The Highline Trail starts just across the road from here. A fellow road biking from Portland Oregon to New Jersey took this photo. I thought I was being adventurous! That pea soup affect was still taking place but I didn't care, at an elevation point of 2025 meters on the Continental Divide, I felt like I was on top of the world!
I will admit, along this portion of the trail, I held onto the garden hose which is secured to the mountain. I could only see a few feet in any direction and it was the freakiest feeling. I was feeling something. It wasn't vertigo or fright or dizzy or scared! Not sure what it was!
There was lots of joy to be found today! For those driving the Going-To-The-Sun-Road below me, the line up of cars wasn't all that bad.
The Highline Trail paralleles The Garden Wall and it lived up to its name with lots of pretty flowers.
Round trip for the hike to Haystack Butte was about 13km. That added to the 8.5km along The Hidden Lake trail was enough for today. I still had to drive back to St. Mary to get some groceries and then drive to the Swift Current Motor Inn where I was staying the night. The construction delay at Siyeh Bend was longer on the return trip. I also encountered two delays along the mile between the Many Glacier Hotel and the Swift Current Motor Inn, one was due to road paving and the other due to a mom grizzly and her two cubs crossing the road. I was thankful to finally lay my head on the pillow for the night. This was a packed full first day!