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4 Top Day Hikes in Logan Pass

In: Glacier National Park

Exploring various hikes in Logan Pass is a jaw-dropping experience!  Every mile and every turn I take leaves me speechless and in awe of how beautiful the area is. Logan Pass sits at 6,646 ft (2,026 m) in elevation and it is located along the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park, in the U.S. state of Montana. It is the highest point on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. It is a starting pass for many of the day hikes and backpacking trips.

There are a lot of great hikes to explore in Logan Pass, here are some of the day hikes to checking it out.

1. Granite Park Chalet Via Highline Trail

Granite Park Chalet. Glacier National Park

Granite Park Chalet. Glacier National Park

Granite Park Chalet Via Highline Trail is a 15.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back with an elevation gain of 3333ft. The trail located near East Glacier Park, Montana that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking.

The chalet was built in 1914 by the Great Northern Railway and is a National Historic Landmark contributing property, being one of five structures in the Great Northern Railway Buildings district.

2. Highline Loop Trail

Highline Trail. Glacier National Park

Highline Trail. Glacier National Park

The Highline Loop hike begins from the north side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road at Logan Pass. The “Loop” refers to a bend in the road on the west side of the park where this hike ends. The best way to do this hike is to park at The Loop, located 13.1 miles east of the McDonald Lodge on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, and then take the free shuttle up to Logan Pass.

The exceptionally beautiful views, the excellent opportunities for spotting wildlife, and the wildflowers, all combine to make the Highline trail one of the popular trails at Logan Pass. The Highline Trail is an extremely popular hike and for a good reason. At every step, and every turn, hikers will have absolutely spectacular scenery as the Highline follows along the Continental Divide, also known as the Garden Wall in this area.

Highline Trail

Hikers hiking the Highline Trail. July, 2018

3. Hidden Lake Overlook – Hidden Lake

Hidden Lake - Glacier National Park

Beautiful day on the trail. Hidden Lake. Glacier National Park.

Hidden Lake Trail is a 4.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near East Glacier Park, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Uphill hike from the top of Logan Pass to great surprise view of Hidden Lake, with the option of hiking down to the lake. From Hidden Lake Overlook to Hidden Lake is an additional 1.4 miles one-way.  The trail gets pretty crowded, so it is always best to start hiking early in the morning and sometimes the best time to spot wildlife.  It is a great hike that is not to be missed!

4. Reynolds Mountain Peak

Reynolds Mountain

Looking over at Hidden Lake.   Reynolds Mountain. Glacier National Park

Climbing to the top of Reynolds Mountain (9,125 feet (2,781 m)) is a great experience!  Reynolds Mountain is located about 1.5 miles south of the Logan Pass Visitor Center in Glacier National Park. The short approach and relatively small elevation gain of about 2,500 feet make this an easy day climb by any of the four established routes.

Reynolds Mountain is situated along the Continental Divide and is easily seen from Logan Pass by looking due south from the pass. Hidden Lake is located below Reynolds Mountain to the west. Reynolds is a class 2(3) climb via the southwestern talus slope route that allows many people to easily climb the peak. It is 11 miles round-trip.

Reynolds Mountain Views

Views from the Reynolds Mountain Trail.

Wild Mountain Goat. Glacier National Park

Wild Mountain Goat guarding the trail.

St. Mary and Logan Pass Map

St. Mary and Logan Pass Map

St. Mary and Logan Pass Map

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