The Garden Wall

HARD 26 reviews
#8 of 117 trails in

The Garden Wall is a 14.7 mile moderately 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 April until October.

DISTANCE
14.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,507 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

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. (I did not take highline trail back to Logan pass. )
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
2 months ago

This trail is a must do in Glacier - unless big exposure is a no-no. The views are just amazing. We hit a cold pouring-down rain from the Granite Park Chalet to The Loop. If we are in Glacier again this is a re-do for sure but we will hope for a clear sky. I would not classify this trail as hard unless the elevation or distance is a problem for you.

10 months ago

Definitely take the trail from Logan Pass and go up to the wall (it's worth the difficult incline), then down past the chalet to the loop. My only reason for four stars instead of five is the sheer amount of traffic on the trail and having to pause to pass.

11 months ago

Tough jaunt up to the window, but once there you are greeted with some amazing views of both sides of the divide!

11 months ago

The view is worth it, but it's definitely recommended that you be fit enough to handle the elevation gain and drop. The unparalleled view, however, really makes the struggle worth it.

hiking
11 months ago

Whole family loved, loved, loved this trail. Fav was the Glacier Overlook even though my asthmatic kids did have to pause a moment as the air was tougher to catch their breath. Can't wait to do it again!

hiking
11 months ago

Amazing. The wall ascent was tough, but the view from the top, wow. Lots of traffic today, but worth every bit of the pain I'm going to feel tomorrow.

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

I've hiked this twice on my way up the Highline, worth every step although a bit tricky in a windy hail storm.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Amazing views that photos do not do justice. I saw a herd of bighorn sheep 10 feet away, plus a mountain goat. Lots of exposure to the elements on the way back so be prepared. Views from the chalet are amazing.

hiking
Sunday, August 04, 2013

Awesome hike. Really easy, great views, and cool wildlife. I went just after it stopped raining and fog was covering the whole valley below. So beautiful.

hiking
Saturday, October 13, 2012

One of the easiest hikes in glacier except for the distance, and for that reason probably the busiest trail in Glacier Park. Spectacular views the whole way. Took the spur up to Grinnell Glacier, up all the way, but worth it, great views. So many waterfalls along the trail. Recommend starting at Logan Pass, After the chalet it's all down hill. Had a ride waiting to pick me up at going-to-the-sun-road.

hiking
Monday, October 01, 2012

This is a very popular Glacier Park hike for serious hikers. Part of the Highline trails, owing to spectacular vistas, excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, and low level of difficulty by starting at Logan Pass. The trail follows the west face of the Continental Divide, maintaining a relatively constant elevation to Granite Park Chalet, from there the trail heads down to the Going-to-the-Sun road at "the loop". Elevation gain 830, elevation loss to the loop 3025. Many spur trail options off this trail, including the 8/10 trail up to a notch in the Garden Wall for a view of Grinnell Glacier which I recommend highly. Spent 10 days hiking @ Glacier & it could have been 30. Glacier is a serious hikers paradise, IMO.

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