SPERRY CHALET: 3 DAY HUT HIKE

Sperry Chalet plaque

Words of wisdom from longtime Sperry Chalet manager Kay Luding.

Sperry Chalet Tour – Trip Details

Difficulty: Moderate, Family Friendly

2020 Dates: August 20th

Meeting Time: 6:30 AM

Trip Duration: 3 Days

Price:  $1,718
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

Description:

Our Sperry Chalet Hut Hike showcases the very best of what Montana, Glacier National Park, and Glacier Guides and Montana Raft has to offer. Hike and horseback ride, stay in a stone walled backcountry chalet, and definitely add on the whitewater rafting option detailed later!

For 3 glorious days, you’ll hike in the backcountry with just a day pack. Listen and learn while your interpretive guide points out all the details that make Glacier extra special. At Sperry Chalet, you’ll enjoy hearty home cooked meals. Each night enjoy the crisp feel of clean sheets while being miles from any road. Don’t forget to peek out of your window to take in Glacier’s internationally designated Dark Skies.

We take care of all the details, so you can relax, enjoy the mountain views, get the best shot with your camera, and experience the backcountry of Glacier. You’ll explore the habitat of mountain goats, big horn sheep, grizzly bears, moose, mountain lions, and golden eagles while hiking to mountain passes. Let us give you the opportunity to hike to and touch Sperry Glacier, one of the largest glaciers in the park. You’ll spend 2 nights at Sperry Chalet and will get to enjoy its legendary hospitality and friendly service.

  • Minimum age: 10.
  • All meals are included from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 3.
  • The optional half day raft trip in the afternoon on day 3 is on your own. Please call our office to add the raft trip to your reservation.

Day 1:

Meet at 6:30 AM at our office in West Glacier. We ride horses to Sperry Chalet*, allowing us to take in the gorgeous morning views. In the afternoon, enjoy the option to day hike to Lincoln Pass. From there, we’ll soak up staggering views of Mt. Jackson, one of the largest peaks in Glacier National Park. The mileage to Lincoln Pass and back is 2 miles. Afterwards, enjoy the full service dining room and finally, we’ll spend our first night at the Chalet.

*Riding horses up to Sperry, as its original guests did, is an amazing Montana experience. However, for our guests that prefer to hike, that option is available. Be advised that it is a steep, strenuous hike up to the Chalet. Approximately 6.7 miles and 3,360 feet in elevation gain.

Day 2:

After breakfast at the Chalet, day hike up to Comeau Pass and Sperry Glacier. View the glaciated, scoured affects of Sperry Glacier – you will have the opportunity to touch the glacier itself! The trail to Comeau Pass rises 1,600 feet over 3 miles. It’s a challenging hike, but well worth the effort. Return to a delicious dinner and our final night at Sperry Chalet.

Day 3:

Today, hike 6.7 miles back down to Lake McDonald through a diverse cedar forest. Return around 3 p.m. to West Glacier – just in time for the optional half day whitewater rafting trip! Enjoy class II and III rapids on the wild and scenic Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Please contact our office if you wish to add the raft trip.

Facilities at Sperry Chalet:

  • There is no electricity nor are there shower facilities at the chalet.
  • Flashlights or small battery lamps are recommended for night use in your room.
  • Drinking water is available.
  • Sperry Chalet has a full service dining room with sit-down dining and wait staff.
  • The sleeping accommodations are about 200 feet from the main chalet. The rooms are hostel-style furnished with single beds and accommodate 2 to 4 people. We try to give couples/groups their own room, but we cannot guarantee this.
  • Linens are provided.
  • The restroom facility is located outside. It features flush toilets and sinks for washing up. No baths or hot water are available.

Meeting Notes: Guests should call our office the day prior to departure at 406-387-5555 to check-in. The day of the trip, you should arrive at our office at 6:30 AM to meet your guide.  Click on directions for how to find us.

Want to see Granite Park and Sperry Chalets? Check out our Ultimate 6 Day Chalet Tour!

Learn More About The Glacier National Park 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 will re-open in Summer 2020. The Two Medicine Chalet is now a camp store. Here’s a list of good reads about the chalets:

Sperry Chalet burns to the ground on August 31, 2017

  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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