Highline Trail

HARD 168 reviews
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Highline Trail is a 38.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near West Glacier, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
38.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
8740 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

The High-Line trail runs from the Logan Pass Visitors Center to The Loop Trail Head along the Garden Wall. The first 7.6 miles of the trail in easy with gradual elevation climb. After Granite Park Chalet the trail drops 2,200 feet in 4 miles to the Loop Trail Head. Expect heavy traffic and be early if you plan to park at the visitors center. The trail in very narrow in some places with steep drop offs. There are three other trails that joint the Highland at Granite Park Chalet allowing of alternative hiking options.

hiking
4 days ago

7 days ago

Amazing!

11 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

Did this in July with a few relatives (including a gutsy 6-year-old!) and it is one of the best trails I've ever done. Started from Logan Pass and ended on the loop trailhead (~12 miles total I think). It was absolutely gorgeous the entire time. Beautiful views to your left the whole way, including of bird woman falls and the mount heaven Glacier. Tons of wildflowers and beargrass meadows. We saw a grizzly mama and cub, a black bear (at uncomfortably close range- definitely bring bear spray!), a ptarmigan, and several mountain goats and marmot.

Start early for parking!!! Even if you're just parking at Logan and taking the shuttle up, it fills up by 9. Also, the shuttle stops running fairly early, so you'll want to get an early start if you want to use that as your transport.

There were plenty of people hiking it but never felt too crowded- maybe it was just because there's so much open sky. It is a serious hike with a few steep uphills and a long downhill at the end, so I would only recommend it if you're in decent shape. However, it is one of the top 10 hikes I've ever done so if you are in Glacier for more than a couple days, I would definitely take a day to tackle this one!

backpacking
19 days ago

If you only have one day, do this trail! Great views the whole way! May be a little windy at the start but gets much better after you get away from Logan Pass.

hiking
20 days ago

Hiked on August 30th...lots of smoke so long views were minimal. Hiked in three miles and hiked back to Logan Pass.

hiking
22 days ago

A must-go trail in GNP, but go prepared. Bring enough water and bear spray. We did not see any bear but saw a deer. If you start early enough, you can hike the first few miles before it gets hot.

However, there's so much smoke in the park recently that we could not get very good views/photos on the trail.

hiking
22 days ago

22 days ago

great hike! not hard, we did the loop. parked at the loop parking lot and shuttled to Logan pass, trailhead is across the street. The day we went there was no smoke impeading our views. Hike down from loop was hot, no views and long.

hiking
24 days ago

A bucket list hike for sure.

Millage is not accurate. From Logan Pass to The Loop is 12.9-13 miles, and if someone wants to do the steep part towards the overlook of Grinnell Glacier, then look around 14 miles and an added 1.5h that totally worth it.

A few points that people avoid/forget talking about:

Activity level: this is a long hike and it is hard, particularly the last 4 miles downhill towards the Loop. Make sure you have plenty of water, because this part for 3.5 miles is exposed to the sun with no shade and can be very hot (result of forest fire). Don’t forget that persons have had heat strokes at this particular part. On the 6th, that I hiked it temps reached 85F after 0100pm, and more than four people were in trouble going towards the Loop. In addition, make sure you are using trekking poles, because your knees will surely sue you!

Wildlife: Be very mindful about animals. People think that bears are the only threat but stay away from male mountain goats and give them plenty of space when they walk towards you on the trail. DO NOT yield from the cliff sides of the trail, because a male goat with attitude could knock you off your feet and off that cliff you go. I did not see any bears on the hike, because the heat and their choice of mid-day dens in mountain depressions that is cooler. By the way, stay on the trail. Do not wonder around, because there is a great possibility to surprise a bear.

Altitude: I am mentioning this primarily due to an incident that others and I had to assist. When you choose to travel to GNP or any other park in high elevation, educate yourself about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), talk to your physician, and try to understand the first signs of this illness, especially when planning a trip there within 2-3 days after arriving from elevations bellow 1000ft. AMS could affect anyone at any given time despite age, gender, fitness and health level, or prior altitude exposure. It is totally irrelevant. If you have a pounding headache and did not go away within 30-45min with ibuprofen, you must go back to Logan pass or descent to the Loop immediately and seek medical help. On my hike, a group of hikers from Florida had 2 members with severe AMS to the point of not been able to walk. Members managed to drug these two guys at Logan Pass.

Overall it is a magnificent hike and lifetime experience. Just take your time and enjoy the views, because videos or pictures cannot even remotely describe that experience.

hiking
24 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

Amazing views. Last 4 miles downhill was hard in the already tired feet. Well worth the blisters though!

hiking
27 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

Hiked to Granite Chalet for the Eclipse & lunch then as we sat there pondering on the trail going up to the Grinnell Glacier we decided to go for it. The views were amazing and so worth the uphill push. After that it was back to the Chalet for a quick break then down the loop. I agree, this route is rough, hot, and hard on the knees. My advise is to go back to Logan Pass the way you came! The views are amazing on this trail.

hiking
30 days ago

hiking
30 days ago

First 7 miles to Chalet are great. Downhill from there on loop is tedious, hot and hard on knees. I think better is to just return to Logan the way you came, can't beat the views.

hiking
1 month ago

Solid hike, but the hard difficulty is a mistake as it's an insanely easy hike outside of the distance. The 38.1 miles is the trail to another campground if memory serves, but if you take the shuttle to either The Loop or Logan's Pass, the trail is around 11 miles if you don't go the same way there and back.

Starting from Logan's Pass is easy, barely any elevation increase or decrease and just fantastic views. Going down the loop is rough on the knees, as is every trail in the park I learned. Recommend doing hidden lake after this one (behind logan's pass) and taking a dip, it's a tough trail too but the water felt great.