Continental Divide Trail, Montana
Highline Trail to the Loop; 11.6 miles, point to point
The Highline Trail, part of the 3,100-mile Continental Divide Trail, starts at Logan Pass, the highest point you can drive to in Glacier National Park. From there it follows the mountain just above tree line, offering unobstructed views of the massive glacier-carved valley below. "We're not known for our fall foliage," says park guide Corrie Holloway, "but it's still beautiful — the fireweed and huckleberry plants are turning red, and the mountain ash is a bright orange." To see mountain goats and grizzlies, start early — like 8 a.m. At the hike's end, at Going-to-the-Sun Road, you can hitch a ride back up to the top.
Après Hike: Stop at Glacier Distilling's tasting room, in Coram, seven miles outside the park's west entrance, for one of their dozen house-made spirits, such as Fireweed Whiskey.