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I'm going to Glacier NP next summer with a group.  We are thinking of hiking the Highline Trail from Logan to Granite Park Chalet.  One of our group has acrophobia, particularly when it involves 'unprotected edges' (his description).  I am aware that the trail hugs a cliff and that there is a 'handrail' of sorts.  Whether he attempts this depends on the width of the trail and the distance of the cliff section.

What can you tell me?  Thanks in advance.


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Of course, I don't have acrophobia but I've hiked the Highline Trail many times and it's pretty tame.  It has to be since it's probably the most popular tourist hiking trail of any length in the park.  The trail is quite wide and the drop offs are not that sheer.   What's more, if there is any hint of exporsure that could be be even the slightest bit dangerous, there are hand rails installed as you alluded to.  I really can't see it being a problem but I know how dihibilitating acrophobia can be so nothing is for sure.  I'd certainly encourage your friend to give it a try.  It's a beautiful hike.

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I'm always a little wary of exposure, but nothing as severe as acrophobia. I thought the Highline Trail was okay (the grizzly bear with two cubs was more disconcerting than any drop offs :p). The trail was wide in good condition and I never felt unsafe.  Here's a few pictures that show some of the sections of trail that hug the cliffs:

Highline Trail beginning

Highline Trail after Haystack Butte
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Thanks for the advice.  It's helpful.

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If you do hike the Highline Trail make sure you take the Garden Wall side trail up to a view over Upper Grinnell Lake, Grinnell Lake, Lake Josephine, Swiftcurrent Lake, and the Many Glacier region.  The view from this vantage is SPECTACULAR.
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Mike - FWIW, the trail doesn't bother me at all either, but my wife absolutely hates it. She does have a fear of heights, but she's "tolerated" the cliff section on 3 occasions now. She holds onto the handrails and basically stares at the wall - looking out towards the open space tends to freak her out.  I guess knowing the stunning beauty of the rest of the hike gives her the motivation to "subdue" her fears...

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I wouldnt consider any part of this trail sketchy, other than early season when snow covered.  And the park usually has it closed then

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I have been researching Glacier for an upcoming trip this summer.  One of the things I ran across was the "Fantastic Four" hiking challenge which includes part of the Highline Trail.  I don't know how much time your group will have or if you plan on visiting Waterton Lakes, but it might be something to look into.  We are going to give it a shot.

http://www.experiencewaterton.com/Fantastic_4/Fantastic_4_main.html
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Doing the Crypt Lake hike would be dumb if the OP's group has a member with acrophobia.
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I have been researching Glacier for an upcoming trip this summer.  One of the things I ran across was the "Fantastic Four" hiking challenge which includes part of the Highline Trail.  I don't know how much time your group will have or if you plan on visiting Waterton Lakes, but it might be something to look into.  We are going to give it a shot.

http://www.experiencewaterton.com/Fantastic_4/Fantastic_4_main.html

this is just some random website's made up challenge.  And there isnt anything challenging about those hikes, for the average hiker.  While all of these hikes are senic, it doesnt relate to the op question.  Perhaps you are trying to draw hits to your website?????


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I first read about the hiking challenge in a guide book put out by the American Hiking Society.  The book is Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks by Erik Molvar.  It says it is sponsored by Waterton Park Inns and Resorts.  

As for it being off topic, I mentioned it because when I look into certain trails or places to visit, I have often run across other fun things to do or places to see.  I thought, perhaps wrongly, that others might find it interesting.  I apologize if that is not the case.  I can assure you, however, that I have no connection to the website and am certainly did not have any motive other than sharing information.
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.  The book is Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks by Erik Molvar.

Pretty good guide book, actually.

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I first read about the hiking challenge in a guide book put out by the American Hiking Society.  The book is Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks by Erik Molvar.  It says it is sponsored by Waterton Park Inns and Resorts.  

As for it being off topic, I mentioned it because when I look into certain trails or places to visit, I have often run across other fun things to do or places to see.  I thought, perhaps wrongly, that others might find it interesting.  I apologize if that is not the case.  I can assure you, however, that I have no connection to the website and am certainly did not have any motive other than sharing information.

Sorry, I appologize, i misread your post and thought you were pushing a website.  Posting while drinking sometimes is not good.   Good luck on your trip to glacier, its an amazing place!


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Sorry, I appologize, i misread your post and thought you were pushing a website.  Posting while drinking sometimes is not good.   Good luck on your trip to glacier, its an amazing place!

Yeah, that drinking and posting will get you every time!  :-P  Thanks for the well wishes, we are very much looking forward to our trip.
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