The ultra-scenic Highline Trail could be the best trail in Glacier National Park. Because the path trips along tree line, mountain views are plentiful, huge and endless.
From Logan Pass, the 11.6-mile route cuts through a cliff below the Garden Wall before trotting up to Haystack Saddle. After the saddle, it climbs to the highest point before descending to traverse several large basins to Granite Park Chalet.
At 7.6 miles, hikers can overnight by reservation at the log and stone Granite Park Chalet, where scenery is the selling point. You’ll stare Heaven’s Peak and bears prowling through Bear Valley. The rustic accommodations are hostel-like. Bring your own food and bedding, or arrange during booking to purchase freeze-dried meals and rent bedding. You’ll also need to haul water from a nearby stream.
From Granite Park Chalet, a four-mile trail drops to The Loop on Going-to-the-Sun Road. From the chalet, other trails connect to Swiftcurrent Lookout, Swiftcurrent Pass, Many Glacier, Fifty Mountain and
Grinnell Glacier Overlook.
To hike the route point-to-point, use the shuttles on Going-to-the-Sun Road. Take an early morning shuttle to Logan Pass to launch onto the trail. From The Loop, take a shuttle to return to your lodging.