Montana Nature March 16, 2017
The One Hike In Montana That’s Sure To Leave You Feeling Accomplished
Montana is a hiker’s paradise… and if you hike long enough, your endurance and bravery increases. The next time you’re looking for a challenging hike, head to Glacier National Park and conquer as much of the Highline Trail as you can. Whether or not you stay long enough to cover the entire 38 miles, you’ll feel extremely accomplished when you’re finished.
This trail, despite its difficulties, is one of the most highly rated backpacking trails in Glacier National Park.
With views like this, it's easy to see why.
The trail begins at the Logan Pass Visitors Center, running to the to The Loop Trail Head along the Garden Wall.
The first 7.5 miles of the trail are pretty easy, with a nice, gradual climb in elevation. But then the trail drops 2,200 feet in 4 miles to the Loop Trail Head.
You're practically guaranteed to see some Montana wildlife on this trail.
But this isn't the best hike to attempt if you're a beginner of scared of heights.
The trail gets very narrow in some places with some steep drops.
There are three other trails that join this one at the Granite Park Chalet, allowing you to have a slightly shorter hike.
Obviously, if you do all 38 miles, this will be a backpacking adventure.
But no matter which path you choose, the views will be breathtaking.
This is why this is one of Glacier National Park's most popular hikes, despite its challenges.
The best time to hike this trail is from April-October, with summers being the busiest times.
If you want to beat the crowds, head to Glacier as early in the season as you can.
Doesn't this make you excited for spring?
Hiking season is almost upon us.
The Highline Trail is definitely one of Montana’s lengthier hikes. For a slightly more reasonable journey, try one of these
trails that are under 5 miles in length.