Glacier National Park | Glacier Lilies | Highline Trail

I recently had the opportunity to visit Glacier National Park for the first time with my wife and a couple of our closest friends. The area quickly catapulted to the top of the list for national parks, as it was one of the most beautiful places we’ve all ever seen with our own eyes.

One of the most scenic hikes within Glacier National Park is the Highline Trail, which skirts along the alpine section of several of the parks tallest mountain sides, giving you one stunning view after another. It starts at Logan Pass and slowly makes its way to the Granite Park Chalet about 7.6 miles away.

One of the x-factors when visiting GNP and hiking on Highline Trail are the wildflowers, as they’re directly linked to when the snow melts within the area. And since it melts differently almost every year, you have to book your dates, cross your fingers and hope for the best. We got extremely lucky as the wildflowers were peaking within the alpine level during our time there, including large patches of bright yellow, glacier lilies. When we came across a patch, I positioned myself to showcase them in the foreground of some of the most iconic landscape within the park, Bird Women Falls surrounded by Mount Oberlin, Clements Mountain and Mound Cannon, with Little Cheif Mountain looming large in the back left.


Glacier National Park | Glacier Lilies | © Jay Moore Photography

Photography / Hiking Insight: We started on the trail at 9 am, but I would suggest to try and leave slightly before (8 am in August) and plan on doing the out and back hike from Logan Pass. It’s a little longer than option two (a one-way trip to ‘The Loop’, however, this option concludes with four miles straight down a mountain with very limited views). Although heading back to Logan Pass adds some miles, it’s a gradual slope and easier on your body with better views for your eyes and camera.

Research Insight: We wore out both Vicky Spring’s book (Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park) and our iphone App (HIKE – Glacier National Park).

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