Hike to Grinnell Glacier Overlook via Highline Trail

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If you find yourself in Glacier National Park on the Highline Trail, a magnificent hike on its own, you should definitely push yourself to hike the extra 0.6 miles up to the Grinnell Glacier Overlook. It's a detour that should not be skipped!

There are two ways to get to this trail. Preferred route: Start the Highline Trail at Logan Pass. Hike 6.8 miles on a pleasantly gradual trail to get to the overlook trail. Alternate route: You can instead start at The Loop (shuttle stop), hike up to the Granite Park Chalet, and then hike an additional 0.8 miles to the beginning of the overlook trail for a total of 6.8 miles. This route is much steeper though, and you'll want to save your energy for the overlook trail itself.

The hike to the overlook is STEEP, gaining 1,000 feet in 0.6 miles, but it's well worth it as the views from the top are phenomenal. Take your time and drink plenty of water as this part of the trail is entirely exposed, like much of the Highline Trail. 

Once you reach the top, congrats! You're standing on an impressive notch on the Continental Divide overlooking (you guessed it) Grinnell Glacier and the various turquoise-colored lakes that it feeds. Using binoculars, you can see hikers taking a break at the top of the Grinnell Glacier hike. You may even spot a mountain goat or two hanging out at the overlook. Explore both sides of the notch as they'll each offer different views. On extra clear days, you can even see Many Glacier Hotel. 

Return the way you came, and remember to practice Leave No Trace principles. 

Pack List

  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Plenty of water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
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RT Distance 1.2 Miles
Elevation Gain 1000 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Lake
Scenic
Wildlife

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