As usual, it is cool when we wake up—around 43 degrees. The blue sky is peppered with a few clouds. Today we headed for Logan Pass to hike part of the High Line Trail. It is so nice to be able to walk to St. Mary's Visitor Center and catch the shuttle which took us to Logan Pass where the trailhead for the High Line Trail is located. It takes about an hour to travel to the trailhead.
The High Line Trail is one of the most popular trails in Glacier National Park. It is a moderately difficult hike with beautiful vistas. At the beginning the trail is a narrow cut in the side of the mountain high above the valley floor (called the Garden Wall). Along parts of the trail there is a handrail (a wire covered with a plastic hose) attached to the side of the mountain as the trail is rather narrow and the ledge is steep. If you are afraid of heights, this is not the trail for you!
Near the first part of the trail we were treated to a view of several big horn sheep which were grazing 10 feet from the trail. They obviously were used to people and were only a little hesitant when they crossed the trail right in front of us. So many times we had viewed these creatures from a distance and now they were close enough that we could have pet them!
The trail wound in and out of the forest and views of mountains and valleys. Several times along the trail we were greeted by a mother goat and her baby. Again, they were used to seeing people and the goats would walk right by you on the trail.
We enjoyed a quick lunch on the trail while being harassed by the Columbian ground squirrels. They were busy begging for food the whole time we had lunch. We were afraid they were going to raid our backpack.
The High Line Trail is 7.5 miles long and ends at the Chalet where you have to do a 4 mile loop which is a steep descent in order to get back to the shuttle. We probably hiked 2.5 miles on the trail. There were a lot of dark clouds in the sky and the wind had picked up so we decided to turn around and hike back to Logan Pass. On our return trip we were greeted by a mountain goat lying on a rock above the trail. Her baby was tucked between rocks where it was out of the wind. I swear, this goat was so close you could smell goat breath as you walked by!
We rode the shuttle bus back to St. Mary's. We relaxed for a couple of hours and then fixed dinner at the trailer. Then we went to the Ranger's Program at 7:30 which was the Two Medicine Lake Singers and Dancers. The Blackfeet Indians put on the presentation which was entertaining and educational.