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Glacier Trails Illustrated Map
National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map for Glacier National Park contains detailed topographic info, named and clearly marked trails, recreational points of interest, and navigational aids for both Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada.

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Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks provides details for more than 60 hikes, including trail descriptions, best hiking seasons, difficulty ratings, average hiking times, GPS- compatible maps, and hikes suited to every ability.

The Highline Trail to Haystack Pass

Trail Features: Outstanding views, Alpine meadows, flowers Highline Trail
Trail Location: Logan Pass
Roundtrip Length: 7.2 Miles
Total Elevation Gain: 825 Feet
Avg. Elev Gain / Mile: 229 Feet
Highest Elevation: 7024 Feet
Trail Difficulty Rating: 8.85 (moderate)
Parking Lot Latitude 48.69657
Parking Lot Longitude -113.71813

Trail Description:

The hike to Haystack Pass begins from the Highline Trailhead, located on the north side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road at Logan Pass. To avoid congestion and the frequently full parking lot at Logan Pass, you may want to consider taking the shuttle up to the pass.

ledgeThe Highline Trail is an extremely popular hike; and for 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. The exceptionally beautiful views, the excellent opportunities for spotting wildlife, and the wildflowers, all combine to make this a hike you'll remember the rest of your life. If you're looking for solitude, however, you won’t find it on this trail.

Roughly one-quarter of a mile from the trailhead you'll arrive at the famous ledge with the reputation for terrifying those with a fear of heights. In most places the ledge, hanging like a shelf on the Garden Wall, is only four to six feet in width, and has drop-offs of roughly a hundred feet or so down to the Going-to-the-Sun Road below. This segment lasts for only three-tenths of a mile, but may seem forever if you have a fear of heights. Fortunately the National Park Service has installed a hand cable along this stretch of the trail. My advice is to not let this deter you, as this is one of the most scenic trails in America.



Highline views

From here the trail continues to hug the cliffs and slopes of the Garden Wall, and does so for most of its length to Granite Park. Throughout the early portions of the hike Mt. Cannon, Mt. Oberlin and Heavens Peak will dominate the views towards the west.

Roughly 2.5 miles from Logan Pass the slopes of the Garden Wall begin to shallow out. Soon you'll begin the only major climb of the day, a short section of trail that takes hikers up to Haystack Pass.

Haystack Butte

At 3.6 miles, after climbing roughly 275 feet up one long switchback, hikers will reach Haystack Pass. At an elevation of 7024 feet, the pass forms the saddle between 7486-foot Haystack Butte and the Garden Wall, which at this point is technically the southeastern flank of Mt. Gould. With its outstanding panoramic views, Haystack Pass is also a popular spot for a snack or lunch break.

View from Haystack Pass

Many people will end their hike here, but if you still have the energy, the magnificent scenery continues all the way to the Granite Park Chalet and beyond.