Highline Trail

Essex, MT
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Highline Trail is a 11.6 mile point-to-point trail located near Essex, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking & nature trips and is accessible from July until September.

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.

FROM THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE WEB SITE

Glacier National Park is located in the northwest corner of Montana along the spine of the Rocky Mountains.

By Car
West Entrance Near the communities of Kalispell, Whitefish, and Columbia Falls, the West Entrance provides access to the Lake McDonald area, Park Headquarters, the Apgar Visitor Center and is the west entry point to the Going-to-the-Sun-Road. From Kalispell, take Highway 2 north to West Glacier (approximately 33 miles).

St. Mary, Two Medicine, and Many Glacier Entrances Closest to the town of Browning, all three entrances can be reached by taking Highway 89 north from Great Falls to the town of Browning (approximately 125 miles) and then following signage to the respective entrance. The St. Mary Entrance is the east entry point of the Going-to-the-Sun-Road and provides access to the St. Mary Visitor Center and services at Rising Sun. The Many Glacier Entrance provides access to the Many Glacier Valley and visitor services at the Many Glacier Hotel and the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn.

By Air
Several commercial service airports are located within driving distance of Glacier National Park.

West Entrance - Glacier Park International Airport is located near Kalispell and is approximately 30 miles west of the West Entrance. Missoula International Airport is located approximately 150 south of the West Entrance.

St Mary, Two Medicine, and Many Glacier Entrances - Great Falls International Airport is located between 130 miles to 165 miles east of East Glacier Park, St Mary, Two Medicines and Many Glacier Entrances.

Car rentals are available at airports. Shuttles are available at the Kalispell airport.

By Train
Amtrak services both East Glacier and West Glacier. Glacier Park Inc., provides a shuttle service at these locations. Please call them at 406-892-2525 for more information.

There are also entrance fee to use the park http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/entrance-fees.htm

Parking is VERY limited at the Logan Pass Visitors Center. No parking at the Loop Trailhead

http://www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm

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Relativity easy and very scenic. Highly recommended!

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I agree, this hike is a classic MUST in the bucket list. I did it this past summer, started from Logan's Pass hiked to the Grinnell overlook (I've been to the chalet before-no need this time), up the garden wall trail (left my pride on the ground) and huffed and puffed it up to that amazing view!! Returned to Logan's. This is my one day max. Great to start in the early a.m. with the sun coming up and better chance for wildlife. Sure keeps the camera busy. AWESOME being in Glacier.

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One of the best hikes in the country. This has lots of wildlife and breath taking views. Don't miss the spur trail up to the Grinnel glacier overlook. It will work the lungs but it is worth it. After the overlook you can rest for a bit at Granite Park Chalet. A must do hike if you are at Glacier.

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One of my favorite hikes. You can start from Logan's Pass or The Loop. If you want a better workout start from the Loop, you'll also get the hard part through the burned forest done first. I did the trail starting at Logan's Pass. If you are afraid of heights don't do this hike! You start on a rock wall on a narrow path with a hose as a railing to hold on to. Sometimes mountains goats like to use the trail so be prepared. The trail has some of the most beautiful views of the parks and the landscape varies from meadows, rocky, forests, and streams. Lots of flowers. You'll also pass the Granite Park Chalet. It's a nice place to grab a soda, rest for a bit, and continue your hike. Bring plenty of water- the section that goes through the burned forest can get hot in the summer. It's a must do hike, and I would say kids who love to hike can do it. I'd recommend 10 years or older just because of the heights. Have fun!

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Hiked this trail a few years ago with 2 of my great friends.. Amazing views, and got amazing pictures.. If you don't like heights this trail isn't for you!! I loved it!!

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19 Completed 16 Reviews

Hiked this trail a couple of years ago. Amazing. The trail was moderate in difficulty. Beautiful vistas. Saw some goats and bears. We took it easy on the trail to enjoy all the views.

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amazing!!! bucks, deer, mountain goats, ram/sheep, black bears!, elk. we had the most fantastic time on this trail. the change in landscapes are stunning, and views just jaw dropping and awe-inspiring. I highly recommend this trail!

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19 Completed 8 Reviews

I can only say it's a must do because of all the other raves I have heard... I hiked it in a mid september snowstorm/rainstorm on a backpack of the Granite Park loop. I can attest to the fact that the park crews do an amazing job with trail work and upkeep - there really is some great stone work in the trail!! No critters, no other people besides a couple that left the Fifty Mtn campground behind us. Rangers at the Chalet are AWESOME, and shared some heat with us on a cold day.

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Best. Freaking. Trail. Ever.
This is the hike that all hikes are compared to The Highline spares no second in providing incredible panoramic views, and combines length of trail with elements of danger, variety of terrain, extraordinary plant species and the opportunity for up-close encounters with wildlife (mountain goat/sheep, marmot, grizzly bear). With the Granite Park Chalet awaiting your arrival, along with a smattering of happy, friendly hikers floating on clouds of accomplishment, this trail simply transcends all others. Should you choose to begin at the Logan's Pass entrance and hike to the chalet, you can choose to then descend another 3 miles down the "the Loop" on Going-to-the-Sun Highway where a FREE shuttle will transport you back to your car at Logan's Pass! Recommended for everyone, this is a bucket-list experience!

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