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Guided Hike On The Highline Trail Glacier National Park

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Embark on the ultimate hiking adventure with our guided tour of the Highline Trail in Glacier National Park! This iconic trail is known as one of the park's most famous for good reason. It offers breathtaking vistas of the billion-year-old geological features near the continental divide that make Glacier National Park so unique.

This hike is approximately 4 miles out and 4 miles back to Logan Pass.

Starting in Columbia Falls, we will enter West Glacier and wind our way up the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road, immersing ourselves in the park's rich history, geology, and wildlife along the way. Once at Logan Pass, our expert guides will lead you on the trail for an in-depth exploration of the alpine environments, wildlife habitats, and stunning geologic formations that make this trail a must-visit. Guides share tales of the park's past and you will gain a deeper appreciation for the natural wonders that surround you.

As you hike along the trail, your senses come alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of this pristine wilderness. Marvel at one of the most panoramic views in the continental US. The rugged beauty of the billion-year-old geological features is simply mesmerizing, with towering peaks, pristine alpine meadows, and crystal-clear streams that glisten in the sunlight.

This guided hiking tour promises an unforgettable experience, combining natural beauty with educational insights, making it perfect for nature enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and those looking to deepen their understanding of Glacier National Park's ecological wonders on a bucket list Glacier hike.

Why Book This Hike?

  • Best Views- Unprecedented panoramic views over Mt. Oberlin, Heavens Peak and McDonald Creek drainage below make for memorable photos and overlooks.
  • Skip The Parking Dilemna - None of the normal headaches of getting a vehicle reservation pass or trying to find parking at Logan Pass Visitor Center at 10AM.
  • Amazing Guides - We can already tell you'll like them! Your knowledgeable guide will share information about the wildlife, geology and history of the area along the way, deepening your appreciation for Glacier and helping you feel safe along the hike.

Important Information

  • All participants must be able to hike ~8 miles and 850 ft of elevation gain.
  • Meeting Point - This tour meets in Columbia Falls, MT about 20 minutes from the entrance to West Glacier. Open in Google Maps.
  • Must buy a Glacer pedestrian entry pass prior to arrival (this is not a vehicle reservation, as that is included in the tour)

What's Included

Expert Guide
Roundtrip Transportation From Meeting Point to Highline Trailhead
Going-to-the-Sun Road Vehicle Reservation
Glacier National Park Site Pass
Food/Drinks (lunch available as an add-on)
Guide Gratuity

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difficulty level of the Highline Trail in Glacier National Park?
The difficulty level of the Highline Trail in Glacier National Park can vary depending on factors such as weather conditions and individual fitness levels. Generally, it is considered a moderately strenuous hike with some steep sections and narrow areas along the trail that may require caution and use of the hand rail. On our guided hike, we cover 8 miles round trip with about 850 feet of elevation change.
Are there any safety considerations or precautions I should be aware of before embarking on the Highline Trail hike?
While the Highline trail may look intimidating, the reality is that most of the trail has fairly limited exposure. Walk cautiously in areas with exposure and keep good footing or poles for balance. Carry bear spray at all times in the Park and give any wild animals a wide radius. Most importantly, be prepared for rapidly changing weather and bring the right gear to avoid hypothermia.
How many people are in this group?
Group hiking tours in Glacier National Park allow a maximum of 14 people and typically range between 8-12 people per group. If you're interested in a private hiking experience check out our Private Glacier National Park Tour or contact Glacier Tourbase directly.
How long is the Highline Trail and how long does it take to complete?
The Highline Trail is approximately 11.8 miles (19 km) long, but the full length may not be necessary to complete for the day hike. On our guided day hikes we go approximately 4 miles out and another 4 miles back. The duration of the hike can vary depending on factors such as pace, rest stops, and time spent at points of interest, but it can take ~5-7 hours to complete the entire trail as a day hike.
What should I pack for a day hike in Glacier National Park?
Comfortable hiking shoes, at least 1-2 liter water bottle, backpack, rain gear, hat, and sunscreen. Weather can be varied so please be prepared with appropriate clothing, especially warm layers for potential snow and high winds. Binoculars are also very useful, but optional, as well as any field guides that interest you.
Can I expect to see wildlife during the hike, and what measures are taken to ensure safety with wildlife?
Seeing wildlife is a definite possibility on the hike. Different parts of the part provide opportunities to see different types of animals such as deer, big horn sheep, goats, ducks and other aviary species, bears, marmots and more. Traveling as a group is a great way to avoid confrontations with bears. Make noise, carry bear spray and give wildlife plenty of space to enjoy their natual habitat.

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8h 00min

The minimum age for participants is 10 years old.


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