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Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
The Historic Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park.
   

Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park

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Wildflowers, Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
Sperry Glacier Trail, Glacier National Park
Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
These steps were blasted out of the Sperry Headwall in the twenties.  Comeau Pass is at the top of these stairs, and the Sperry Glacier is only another mile up the trail!

Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
Sperry Glacier, Glacier National Park
Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park



Mountain Goat Kid, Sperry Chalet Trail, Glacier National Park
Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
Mule Deer, Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
Gunsight Lake, Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
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             Sperry Chalet
Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
The Sperry Chalet in the Lake McDonald Area of Glacier National Park is an extremely popular destination for park visitors.

The Sperry Chalet
The historic Sperry Chalet is located in the Lake McDonald Area, and is an incredibly famous icon of Glacier National Park.  Built in 1913 by the Great Northern Railway, the Sperry Chalet is nestled high in the wilderness above Lake McDonald, and is a gateway to pristine beauty that is far beyond description.

The Sperry Chalet is a wonderful stone structure that is reached by hiking the Sperry Trail that begins at the
Lake McDonald Lodge.  It's 6.4 miles to the Sperry Chalet, and you will climb 3,432 vertical feet during your hike.  So if you're not in good physical condition, this hike may not be for you.  However, if you are in relatively good shape and you're ready for some adventure, you'll love this hike to the Sperry Chalet!

Comeau Pass, Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
This photo was taken on Comeau Pass, which is just above the Sperry Chalet on the trail to the Sperry Glacier in Glacier National Park.

Stay The Night!
Very few people take the hike to the Sperry Chalet just to briefly visit it and return to the Lake McDonald Lodge the same day.  Instead, most Glacier Park Visitors get reservations far in advance and stay the night in this historic building.  And what is quite different about the Sperry Chalet when comparing it to the Granite Park Chalet is that you are totally pampered at the Sperry Chalet.  You will enjoy a delicious dinner in the historic dining hall (a separate stone building), and each bed has mounds of warm bedding and blankets.  There is even filtered tap water near the chalet.  The Sperry Chalet in Glacier Park has a wonderful team of hosts that are there to make your stay as comfortable as possible- and they'll even make you a sack lunch for your next day's hikes and adventures.

The reason there are so many more "comforts of home" at the Sperry Chalet versus the Granite Park Chalet is there is a mule train that keeps the Sperry Chalet well supplied twice a week throughout the summer.  Now that of course costs money, so the tab for staying at the Sperry Chalet is quite a bit more than the Granite Park Chalet.  Now you can opt to stay at one of the nearby backcountry campsites which are about a half a mile further up the trail- but that of course requires you to pack EVERYTHING with you in a large overnight pack- including a tent, sleeping bags, cookware and food.


 
Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
The Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park is nestled on cliffs within a mountain of stone, which is part of the enormous Gunsight Mountain.

Recommendations:

Leave Lake McDonald Lodge Early! 
By leaving Lake McDonald Lodge as early as possible for your hike up the Sperry Chalet, you can get up there and have time to enjoy the beauty that surrounds the Sperry Chalet Area.   Don't over pack because the Sperry Chalet has food and a warm bed, but it's quite a hike up to the chalet so carry some water with you and a snack.  And as always, bring clothing for all types of weather.  And did we mention a camera? 

Sperry Chalet, Glacier National ParkLincoln Pass
We strongly recommend that once you get to the Sperry Chalet and get settled in, go on a short hike southeast of the Chalet. 

This trail begins at the Sperry Chalet and it will
take you right by the back country campsites where backpackers have come to stay after hiking over Gunsight Pass, and then on to Lincoln Pass (see left photo) where you will see a great view of Lake Ellen Wilson and Mount Jackson. Near the head of Lake Ellen Wilson is the famous Gunsight Pass.
The huge peaks to the north are  Gunsight Mountain and Mount Edwards.  This hike to Lincoln Pass is only a few miles, and is relatively easy.  It is very much worth your time and effort, and most visitors can enjoy this area and easily get back to the Sperry Chalet in plenty of time to enjoy their luxurious dinner.

