ULTIMATE 6 DAY HUT HIKE: GLACIER NATIONAL PARK CHALETS

view from Swiftcurrent Firetower

Side trip to Swiftcurrent Fire Tower from Granite Park Chalet.

Glacier National Park Chalets Tour – Overnight Hut Hike Details

Difficulty: Moderate

2020 Dates: July 24th, August 24th

Meeting Time: 7:30 AM

Trip Duration: 6 days

Price: $3,137 ($129 for single supplement at Belton Chalet)

Other Price: Glacier National Park Entrance Fee  — see entrance fee details here — and gratuity for guide not included. Linens are provided. Packs and hiking poles are available for rent.

Minimum Age: 10

Sperry Chalet interior room

Reflecting through antique curtains inside the Sperry Chalet dormitory. Guide Alison Egan photo.

Glacier National Park Chalets Ultimate Six Day Hut Hike – Trip Description

This is the ultimate trip in Glacier National Park! We spend two nights at Granite Park Chalet, one night at Belton Chalet (located in West Glacier, featuring hot showers and optional fine dining!), and two nights at Sperry Chalet. Bonus: we arrive at Sperry via horseback! (Ride is optional.)

Hike into the backcountry with just a day pack while your interpretive guide points out all the details.  Enjoy delicious, home cooked meals while you relax and spend time with others.  End your day with an amazing sunset and then enjoy the crisp feel of real sheets while being miles from any road. We take care of all the details, so you can relax and enjoy Glacier.

Critters, Glaciers, and Chalets

Explore the habitat of mountain goats, big horn sheep, grizzly bears, moose, mountain lions, and golden eagles while hiking through glacial valleys. Take the opportunity to hike to and touch Sperry Glacier, one of the largest remaining glaciers in the park.

The Chalets themselves are great examples of the Arts and Crafts architectural period from the turn of the century.

More Glacier National Park Chalets Ultimate Six Day Hut Hike Details

  • Minimum age: 10.
  • All meals are included from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 6 EXCEPT for the dinner on day 3. That meal is on your own. We recommend making reservations at the Belton Chalet for a fabulous meal you won’t soon forget!
  • The optional half day whitewater rafting trip in the afternoon on day 6 is also on your own. Please call our office to add the raft trip to your reservation. 406-387-5555 or email info@glacierguides.com

Glacier National Park Chalets Ultimate Six Day Hut Hike Itinerary

Granite Park Chalet, Glacier National Park, Montana

Granite Park Chalet and Heaven’s Peak, Glacier National Park, Montana, by Guide Jeff Compton.

Day 1

Meet at 7:30 am at our office in West Glacier. Drive up the historic Going to the Sun Highway to Logan Pass. Hike 7.5 miles on the Highline Trail to famed Granite Park Chalet. There is not a lot of elevation gain on this hike, but it does have some short climbs of 100 to 400 feet at a time. This area is a great place to view mountain goats, bighorn sheep and to look for bears in Bear Valley. First night is spent at Granite Park Chalet.

Day 2

Day hike towards Ahern Pass (about 8.5 miles round trip, not much elevation change) or Swiftcurrent Lookout (4 miles round trip with a 2,500 foot elevation gain/loss), for more views of glaciers, alpine lakes, and glaciated peaks. Final night at Granite Park Chalet.

Day 3

Enjoy the morning on your own with coffee by the fire or join the group to go for a short hike to Grinnell Glacier Overlook (3 miles round trip with a 1,500 ft elevation gain/drop). In the afternoon, hike 4.5 miles down from the Chalet on the Loop Trail (2,200 feet elevation drop). There, your shuttle (stocked with ice cold beverages!) meets you on the Going to the Sun Road.

Return to West Glacier by 5pm. Dinner on your own – the restaurant at the Belton Chalet is highly recommended.  Spend the third night in the comfortable elegance of the Belton Chalet. Refresh, repack, and get ready for second part of our backcountry GlacierNational Park hut hike.

Day 4

Meet at 6:30 AM at our office in West Glacier.  It’s time to saddle up! We ride horses up to Sperry Chalet, allowing us to take in the views. If you prefer, you’re welcome to hike up to the Chalet instead – just keep in mind that the trails is about 6.5 miles with a 3,000 foot elevation gain.  After arriving at Sperry, there’s an option to day hike to Lincoln Pass. From there, enjoy views of Mt. Jackson, one of the largest peaks in the park. The hike to Lincoln Pass and back is a beautiful 2 miles. After a delicious meal in the full service dining room, spend the first of two nights at Sperry Chalet.

Day 5

Day hike up to Comeau Pass and Sperry Glacier. Here we will have the opportunity to view the glaciated, scoured effects of Sperry Glacier and to touch the glacier itself! The trail to Comeau Pass rises 1,600 feet over 3 miles making it a challenging hike, but well worth the effort. Final night at Sperry Chalet.

