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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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/.
- Distance: 18.2
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Begin @ Highline trailhead across from visitor center parking lot
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Mountain goats abound near small waterfall plunging into valley
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Brief break in switchbacks; cross creek; often capped by small snowfield
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Hike along corridor sprinkled with beargrass, Indian paintbrush, and asters with striking views of Garden Wall
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Bear R @ T
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Slight L @ intersection. Option: Turn R and hike to Grinnell Glacier overlook, a steep yet rewarding
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Head L, skirting Granite Park to L
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Granite Park Chalet; a fun, rustic cabin to reserve for the night; often visited by grizzlies
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Stay L, hiking through charred snags with fresh fireweed and blooming wildflowers
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Veer L @ Y toward The Loop
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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
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The Garden Wall from the Grinnell Glacier Overlook at Glacier National Park.