Glacier National Park: The Garden Wall via Highline Trail

Pass through some of the wildest land in the Lower 48 on this stout 11.3-mile route that offers a wildlife showcase of grizzlies, mountain lions, moose, and wolverines.
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Pass through some of the wildest land in the Lower 48 on this stout 11.3-mile route that offers a wildlife showcase of grizzlies, mountain lions, moose, and wolverines.

PERMIT: Overnight camping in Glacier National Park requires a backcountry permit. Check out the latest fees and more details at nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/backcountry.htm.
MORE PARK INFO: Glacier National Park, (406) 888-7800; nps.gov/glac/.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 18.2

Waypoints

GLR001

Location: 48.6965551, -113.7181199

Begin @ Highline trailhead across from visitor center parking lot

GLR002

Location: 48.7086716, -113.7158966

Mountain goats abound near small waterfall plunging into valley

GLR003

Location: 48.7343138, -113.72298

Brief break in switchbacks; cross creek; often capped by small snowfield

GLR004

Location: 48.7450403, -113.7398028

Hike along corridor sprinkled with beargrass, Indian paintbrush, and asters with striking views of Garden Wall

GLR005

Location: 48.763912, -113.7545657

Bear R @ T

GLR006

Location: 48.7676318, -113.7579346

Slight L @ intersection. Option: Turn R and hike to Grinnell Glacier overlook, a steep yet rewarding
sidetrip

GLR007

Location: 48.7712664, -113.7707877

Head L, skirting Granite Park to L

GLR008

Location: 48.7708139, -113.7720537

Granite Park Chalet; a fun, rustic cabin to reserve for the night; often visited by grizzlies

GLR009

Location: 48.7686784, -113.7771392

Stay L, hiking through charred snags with fresh fireweed and blooming wildflowers

GLR010

Location: 48.7569527, -113.8074589

Veer L @ Y toward The Loop

GLR011

Location: 48.754859, -113.8003564

Going-to-the-Sun Road; catch shuttle bus ($8) to return to lot, or run your own shuttle

The Garden Wall at Grinnell Glacier Overlook

Location: 48.7676601, -113.7576127

The Garden Wall from the Grinnell Glacier Overlook at Glacier National Park.