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One of the most popular hiking trails in the park – and one of the most strenuous – the Highline Trail follows the Continental Divide and features stunning scenery of glacial valleys, alpine meadows and a famous ledge called the Garden Wall. Here, the trail narrows to just a few feet and the drop-offs are known to terrify those with a fear of heights. The park service has installed a hand cable along this stretch of the ridge for safety. Because the trail is 11 miles round-trip, it's not considered suitable for novice hikers (although there is a short loop to visit only the Garden Wall). The Garden Wall is located a quarter mile from the trailhead for those who prefer the shorter hike.
To reach the one-way trail, travelers recommended parking at The Loop (located around 13 miles east of Lake McDonald Lodge) and hopping on the free park shuttle up to Logan Pass, where the trailhead begins.
Recent hikers noted that advance planning is necessary to take the shuttle back to your car, and many suggested arriving early at Logan Pass to secure a parking space. Many recommended hiking from Logan to Haystack Pass and back, noting that the lower part of the trail is difficult and lacks the spectacular scenery of other sections of the trail. Most visitors reported seeing a variety of wildlife, including bighorn sheep, goats and bears. Access to the trail is free with park admission. To see a list of shuttle times, visit the NPS website.