Day 9: Tues 7/22, Hiking the Highline/Loop Trail

Today is the first day I actually did not ride my bike. Yesterday I rode about 32 miles into the park. It was all easy riding but I’m stoked to do some hiking for a bit.

There’s a free shuttle that takes you from the Apgar Visitor Center (on the west side of the park), up Going 2 The Sun Road, to the top at Logan’s Pass (which is on the actual Continental divide) and then down to the east side of the park.

The hike I did started at Logan’s Pass, but I took the shuttle to the other side of the park, because I was curious what was there. Cool views from the shuttle ride:

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There were some Bighorn Sheep right at the visitors center at Logan’s Pass, chomping at the grass. Nom nom nom! Lol!

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The rock formations here are incredible. Geology is so cool 😀

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I took to shuttle to a little market on the east side of the park where I got a coffee and microwave burrito for breakfast (gas station diet!). I’m pleasantly surprised that things aren’t abhorrently priced here, as they tend to be in tourist-heavy places.

I shuttled it back up to Logan’s Pass to start my hike. I’m so glad that I found out about the free shuttle, because originally I was planning on cycling the road, which would have been insane because there is no shoulder… That being said, I saw plenty of cyclists on the road. Wow. More power to them!

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The Highline Trail to the Loop Trail is awesome, because it is downhill all
the way, and you pass through multiple biomes as you drop elevation.

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The trail was quite crowded since I got a late start, but it thinned out pretty quickly. All the goats are shedding their winter coat. They look half naked. Lol!

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There were some snow patches I walked over.

I saw a trail crew working. Thanks guys! Trail crews are awesome!! I asked if I could help, they said due to liability reasons it probably wasn’t a good idea. Bummer. I guess things are a bit more strict within national park boundaries.

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The scenery from this hike was just absolutely amazing. I am so stoked for all my friends hiking the Continental Divide Trail this year. They will be ending here at GNP. What a spectacular and divine place to finish their journey. 🙂

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Oh my gosh, super random and crazy! As I was hiking the trail, a complete stranger stopped me and asked me “did you hike the PCT?” The lady recognized me, because she followed my Pacific Crest Trail hike 2012 blog 2 years ago. Plus, I am wearing the exact same thing hiking today, as I did when I was on the PCT. How awesome and random is that?! Lol! I love serendipitous trail encounters 🙂

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Huge mahalo to my buddy David Nash in Honolulu (who used to be a guide in GNP) and the 2 cyclists I met yesterday, for all the awesome inside information about the park! U guys rock! 🙂

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I was going to do a 2nd hike today, but by the time I finished the first one (around 11 miles) it was already late, plus the clouds were getting heavy looking. It’s ok, my hiking and exploring needs we’re very much satiated. :). What an awesome day!

Tomorrow I will leave the park and get back on trail. Time to get back on track! What an awesome side trip this was :). I highly encourage anyone riding the Divide to do a side trip to Glacier. The trail doesn’t go thru it, but you are *so close*, it would be a shame not to come visit. 🙂

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6 thoughts on “Day 9: Tues 7/22, Hiking the Highline/Loop Trail

    • If you’re doing backcountry backpacking, get your permits early. They fill up fast 🙂 I dunno if the CDT hikers have a permit that just allows them to camp at the various sites regardless. But damn what a fantastic end to their journey 🙂

      • They way permitting is done here, is by site. I think they only allow x amount of ppl per site per night, so it has to be site specific. Hence, some ppl I know did the walk-up thing, and based their trail selection upon that. It is hard to do a multiple-night backpack trip during peak season tho, so it might be that u gotta drive to a trailhead, do and in and out, then drive to another trailhead, etc.

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