Glacier: Highline Trail to Swiftcurrent Pass Trail

July 22, 2016  •  3 Comments

We got on trail about 3 pm and it took us forever to arrive at Granite Park because the flowers were OFF THE HOOK! Lots of stopping for photos along the way. It was a little windy until the evening when it calmed down and the bugs came out. After that we weren't stopping for photos as much. Regardless, it was an awesome day.

Clements and Oberlin from the HighlineClements and Oberlin from the Highline Green on the HighlineGreen on the Highline Corrie, Beargrass and the HighlineCorrie, Beargrass and the Highline   Corrie on the Highline Trail near Haystack ButteCorrie on the Highline Trail near Haystack Butte Glacier Lilys on the Highline TrailGlacier Lilys on the Highline Trail Corrie and Heavens PeakCorrie and Heavens Peak Lake McDonald and Historic DeSmet from Highline TrailLake McDonald and Historic DeSmet from Highline Trail McDonald Valley and Rays from Highline TrailMcDonald Valley and Rays from Highline Trail Mt. Cannon and Lake McDonald from the HighlineMt. Cannon and Lake McDonald from the Highline Swiftcurrent Lookout SunsetSwiftcurrent Lookout Sunset Highline Trail and Heavens Peak near Granite ParkHighline Trail and Heavens Peak near Granite Park Golden Eagle over Granite ParkGolden Eagle over Granite Park Granite Park Chalet SunsetGranite Park Chalet Sunset Corrie on the Highline Near Granite ParkCorrie on the Highline Near Granite Park Mt. Cannon, Lake McDonald, Heavens Peak and Glacier LilysMt. Cannon, Lake McDonald, Heavens Peak and Glacier Lilys Heavens Peak 7.19.16Heavens Peak 7.19.16 Heavens Peak Portrait 7.19.16Heavens Peak Portrait 7.19.16 Garden Wall PortraitGarden Wall Portrait Heavens Peak (2)  7.19.16Heavens Peak (2) 7.19.16 IMG_5383IMG_5383

We arrived to camp just in time for sunset, dinner, and whiskey all before the clouds came in and started raining. 

The plan the following morning was to hike up the spur trail early am for sunrise, but when the alarm went off at 5:30 it was still raining. When we woke up the second time the clouds hard parted and the sun came out. It was a pretty awesome view to wake up to. Just before we headed out to the spur trail the packers arrived to the chalet so I had to chat and take a few snaps. On days like these the packers have one of the coolest jobs in the park, no doubt. 

We got up the Grinnell Glacier overlook and hung our for lunch. Just as we were coming down the day hikers were arriving from Logan Pass. We headed back to the chalet, grabbed our packs, and started heading over to Many Glacier. I had never heard anything about Swiftcurrent Pass before, so needless to say we were blown away by the view and the trail coming off the pass in the valley. Waterfalls, headwalls, Swiftcurrent Glacier, and blue-green lakes. It was another picture perfect day, apart from the 40-50 mph gusts. 

Tent View from Granite Park Trails CabinTent View from Granite Park Trails Cabin Heavens Peak ReflectionHeavens Peak Reflection Packing at Granite Park 8Packing at Granite Park 8   Grinnell Glacier OverlookGrinnell Glacier Overlook May Glacier Valley From the Garden WallMay Glacier Valley From the Garden Wall Gem GlacierGem Glacier Salamander and Grinnell GlaciersSalamander and Grinnell Glaciers Grinnell Glacier From the Garden WallGrinnell Glacier From the Garden Wall Highline Spur TrailHighline Spur Trail Corrie on the Spur TrailCorrie on the Spur Trail Heavens Peak from the Spur JunctionHeavens Peak from the Spur Junction View From the Granite Park Chalet Front DoorView From the Granite Park Chalet Front Door Mt. Grinnell From Swiftcurrent PassMt. Grinnell From Swiftcurrent Pass Headwaters of Swiftcurrent CreekHeadwaters of Swiftcurrent Creek Corrie and Swiftcurrent GlacierCorrie and Swiftcurrent Glacier Bullhead Lake From Swiftcurrent Pass TrailBullhead Lake From Swiftcurrent Pass Trail

After we got off the switchbacks it seemed to take forever to make it back to the road. By the time we arrived we were ready for some beers and some food. Good thing the Motor Inn has the perfect cure for what we needed, pizza and beer. Perfect end to an awesome overnight.

Corrie and PizzaCorrie and Pizza

As we headed out the next morning we had to stop and smell the flowers.

Wildflowers in Many Glacier 7.21.16Wildflowers in Many Glacier 7.21.16

Trip notes: We hiked a little over 18 miles with 3,200' of elevation gain. The weather was perfect. If you like to Granite Park, I recommend doing the super trail to the Grinnell Glacier Overlook. This is one of the best trails in the park, and it was great to be able to watch the sunrise and sunset versus your normal day hike views.

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completelyconquered(non-registered)
These pictures are spectacular. I've planned a trip to visit this summer and I'm looking forward to some of these views.
Kirstan(non-registered)
I really enjoy looking at your pictures. Thanks for sharing. Ranger Jake
Wiggs(non-registered)
Many Glacier Valley - take me there
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