Highline Trail to Granite Park

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Highline Trail to Granite Park is a 11.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near East Glacier Park, 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.

DISTANCE
11.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,466 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

backpacking

birding

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nature trips

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forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

old growth

rocky

no dogs

hiking
9 days ago

We hiked on 7/5/2018. This is the greatest hike for day hikers in the park!
1. Route: I started from the Logan pass, took the garden trail/ highline trail, detoured at the 7 mile to Grinnell glacier overlook (out & back), passed by the Granite Park Chalet, and ended up at the trail head of the loop.
2.Great view: you will pass snow, bushes, water falls, pine forest, meadows and creeks.
3. Location of the detour to Grinnell Glacier overlook: The overlook is 7 miles from Logan pass down and 4 miles with 2k elevation gain from the trail head of the loop. The trail to the overlook is 0.6 mile one-way with elevation gain of 1000ft, very strenuous.
4. Gears: We did not use hiking poles but it is recommended if you want to go to the overlook. The road up to the overlook is steep and narrow.
5. Road conditions: some part of the trail was covered by snow and water.
6. Wear: most people end up short sleeves w/ long sleeves carried w them.
7. Water: bring at least 2L water per person.
8. Commute: if you take the shuttle from Apgar Village, you have to get off the shuttle at Avalanche Creek Shuttle Stop to transfer to small size shuttle to get to Logan pass. It took us TWO hours to commute by shuttle bus from Apgar village to Logan pass. The large shuttle takes about 23-24 people (leave 4 seats for people from other stops) and small shuttle takes 14-15 persons from Avalanche. I had to wait for the second shuttle for both locations.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked on August 2, 2017. It was foggy and misty but with regular breaks of sunlight. This is one of the best hikes I have ever done. Magical views of Glacier National Park; water, multi-colored rocks, sunlight, greenery and wildflowers everywhere. The top down hike was still challenging enough and the park shuttle back to the parking lot was much appreciated!

hiking
5 months ago

There is a reason why this hike is rated as #1 in most travel guides that I've seen. It is also extremely popular, so be advised that parking is an issue at Logan Pass unless you arrive really early, and the lower parking lots fill up quickly too. When we visited (July 2017), there was no waiting system in place, so all the cars waiting for a free spot would just cruise through the lot and if you got lucky, someone would leave just as you were approaching. If you didn't get lucky, well, you could spend your day driving around the parking lot.
Anyway, back to the hike itself, as others have said, the views are absolutely stunning, and they also change significantly as you go, so you really don't get bored. A lot of people on the trail seem to only go as far as the Haystack Butte before turning around so, beyond there, things get significantly quieter, even though the views are no less spectacular. We saw several marmots and, apparently, missed a bear with a cub by minutes. Flowers were in full bloom in mid-July.
The last section from the Granite Chalet down to the road is not terribly exciting but it's also not very long, even if it can get a tad tedious on a hot day. If you are planning to take the park shuttle back to Logan, be prepared to wait, as they can come pretty full already.
Anyway, if there is just one hike that you are going to do in Glacier and don't mind that it can be pretty busy, this one is a great choice!

11 months ago

All previous reviews are correct. Amazing hike with amazing views. If you don't think you can make the 11 mile trip to the loop, I'd recommend going in a couple of miles and back. The views will be well worth it

hiking
11 months ago

We did this 2 days ago, starting out at 8:30am. Note: the parking lot at Logan Pass was already full by 8am. We parked at the lower lot and hiked up to trailhead. Heavily trafficked at the beginning but people really thinned out after haystack butte. The cliff walk is wide enough for three across, wildflowers were gorgeous (bear grass was past peak, but lots of beautiful fireweed). Views were spectacular but heavy smoke in the area from wildfires in MT, ID, and Canada really affected air quality. It took us about 4 hours to get to the Chalet from TH. Pack lunch and enjoy the view once you get there!

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