The Garden Wall

West Glacier, Montana 59921

The Garden Wall

The Garden Wall Professional Review and Guide

"A long day hike or extended backpack from Logan Pass. The Garden Wall section of the Highline Trail is one of the most popular hikes in the park, owing to its spectacular vistas, excellent wildlife-viewing opportunities, and low level of difficulty.

The trail follows the west face of the Continental Divide,
maintaining a relatively constant elevation, to Granite Park Chalet, which is currently being offered to hikers as a no-frills shelter.The campground at Granite Park is limited to backpackers on extended trips for most of the season. From Granite Park, the trail leads down to the Going-to-the-Sun Road, terminating at “the Loop,” the northernmost hairpin turn on the highway.A spur trail also leads from this trail to “Packer’s Roost,” farther down the mountainside."

The Garden Wall Reviews

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The trail starts quickly traversing the Wall. It is easily traversed with a cable to hold on to if desired-about the width of a sidewalk- but if heights are a problem ???. We saw goats, sheep, & grizzelys. We had low clouds, rain, sleet, and snow. Moderate elevation climbs with no real steep areas. Good trail. The 4 1/2 miles from the Chalet to the Loop is through burned forest so not much to look at. The views from Logan Pass to the Chalet are great. If heights bother you to an extreme, you may not want to take this but once past the Wall you are high up but not a problem. If you only have a short time in the park, this is the trail to take to see the park.
We had a very warm day for our hike along the Garden Wall enroute to Granite Park Chalet. Upper 70s to lower 80's. For warm days, make sure you start early for maximum shade. Mountain goats and Columbian Ground Squirrels shared the path. The climb to Haystack Butte was the only part requiring effort. We planned to take the Switfcurrent trail the next day, but it was closed due to lots of bear activity. One hiker told us he had encountered 11 grizzlies on it a day before it was closed. Other hikers heard similar info from elsewhere, so we were less disappointed than we might have been.
Great hike!! A lot of wash out and the trail was still snow covered in many areas. The views were fantastic all along the trail. One of he best and easiest hikes in the park. We spent a night at the Granite Park Chalet. If you can get in, it is well worth the stay. Starting from Logans Pass is the way to go. End up at the Loop then take a shuttle back to your car.
This trail has the best views in the park. Aside from being long this trail is relatively easy. This is a must hike for anyone going to glacier even if you don't hike the whole thing. Watch the mountain close for mountain goats and big-horned sheep.
We hiked The Garden Wall trail to the Granite Park Chalet parallel to the continental divide, then over the Swiftcurrent Pass and down the Swiftcurrent trail to Many Glaciers. This was the most amazing hike I have every done. It was actually very easy inspite of the length 15.5 miles, for a beginer like me. I highly recomend this hike to anyone who wants to see as much of the park as possible in one day.

Trail Information

West Glacier
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
Best Spring through Fall
Logan Pass, Many Glacier, Ahern Pass
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