Highline Trail is one of the best view trails in Glacier Park
This is the last stretch of the Highline Trail before the start of the RimRock Section above the Going To The Sun Road just below Oberlin Bend. If you are afraid of heights and narrow trails with sharp drop offs NOW is the time to turn around!
This is photo number one of a twenty five photo guide to the RimRock section of the Highline Trail. Rocky Mountain Subalpine Fir ~ line the trail leading to a sharp 90 degree turn to the right and the start of the infamous green cable.
Logan Pass Trail Map
Highline Trail opened 4:00 PM 7/11/13
The sharp, pointed rock formation rising above the Garden Wall is know as 'Bishops Cap'
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity...” ― John Muir
Note: Rocky Mountains Subalpine Fir on the Piegan Pass Trail on the Many Glacier side of the pass are the most striking of any that I have encountered in Glacier Park. The Information below from US Forest Service
A Slow Hikers Guide™ to Trailside Geology
RimRock Section of the Highline Trail provides an up close look at the rocks forming the mountains of Glacier Park.
"The Setting Over 1800 square miles (4660 sq. km) of the rugged Rocky Mountains are found within the boundaries of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Two mountain ranges, the Livingston and the more easterly Lewis Range trend from northwest to southeast through Glacier. The Continental Divide follows the crest of the Lewis Range. Elevation varies from a low of 3150 feet (960 m) at the junction of the Middle and North Forks of the Flathead River (near the Lake McDonald valley to a high of 10,466 feet (3192 m) on Mt. Cleveland. There are 6 peaks over 10,000 feet (3050 m) and 32 peaks over 9100 feet (2770 m) found in Glacier National Park. The impressive mountains and valleys within the park are the result of approximately 1.6 billion years of earth history and a number of geologic processes, including, erosion, sediment deposition, uplift and thrust faulting and glaciation Waterton-Glacier is a geologic park. The geologic processes happened in three stages: 1. The sedimentation or deposition of the rock; 2. The uplift of the mountains; and 3. The glaciation or carving out of mountain valleys. Waterton-Glacier has some of the oldest and best preserved sedimentary rocks found anywhere in North America. Usually, over time and with heat and pressure, sedimentary rock becomes metamorphic rock. For example, limestone becomes marble. It is quite unusual that this old rock still retains its sedimentary characteristics."
Geology information from Glacier National Park