Lincoln Peak
  
View from Lincoln Peak, Sperry Chalet, Glacier National ParkIf you want to really get a view and actually summit a Glacier National Park peak, at the top of the ridge on Lincoln Pass there is a trail that takes you up Lincoln Peak.  It's a relatively easy hike, and is only about 300 yards, but the view from the summit is astonishing! 

You will not only see Gunsight Pass, Mount JacksonMount Edward, Gunsight Mountain
and Lake Ellen Wilson, but
you will also see the remote Lincoln Lake below Lake Ellen Wilson, with the 
incredible 1,344 foot Beaver Chief Falls connecting these two high mountain lakes (see right photo).  You will also see the Sperry Chalet far below you, as well as the spectacular Lake McDonald

The hike up to Lincoln Peak from Lincoln Pass is short but quite steep, so you really should be in good physical condition to attempt it.  And you can always start up it, and if it's too much- simply enjoy the view where you're at and then turn around.  Again, you should easily get to the summit of Lincoln Peak and then back to the Sperry Chalet in time for the wonderful dinner that awaits you!


           
Sperry Glacier

Sperry Glacier, Glacier National Park
We STRONGLY recommend you hike to the famous Sperry Glacier via the Sperry Glacier Trail the following morning if you're in good physical condition!

After a good nights sleep at the Sperry Chalet, the next morning we strongly suggest that you take the amazing hike 2.5 miles up to the Sperry Headwall (Comeau Pass) and then on to the great Sperry Glacier (additional 1 mile).  The hike is fairly steep (1,600 vertical feet in 2.5 miles), so you need to be in relatively good shape.  The hike to the Sperry Glacier is remarkable with magnificent scenery that you will never forget, and it will be one of the highlights of your Glacier National Park Vacation. To learn all about the hike to Sperry Glacier, click the following link: Sperry Glacier.

Gunsight Pass Route to Sperry Chalet
  The Gunsight Pass Trail is another way to get to the Sperry Chalet, and it's for advanced hikers only.  The trailhead is located at the Jackson Glacier Turnout on east side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road and the trail takes you southward up through Gunsight Pass and Lincoln Pass, and then on to the Sperry Chalet.   The next day, once you're done exploring the Sperry Chalet Area, simply walk down the trail to the Lake McDonald Lodge where your car awaits you.

Sperry Chalet, Glacier National ParkGet Your Reservations Far
In Advance!

The Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park
is extremely popular, and you really need to get your reservations far in advance.  We recommend a year in advance just to be safe.  This adventure will remain with you in a very positive way for the rest of your life! 

 
 Sperry Chalet Trail Map, Glacier National Park
    Courtesy of NPS

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Mountain Goat, Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
You will definitely see mountain goats above the Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park!

Grizzly bear, Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
There are definitely grizzly bears in the Sperry Chalet area, so talk loud as you hike.


Lincoln Pass, Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
A view of Mount Jackson and Lake Ellen Wilson from Lincoln Pass in Glacier National Park.

Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
Beware of the Sperry Chalet headless ghost!

Sperry Trail, Glacier National Park
Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
You are definitely in Grizzly Country at the Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park.

Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
Enjoying our room at the Historic Sperry Chalet.

Wildflowers, Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
You'll see wildflowers along the hike to the Sperry Chalet.

Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
Our room at the Sperry Chalet had this wonderful balcony to enjoy the view from.

Sperry Glacier Trail, Glacier National Park
Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
The hike to the Sperry Glacier in Glacier National Park is absolutely fantastic and we highly recommend it!!!


Wildflowers, Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
Mountain Goat, Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
Mule deer fawn, Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
Sperry Chalet Glacier National Park
Grizzly Bear, Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
View from Lincoln Peak, Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
This is a spectular 
view from the summit of Lincoln Peak.  Lake Ellen Wilson is to the left, Lincoln Lake is to the right.  The 1,344 foot high Beaver Chief Falls is between them.  Mount Jackson looms in the distance.

Sperry Glacier Trail, Glacier National Park
Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park









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