Mileage: 15.7 miles

Today we moved on to Logan Pass in another area of Glacier National Park, 39 miles by car from Many Glacier.  This day’s hike, the Highline Loop, began there on the Continental Divide.

continintal divide
We could not resist a little silly business by mimicking the trail sign.

highline trail
Initially, the trail followed the contour of the cliff face high above the Going to the Sun Road, which can be seen in the lower left, below.

walking highline trail
Leaving the cliff face behind, our trail  could be seen across the loose rock hillside, with the “Garden Wall” up the hill to our right.

garden wall
The walking was easy going with far reaching views in all directions.

open walking on highline trail
For most of the afternoon we had an airplane’s view of Lake McDonald where our next lodging was located.

lake McDonald

The Fall colors were beautiful along the Garden Wall.

fall colors
Marmots were very much in evidence and were not shy about having their photos taken.

marmot
Our lunch stop was at the Granite Park Chalet which was easily seen long before we reached it.

granite park chalet

As we relaxed over lunch we realized we could see Mt. Gould framed by a mountain ridge – we had been on the other side of that ridge looking up at Mt. Gould yesterday!  The Salamander snow patch and Upper Grinnell Lake were just over that ridge which was a 30 minute trail away.  It would have been fun to climb up the ridge and look down upon  yesterday’s trail.  Wish I had taken the time…

view of mount gould
Leaving the chalet we soon entered a surreal forest of dead trees from a fire some ten years earlier.  Fall colors were very much in evidence as the shrubbery was exposed to full sun in this unique “forest”.

fire trailfall-colors-in-burn.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This spectacular hike ended at “The Loop”, a drastic hairpin turn on the Going to the Sun Road, where a park service shuttle picked us up and returned us to Logan Pass.  From Logan Pass we drove down to Lake McDonald and our lodging at The Lake McDonald Lodge Complex.

 

3 thoughts

    1. Thank you! The Highline Trail is definitely worth it! As I have been enjoying sorting through my photos, I realize that I must return as well!

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