Highline Trail (Glacier National Park) 03-Sep-2010

Highline Trail Glacier National Park Montana

This was the fourth (and last – sigh) hike during our 2010 trip to Glacier National Park. We decided to do a popular but wildly visual loop on the Highline Trail from Logan Pass, along the Garden Wall to Glacier Park Chalet, then down to the Going-to-the-Sun Highway – returning to Logan Pass via the free park shuttle (11.6 miles roundtrip; 800 feet of elevation gain). This was our most crowded hiking day – I think we saw about two dozen people on the trail.

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Mount Oberlin (Glacier National Park) 31-Aug-2009

Mount Oberlin Glacier National Park Montana

Mount Oberlin sits just northwest of Logan Pass in the center of Glacier National Park’s heavy tourism zone. It’s billed as the easiest “real” (meaning you have to register with the rangers) climb in the park but barely makes it to Class 3 in just one or two spots. But if you only have a short time in the park, yet want to do a short hike/scramble (2.5 miles roundtrip; 1,500 feet of elevation gain) with amazing views (and away from the crowds), then Mount Oberlin is it.

The use trail leaves Logan Pass from the curving ramp between the lower bathrooms and the upper vistor center (and NOT from west of the visitor center as some guidebooks imply). It crosses about a mile of open meadows before climbing not too steeply up open ground to the saddle between Mount Oberlin and Clements Mountain. You then follow the ridge north to the summit. Along the way across the meadow towards the saddle, we encountered a huge marmot sunbathing – which, at a distance and with our heightened sense of bears, we thought WAS a bear.

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