If for whatever reason we are unable to access the Highline Trail, we will choose an alternate hike of similar elevation gain/loss and mileage, such as Apgar Lookout. Questions? Send an email to info@glacierguides.com.

Highline Trail

Highline Trail Trip Details

Only one day in Glacier? Don’t miss the vibrant wildflowers, precipitous peaks and pristine alpine environment of the Highline Trail. Discover why Glacier is called the Crown of the Continent on our Tuesday hike.

Difficulty: Moderate, 7.2 miles, 825 feet in elevation gain

Dates: Tuesdays from July through September.

Trip Duration: 1 Day

Price Adult: $120.00
Price Child: $120.00 Minimum Age: 10
Additional Fees: $20 park entrance fee and gratuity for guide not included.

Reservations required in advance.

Highline Trail Experience

We’ll hike the Highline Trail (also known as the Garden Wall) to Haystack Butte and back, about 7 miles round trip.

Times are approximate:

7:45 am – 9:30 am: Meet your guide at our West Glacier office at 7:45 am. Your guide will give a quick orientation, check over your gear for the day, and go over last minute details. Then we drive the spectacular Going to the Sun Road, a stunning architectural achievement, to the trailhead at Logan Pass.

9:30 am – 12 pm: The Highline Trail is an alpine environment with wide open views of Glacier’s majestic peaks and the Continental Divide. You’ll remember this hike forever. There are often opportunities to watch mountain goats or bighorn sheep on this trip. Our guides are passionate and encyclopedic about Glacier National Park — no matter your level of hiking experience, we promise they’ll teach you something new.

12 pm – 1 pm: We will climb to the saddle of Haystack Butte, where we will enjoy a hearty and healthy lunch. Our trail lunches are largely locally and organically sourced, and generally  include homemade cookies, fresh fruit and vegetables, chips, and your choice of a turkey, ham, roast beef, or veggie sandwich. Our in house kitchen can accommodate nearly any dietary restriction or preference – just ask! While we eat, we’ll look for sheep, goats, and other critters.

1 pm – 5:30 pm: From Haystack Butte, we return along the same route. (If you’d like to hike the entire length of the Highline Trail, be sure to check out our Granite Park Chalet trip!) On the way home, your guide will answer any questions that you might have about the park. You’ll end the day knowing more about Glacier National Park than you ever expected! We typically get back to the Glacier Guides and Montana Raft office around 5:30 PM.

More Highline Trail Info

Reservations required in advance. This trail can be very busy during the middle of the summer.

What should I bring? Click here for our packing list for day trips. If you forget something, don’t worry – we have a great Gear & Gift shop!

Meeting Notes: Guests are welcome to check in with us the day prior to departure: 406-387-5555 or info@glacierguides.com. The day of the trip please arrive at our office by 7:45 AM. Click on directions for how to find us.

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