GRANITE PARK CHALET: 3 DAY HUT HIKE

Granite Park ChaletGranite Park Chalet Trip Details

Difficulty: Family Friendly, Moderate

Trip Dates for summer 2018 will be available on January 8th.  We are aiming for a trip in mid July, in early August, and in the middle of August.

Trip Duration: 3 Days

Price Adult: $950.00 – might slightly increase for 2018
Price Child: $950.00 – might slightly increase for 2018
Other Price: $15 Park Entrance Fee and gratuity for guide not included.

Description:

This trip offers the best of both worlds. You’ll experience the beauty of the backcountry in the comfort of the historic Granite Park Chalet without having to carry a heavy pack. Our guides love this trip because it allows them to demonstrate their extensive knowledge of Glacier and practice their culinary skills using a fully equipped kitchen. The likelihood of seeing wildlife is excellent and the wildflowers are abundant starting the middle of July. Grizzly bears, big horn sheep, bald eagles, and marmots are often seen from Granite Park Chalet and on the hikes. On the first day the 7.5 mile hike on the Highline Trail is moderately strenuous with the trail gaining and losing a couple hundred vertical feet at a time. You’ll be hiking in an alpine environment with wide open views of the majestic peaks all around you. There are several day hikes to choose from on the second day of your trip. A favorite is the hike up to Swiftcurrent Lookout, which sits on the Continental Divide and offers one of the best views in Glacier. You may also choose to hike to Grinnell Glacier overlook, where you’ll enjoy staggering views of the one of the largest of the remaining glaciers.  These hikes are short but strenuous.  If a guest is not interested in these hikes, they are welcome to relax and enjoy the views from Granite Park Chalet.  On the third day you’ll hike down the Loop Trail, a 4.5 mile hike descending 2,200 feet to the Going to the Sun Road. We’ll be getting back to West Glacier by around 4 PM.

Minimum age: 10

Facilities:

  • Granite Park Chalet is equipped with a propane-powered kitchen, and your guide will prepare and serve delicious home-cooked meals. Adjacent to the kitchen is a comfy and rustic dining room where you may relax and enjoy the atmosphere.
  • The sleeping accommodations are in the upper level of the main chalet or in the Annex, about 200 feet from the main chalet. The rooms are hostel-style and furnished with single bunk beds (2 to 6 beds per room) and linens are provided. We can make requests to the chalet that couples/groups have their own rooms, but we cannot guarantee this.
  • The walls are very thin, if you are a light sleeper we recommend ear plugs.
  • There are no shower facilities, but drinking water is available (bottled water can be purchased or local water can be obtained from a filtered system near the chalet).
  • There are pit toilets equipped with toilet paper and hand sanitizer near the chalet.

Meeting Notes: Guests should call our office the day prior to departure (387-5555 or 800-521-7238) to check-in.The day of the trip you should arrive at our office by 8:00 AM to meet your guide. We are located 1.5 miles west of West Glacier on Highway 2. Look for our sign (Montana Raft/Glacier Guides Inc.) on the north side of the highway between mile marker 151 and 152. Our property is just off the highway tucked in the trees. When you see our sign turn to the north and you will see us shortly thereafter.

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