fairly hard on the knees, but that may have just been us overestimating our athletic ability! Nevertheless, any time you might save by decreasing the latter portion of the hike by doing 4 miles to the Loop instead of 7 back to Logan Pass, you are probably losing by having to wait catch the shuttle back to Logan Pass. All in all, really glad we did this hike but think the 7 miles back to Logan Pass would've made for a better return than the 4 miles to the Loop.

Randy Kallis
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Hiking

This trail was long. We were originally going to do just Haystack Butte, but I wanted to go farther. There is no shade on the back half of the trail, so bring hats and sunscreen. The back half was also 95% downhill. The first half was really shaded and not too bad.

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Joe Rizzo
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Hiking

Left at 6:30 am and had the trail to myself all the way until the Chalet. The views were stunning. Highly recommend.

Raquel Wise
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HikingRocky
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Kristin Atwood
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Hiking

Five star hike! Beautiful scenery and lots of wildflowers. Check out the Chalet at the top - the cookies are amazing

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Natalie M.
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After reading all the previous reviews, I knew I had to hike both the Highline trail to the chalet, and also the Grinnell Glacier Overlook. It took me about 6 hours to complete these sections. The problem is that at that point, I was at the Chalet and it was approaching 85 degrees in full sun at 1pm. The smart thing to do is to plan ahead to overnight at the Chalet and return early the next morning. Instead, I hiked down to the Loop. The first mile is okay as it goes through some shaded forest, but the last three are just brutal (from the sun/heat) and make the spur trail to the Grinnell Overlook look like a cakewalk. I wouldn't do that again, and I wouldn't recommend it unless you are exceptionally fit and fast on the trail, or it's a cool, cloudy day. Returning to Logan Pass via the highline trail also didn't seem like a good option either as I imagine that is also in full sun from 1-4 pm. TL;DR: Exceptional views as all have mentioned; would not recommend doing this as a day hike on a hot summer day.

Scott Nolan
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Hiking

Fantastic views the entire way.

Kimberly Nolan
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Hiking

Phenomenal views along this trail the entire hike leading to the Granite Park chalet. The remaining 4 miles have little to no shade and all downhill, which does not subtract from the awesomeness of this hike, just requires being prepared for these conditions in the heat as we hiked this trail August 1st. Minimal challenge along this 11.5 mile hike and worth every step. To view a detailed video of this hike go to Nolan Ventures on YouTube.

Michelle Lacombe
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Hiking

The last couple of miles to the Loop really suck. Make sure you have plenty of water and sunblock for this section.

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Joe Wiggins
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Hiking

I highly recommend the Highline which is my favorite trail!

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Ben Clark
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HikingRocky
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Joseph Stiles
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Vig V
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Hiking

I can’t recommend this hike enough! I had a tough time keeping my eyes on the trail as I was constantly rubbernecking to check out the vistas! I’d recommend getting to Logan Pass as early as possible (we took the first shuttle from Appar to Logan Pass) and starting there - hiking all the way to the Loop - a little over 11 miles one way. You can then take a shuttle from the loop either back to Logan Pass (if you’ve parked your car there) or westwards (like we did to get back to Appar). The 7.something hike up to Granite Park Chalet is moderate and the 4 mile descent to the Loop is a little steep, and the views are breathtaking, the wildflowers are currently in stunning bloom, and you’ll almost certainly see Mountain Goats and Marmots. Maybe a bear or two! And plenty of people! This is a really popular hike - and you’ll know why as soon as you set foot on it. While some sections do have chains fixed to the wall, I wouldn’t really call it a scary hike - the trail is pretty wide at those sections. Two other things to note: a) while some hikers start at the Loop and head back towards Logan Pass. I wouldn’t recommend it, as there are a ton of people starting at Logan Pass and it’s not super easy to hike against the flow especially at some of the narrower sections, b) if you do plan to take a shuttle back to Appar, plan for anything between an hour to 3 hours with tons of waiting - totally depends on whether you luck out with a shuttle with seats or not.

Joshua Lee
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Hiking

Beautiful trail! Unfortunately my timeline recording the shuttle ride back to Logan’s pass. But fantastic!

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Justin Luthey
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Hiking

Exceptional views every step of the way. You MUST take the additional .6 miles up the Garden Wall. No matter how tired you are. The entire trail is moderate at the worst but this section is very steep and difficult but so worth it. The views from the top were the best in the park we saw. Goats and deer were practically on the trail during the hike. When we took a bathroom break the the chalet, the trail up from the loop was briefly closed by rangers because of bear activity but all we ever saw was bear poop. Get to the trailhead early. We got the VERY LAST spot at Logan pass at 8:20am.

Danielle Burton
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Hiking

Parked at Logan's pass and hiked the highline down to the loop and took the shuttle back. Saw some mountain goats and deer. stopped at the chalet, cute place.

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Shilo Cavalcanti
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amazing experience!! we parked in Piegan Pass area, since Logan was a mess, and took shuttle to trailhead. The wall was truly nothing scary and I am terrified of falling ( see later on ). amazing views. super nice hikers. saw mountain goats, marmots, so many chipmunks, squirrels. other hikers saw a grizzly but we did not. we then reached the glacier overlook and did it. MAN, that 0.6 miles ( plus more to get to the actual top top) is a KILLER. this is where my fear of falling kicked in- coming downhill. also very hard on the knees. got to the chalet and hung out for a few moments. loop trail down was actually amazing steep on descent and further killed my poor knees. we thought the shuttle went to 7pm, but as it turned out, 6:28pm was the last pickup from Loop. so we found great people to hitchhike. next time we come to glacier, we will probably try reserving a night at the chalet and doing back and forth routes. chalet looks like a super cool experience.

Kaialani Niemann
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Hiking

This is an easy trail with great wildlife, wildflowers, and changing vistas. The landscape is stunning.

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Jenna Tran
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Hiking

it's a beautiful trail but strenuous. if you want to do the one way which is to take the loop down and take the free shuttle back to logan pass parking lot, beware of the wait for the shuttle. apparently they only reserve 2 seats per shuttle (during high peak hour) which runs every 15-30mins, so be prepared to wait for more than 45mins to catch the shuttle. my recommendation is to arrange for pickup using 2 cars or hitchhiking.

Orlando Gonzalez
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Hiking

Great hike. Lots of good views today. It was raining to the east and we only got light showers. A lot of ice patches at the top, we brought our ice cleats and only used them twice.

KELLI Hughes
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We hiked it the latter half of August 2018. The trail was busy. All types of hikers; flip flops with no water and experienced hikers. The flip floppers didn't go very far, thankfully. Lots of goats and sheep and small varmit. The smoke from the fires made the stay at Granite Park Chalet, along with no maturity of the staff (nice but no adults in charge) unbearable. We were to have stayed 2 nights but left after one, losing the money on that second night. We weren't the only ones not happy, there was a newlywed couple on their honeymoon who had a sad experience, too. We have stayed years at the sister chalet Sperry. Sperry had very good staffing with an adult in charge. Never going back to Granite Park for an overnight. Great hike thru with a lunch stop is recommended...... amazing hike ! Giving the hike 5 stars and the staffing at the chalet, 1 star......

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