by Margie Goulden
The Highline Trail along the Garden Wall was constructed similarly to the GTTS (Going to the Sun) Highway. It was literally blasted out of the rock wall face. For a quarter mile of the trail, we hugged the wall of the cliff high above the highway. A hose-covered-cable was secured into the rock wall for hikers to hold onto for safety and/or emotional support. It was a good trail though!
The trail meanders through a couple of small forested areas only to reappear in the "garden"again. The waterfalls cascaded from the peaks above, shedding the last vestiges of snow, and rushing to the road below. The trail paralleled the road with steep and dangerous cliffs separating the two. Dangerous only if one chooses to hike off trail.
There wasn't much elevation gain, but it was hot and I tend to hike slowly now watching every placement of my feet to avoid tripping and/or falling. Jeff of course was far ahead of me, but our 2-way radios keep us in close contact.
Since I was one of the last ones arriving, we lingered to give me time to rest before heading down. Fortunate for that, since we were "treated" to a visit by three bighorn sheep, 2 rams and one ewe. This was such an exciting experience for both of us since the bighorns don't populate the areas we usually hike. Of course we used a lot of digital film. And then we really did need to head down the trail, in spite of the afternoon heat.
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