Glacier National Park (part 2)
(2004) We checked out of the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn and caught a shuttle to Logan's Pass on the Going-to-the-Sun Road to begin our next day of hiking to our accommodations for the next evening, Granite Chalet. The fairly easy 7.4 mile hike on the Highline Trail starts at 6,680 feet along the Garden Wall, climbs up to 7,280 feet and ends at 6,646 feet.
The scenery became more and more amazing as we walked. There are few trees so the views are almost continuous (bring the sunscreen). We tied the recommended bells on our shoes to alert any bears that we are coming. (I guess the bears view these as their "dinner bells.")
Granite Chalet is one of the last two backcountry chalets in the park (accessible only by walking at least seven miles). There are only 12 rooms, so book well in advance. Take your flashlight since there is no electricity. For dinner and breakfast, you can work with other guests in the kitchen to prepare food that you bring with you. Bring your own water also. Now you can pre-order some food. You can read more on their web site.
At the chalet, you will feel like you are on top of the world. We were very lucky with great weather. The weather there can be harse, so be prepared. The evenings are very cool. Near the chalet is the Grinnell Glacier Overlook Trail, only a kilometer long but straight up! Your reward at the top is looking down on the glacier we walked on the day before.
We left the chalet the next morning via the Swiftcurrent Pass and down a steep descent to a chain of lakes. 7.6 miles later we arrived back at the Switftcurrent Motor Lodge and checked in again.