loss of Sperry Chalet to Sprague Fire

Side view of Sperry Chalet after the Sprague Fire. NPS Photo.

Sadly, Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park burned down in August 2017.

You can read all about the loss of Sperry Chalet and her sister chalets by clicking here. Happily, we still take guests to the last chalet standing in Glacier National Park, Granite Park Chalet, several times each summer. Read more about our 3 Day Hut Hike to Granite Park Chalet here.

The National Park Service is rebuilding Sperry Chalet. You can keep up with that process through our social media channels. We hope to return to Sperry Chalet in the summer of 2020 or 2021.

Trip Details

Difficulty: Moderate, Family Friendly

Trip Dates: 

Trip Duration: 3 Days


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 1/2 day raft trip in the afternoon on day 3 is also 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 will 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.

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 we hike 6.5 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 1/2 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 is 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 please arrive at our office by 6:30 a.m. to meet your guide. We are located 1.5 miles west of West Glacier on Highway 2. Look for our Glacier Guides and Montana Raft sign 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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