|PO Box 1887
Kalispell, MT 59903
Geology along the Highline
September 1, 2018
Jeff Kuhn, M.S.
The geologic features one can see along The Highline trail offer stunning glimpses of time in Glacier’s history. Our many vantage points provide spectacular views of the classic glacial landscape. Along the hike we will make several stops to examine the billion-year-old sedimentary rocks, describe the processes of mountain-building and the further action of recent glacial activity. Flora and fauna abound on this trail, and wildlife encounters often upstage any discussion of geology.
Meeting Time: Saturday, September 1 at 8:00 AM
Meeting Place: Glacier Park Field Camp Meeting Hall (see campus map).
Food: Please bring a sack lunch, trail snacks, and plenty of water.
Equipment: Please see basic gear list. The weather at Logan Pass in August or September can be really cold and snowy, or hot, windy and dry. Please check the local NOAA weather forecast to better prepare you for the conditions.
Physical Requirements: Active hikes. We will hike at a moderate pace between a dozen or more geology stops to discuss the landscape we are viewing. The hike from Logan Pass to Haystack Butte and back to Logan Pass is about 7 miles with 1,000 feet elevation gain and loss.
Transportation: We will be traveling in a Glacier Institute vehicle during the course.
Accommodations: Lodging can be purchased for $32/person/night at the Glacier Institute Field Camp on a bluff overlooking the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Facilities include bunkhouses, a community bathhouse, a classroom, a library and a kitchen. Please call the registrar at 406-755-1211 to book lodging.
Weather: This course will not be canceled due to weather.
Recommended Reading: Your enjoyment of the general geology of the park will be much enhanced by reading the following books:
A Guide to the Geology of Going-To-The-Sun Road, Glacier Park by Raup, Earhart, Carrara, and Whipple. Glacier Natural History Assoc., West Glacier, MT 59936.
Glacier: The Story Behind the Scenery by Kathy Ahlenslager. KC Publications, Inc.
Glacier National Park: A Natural History Guide by David Rockwell.
At 8:00 we will gather at Field Camp for introductions and an overview of the geology before our departure for Logan Pass. Several pull-outs along our drive provide key geologic perspectives as well as photo opportunities. Our hiking route along the Highline Trail takes us toward Haystack Butte for lunch. Returning by the same route, we should return to Logan Pass by about 4:00 PM and back to Field Camp around 5:00 PM.
*Note: If Logan Pass or the Highline Trail is closed due to snow or unforeseen circumstances, we will offer an alternate hike at Scenic Point.*