Hike to Granite Park Chalet via Highline Trail

Montana Highline Loop Trailhead

Added by Derek Vander Ark

Granite Park Chalet, over a century old, is one of the many attractions to be discovered in Glacier National Park. At nearly 7,000 ft. above sea level, the chalet offers incredible views of surrounding mountain peaks and miles of Glacier's breathtaking beauty.

The trailhead for the Highline Trail is located near the west side of Logan's Pass. Parking is limited at the Pass so arriving early to guarantee a spot, or taking a park shuttle (no fee) is suggested. The shuttles run consistently during the day at different locations throughout the Park. However, these shuttles stop running in the evening, so make sure that you have an alternative way to get down the pass if you choose to stay out longer past the designated shuttle times. This trail follows Going to the Sun Road, and has a few exposed areas off the cliffside that exhibits the grandeur of Glacier National Park. For those who have a fear of heights, there is a cable to hold onto for safety.

The trail leads directly to Granite Park Chalet, and it can be seen from quite a distance while hiking. Before reaching the Chalet, there is another route that backtracks and has a pretty intense incline to a notch which overlooks Grinnell Glacier. The climb, although tiring, is well worth the view from the top.

Once reaching the Granite Park Chalet, take a break and each some lunch. Enjoy the history behind the building, and explore the surrounding area. If you reserve a spot well ahead of time, you may even be able to spend a night in the Chalet. Current rates go for $100 for the first person and $80 for any additional person in a room.

Pack List

  • Hiking Boots
  • Backpack
  • Water (Crucial)
  • Food (unless you plan to buy lunch at the Chalet)
  • Headlamp
  • Rain jacket
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Bear Spray
  • Insect Repellent
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Activities:

Backpacking, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Summer

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

11.8 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1950 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Bathrooms
Scenic
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3 months ago

Must Do in GNP

The Highline is THE premier hike in Glacier National Park. If you are looking at doing this, make sure you try to book reservations for the chalet in January of the year you are attempting to stay at the chalet, the spots fill up fast! If you couldn't reserve a spot or planned a spontaneous trip to the Park, check the website for cancellations.

3 months ago

4 months ago

Pick A Sunny Day

Go on a clear day for great views.

4 months ago

Added by Derek Vander Ark

Born in Washington, Raised in Montana, Temporarily residing in Iowa. Crisp air, dense forests, cold lakes, towering summits, and clapping thunder is what I like best--- Sharing the landscapes that I experience through photography is what I enjoy most.

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