Day 6

Today we hike about 6.5 miles down to Lake McDonald through a diverse cedar forest. Return around 3pm to West Glacier, just in time for the optional half day raft trip. Enjoying the fun class II and III rapids on the wild and scenic Middle Fork of the Flathead River is a fantastic way to cap off this trip! Please contact our office if you would like to add the raft trip: 406-387-5555 or info@glacierguides.com

Glacier National Park Chalets Ultimate Six Day Tour Meeting Notes

Please call the day before departure to check in: 406-387-5555. On the first day of the trip, arrive at our office at 7:30 AM to meet your guide.  Click on directions for how to find us.

COVID-19 Procedures at Glacier National Park Chalets

This update come directly to us from the operators of Granite Park Chalet and Sperry Chalet

“As we learn more from county and state health agencies and stay in communication with the National Park Service we are growing cautiously optimistic that the chalets will be able to open in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Our guests should be advised that this will not be a typical season of chalet comforts in the wild. We will be on high alert for any illness or cation. We are expecting a lot of changes in how the chalets operate. For example:
  • Social distancing must be maintained with all other parties and staff. We will treat your party as a family unit that can interact and share rooms with each other. (For Glacier Guides and Montana Raft guests, your family unit is the unit you are traveling to Montana with – you will not share rooms with anyone else on a Glacier Guides tour of the Chalets.)
  • There will be restrictions on building access. To manage expose the chalet structures will only be available to reserved guests and occupancy of common areas will be limited.
  • Attractive nuisances that invite crowding or virus transmission will be removed. The fireplace will be cold and the books and games library will not be available.
If any visitor begins showing signs of illness while at the chalet the entire party will be evicted and must evacuate to the front country for medical attention. The chalets are too far from medical help and too close quarters to take any chances.
If any member of your party shows signs of illness in the days leading up to your reservation we ask that you cancel your trip. Please do a good service for the health of our National Park, our communities, and your fellow travelers by not spreading possible infections.
If you do not have a chalet reservation but are interested in visiting us on a day hike, be advised that the chalet structure cannot shelter you and food service will be limited or unavailable.
We will be fine tuning the details of our Coronavirus plan as summer approaches and we will work to keep our guests informed on what to expect. We are taking unusual and extreme measures because we hold the health of our staff and guests as our highest concern. It is unfortunate that safety measures prevent us from opening our doors to everyone. Thank you for the kind understanding. With this season of sacrifices we will be in a better position to offer the warm embrace of chalet hospitality in the future.
Be safe out there.”
-Kevin Warrington, Glacier National Park Chalets Concessioner
Granite Park Chalet Glacier National Park

Granite Park Chalet hikers on a side trip to see Grinnell Glacier.

Sperry Chalet Glacier Park

Sperry Chalet. Photo by Guide Corrie Holloway.

Facilities at the Chalets

  • Belton Chalet is a historic, modernized chalet in the town of West Glacier, with electricity, hot water, a fabulous restaurant and bar, and all the modern conveniences. Granite Park and Sperry are historic, rustic, backcountry, off-grid chalets in the interior of Glacier National Park. You can read about the enhanced safety procedures that the Belton Chalet is taking in light on COVID-19 here.
  • There is no electricity or shower/hot water facilities at either Granite Park or Sperry chalets. Read further on this page for details about how the backcountry Chalets are operating during COVID-19.
  • Both chalets have drinking water.
  • Flashlights or small battery lamps are recommended for night use in your room.
  • Granite Park Chalet is equipped with a propane-powered kitchen. Your guide will prepare and serve delicious, home cooked meals. Adjacent to the kitchen is a comfy, rustic dining room where you can relax and enjoy the atmosphere.
  • Sperry Chalet has a full service dining room with sit-down dining and wait staff.
  • At Granite Park Chalet, the sleeping accommodations are in the upper level of the main chalet or in “The Annex,” about 200 feet from the chalet. The rooms are furnished with single bunk beds, 2 to 6 beds per room.
  • At Sperry the sleeping accommodations are about 200 feet from the main chalet. The rooms are furnished with single beds and accommodate 2 to 4 people.
  • For Glacier Guides and Montana Raft chalet guests, your family unit is the unit you are traveling to Montana with – you will not share rooms with anyone else on a Glacier Guides tour of the chalets.
  • The walls are thin at both backcountry chalets and you can hear just about everything.  If you are a light sleeper, we recommend earplugs.
  • Linens are provided.
  • There are pit toilets equipped with toilet paper and hand sanitizer near both chalets.
Belton Chalet West Glacier Montana

Belton Chalet, West Glacier, Montana

Further Reading About Glacier National Chalets

Interested in learning more about the Glacier National Park Chalets? There were once 9 chalets in the park that predated the Going to the Sun Road. Today, only 2 remain in service as chalets: Sperry and Granite Park. The main building at the Sperry complex burned in 2017, but re-opens in Summer 2020. The Two Medicine Chalet is now a camp store. Here’s a list of good reads about the chalets:

  1. The Loss of Sperry Chalet-And History of the Original 9 Chalets
  2. Explore Our Guided Trips to the Glacier National Park Chalets
  3. 10 Reasons To Go To Granite Park and Sperry Chalets
  4. More Reading About Granite Park Chalet
  5. More Reading About Glacier National Park’s Lodges and Chalets
  6. Curious about hiking the Highline Trail to Granite Park? We lead trips there every Tuesday. Read more about that hike here. And then you can read even more about it here.

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