Highline Trail | Guided Day Hike

This is arguably Glacier National Park's most famous hiking trail

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Distance

8 Miles

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Elevation Gain

825 Feet

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Difficulty

Moderate

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Cost Per Person

$100

Hike Overview

The Highline Trail is arguably Glacier National Park’s most famous hiking trail. Departing from Logan Pass, this trail leads you through some of the most scenic vistas in the lower 48, all while in view of billion-year-old geological features. We will wind our way up the Going-to-the-Sun-Road from the west entrance, taking time to learn about the geology, wildlife, and cultural history along the way. Once at Logan Pass, we will begin our hike for an in-depth look at alpine environments, wildlife habitats, and a stunning geologic

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Highline Trail | Guided Day Hike

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Educational Guided Tour

This is the ultimate hiking experience! The Highline is arguably Glacier National Park’s most famous trail. Departing from Logan Pass, this trail leads you through some of the most scenic vistas in the lower 48, all while in view of billion-year-old geological features. We will wind our way up the Going-to-the-Sun Road from the west entrance, taking time to learn about the geology, wildlife, and cultural history along the way. Once at Logan Pass, we will begin our hike for an in-depth look at alpine environments, wildlife habitat, and a stunning geologic overview.

Physical Requirements: Total Distance (roundtrip): 8 miles / Total elevation gain: 825 feet

Meeting Place: Glacier Institute, 320 Nucleus Ave, Columbia Falls, MT 59912

Food: Please bring a trail lunch, plenty of water and snacks for the day.

Park Entrance Fees: Participants are responsible for purchasing their park entry passes prior to the course. These can be purchased online at: https://www.recreation.gov/sitepass/74280

Equipment: Most importantly, bring comfortable hiking shoes, at least 1-2 liter water bottle, backpack, rain gear, hat, and sunscreen. Weather can be varied, especially at the varying elevations of Logan Pass, so please be prepared with appropriate clothing, especially warm layers for potential snow and high winds. Binoculars are very useful, but optional, as well as field guides that interest you.

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What to Expect On Your Highline Trail | Sun Road Day Hike

We will spend the day exploring one of the popular trails of Glacier National Park. The hiking distance covers 8 miles and 825 elevation change.

Hike Details

  • This Glacier Institute program meets at 320 Nucleus Ave, Columbia Falls.
  • The program will begin 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. Please arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Hiking distance covers 8 miles with 825 feet elevation change.
  • On-site parking available.
  • There is a maximum number of 14 hikers per trip.
  • This program has a minimum guest count of 3 people. In the unlikely case we don’t reach that number, you will be notified prior to the event.

What to Bring

Please remember that weather in NW Montana during all seasons can change quickly from warm and sunny to freezing at any time of the year. We recommend checking the weather prior to your trip. Please also check your course information sheet for specific gear requirements in addition to those listed below.

  • Lightweight hiking boots or a sturdy pair of hiking shoes
  • 2 liter sized water bottle or Camelback
  • Day Pack with plastic bag liner or cover
  • Waterproof rain jacket and pants
  • Sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellant & lip balm
  • Camera (optional)
  • Trekking poles, if you like to use them for hiking (optional)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Field Notebook notes and sketches

Download complete checklist here