Hiking in Glacier National Park

August 9th, 2012 by teresa

Highline Trail to The Loop and Granite Park Chalet

Location:             Logan Pass

Distance:             7.6 miles to Granite Park Chalet, 11.6 miles to The Loop

Duration:             5-6 hours

Elevation gain:  830 feet – 3,026 foot loss

Effort:                   moderate

Trailhead:           across GTTS Rd from Logan Pass parking lot

The Highline Loop hike begins from  the north side  of the GTTS Rd at Logan Pass. Although this hike includes the word “loop” in its name, this is actually a one-way hike. The “loop” refers to the bend in the road on the west side of the Park where this hike ends. The best way to do this hike is to park at the loop located 13.1 miles east of the Lake McDonald Lodge o the GTTS Rd and then take the shuttle up to. The views along this trail are nothing less than incredible. You reach Granite Park Chalet a 7.6 miles and from there down to The Loop it is very steep and passes through a burn area dotted with beautiful fireweed. Granite Park Chalet sells packaged foods, beverages, snacks and bottled water. From Granite Park Chalet you can take a 5 mile roundtrip side hike to Swiftcurrent Lookout for sweeping 360 views or a 2 mile roundtrip side hike to Swiftcurrent Pass for incredible views down to the Many Glacier Valley including Bullhead and Red Rock Lakes. A spur trail off the Highline Trail east of Granite Park Chalet leads steeply 0.8 miles to Grinnell Glacier Overlook where you can look straight down on to beautiful Grinnell Glacier.

 

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