Day Four

Trip Start Aug 05, 2013
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Trip End Aug 25, 2013


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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Woke before 6 and headed for the transit center

Was the 2nd person there so I was assured a seat on first bus that goes directly to Logan

As we drove toward Logan Pass you good see that it was socked in--in a cloud--looked dramatic; it was so fogged in that the lady behind me asked if there was a visitor center at Logan Pass as we were leaving the shuttle, which was within 100' of the parking lot, but not visible when we first arrived.
Logan Pass is at the Continental Divide
Filled my water containers and headed out on the High-line Trail. It was immediately spectacular, but first there was info and a warning.
It was springtime at Logan Pass as the snow was still melting
Spring in August wildflowers continued:
Words cannot adequately describe the Highline Trail. On most trails you hike for a long ways to get to a stunning view. Starting at Logan Pass the Highline Trail is a constant stunning view. The view was made even more impressive because of the clouds coming over the pass providing an ever changing and stunning picture.
At the start of the trail the trail traverses a ledge on what is called the Garden Wall:

GARDEN WALL — This long, knife-edged ridge, forming that section of the Continental Divide between Logan and Swiftcurrent Passes, was so named by one of George Bird Grinnell's parties which was camped at Grinnell Lake in the late 1890's. One evening, around a campfire, they were singing the currently popular song, "Over the Garden Wall," when one of the party remarked, "There is one wall we cannot get over," and the name was immediately applied to the ridge.

The ledge is somewhat narrow but there is a cable covered with garden hose that you can hang on to
The Highline Trail would begin with a 7.6 hike to Granite Park Chalet. At the beginning I was in good shape, but as time wore on, Doug wore out.
See the photos for a few trail views:
I was tired, but happy
Finally I reached Granite Park Chalet, a National Historic Landmark
This was my lunch stop. What views. And I even got cell reception so I got to talk with Jerryn in this beautiful spot!
As I sat and ate lunch I watched the clouds come over the mountains:
Now the really hard work began as I had to descend 4 miles straight down.
My age certainly was showing as I made my slow descent. It took me two hours to come down but it was an interesting hike through a burned out area from 2003
Fire brings rejuvenation in the forest and in life
I made it finally to the takeout at the Loop and then back to camp for dinner: freeze dried chicken and mashed potatoes. It was good, but I have to admit probably anything would have tasted good at that point.
I had new camping neighbors and they had stories to tell of seeing a mammoth grizzly bear at the end of the Highline Trail at Logan Pass where I had hiked earlier that day
To bed for a good night's sleep!
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