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Sperry Chalet Tour – Trip Details

Difficulty: Moderate, Family Friendly

2020 Dates: July 27th, August 20th and August 27th

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


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 (ride is optional!), stay in a stone walled backcountry hut, 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 delicious, home cooked meals. Each night enjoy the crisp feel of real 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 Glacier’s backcountry. 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 remaining 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 at 406-387-5555 or email info@glacierguides.com to add the raft trip to your reservation.
Sperry Chalet plaque

Sperry Chalet Itinerary

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. Finally, we’ll spend our first night at the Chalet.

*Riding horses up to Sperry, as its first guests did, is an amazing Montana experience. However, for our guests who prefer to hike, that’s always an option, and one of our guides will be with you! 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 call our office at 406-387-5555 or email info@glacierguides.com to add the raft trip to your reservation.

Facilities at Sperry Chalet:

  • This is an off-grid backcountry hut. No electricity, no showers.
  • The restroom facility is located outside. It features flush toilets and sinks for washing up. No baths or hot water are available.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Linens are provided.
  • Flashlights or small battery lamps are recommended for night use in your room.

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!

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

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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