The only downside to our hike to Granite Park Chalet was that the Highline Trail was closed and we had to hike up the Loop Trail. It's over 2,400 ft. elevation gain in 4.5 miles versus 800 ft. in 7.5 on the Highline. Our stay at the Chalet was chilly and stormy, but we loved it. The staff was amazing and we met the nicest people. Would do it again in a heartbeat!
We hiked nearly 8 miles on the wondrous Highline Trail to this historic chalet where it was fully booked. The chalet is very rustic with a good kitchen on the main level to cook your food. Folks visiting who had been there before brought pasta for dinner. Good idea cuz I ordered the dehydrated backpacker crap online so I wouldn’t have to carry food. Bad idea! That stuff sucked. Other hikers brought up the good stuff like cheese and crackers and wine. Bring ramen and just boil water in the kitchen! Anyway, our room had 3 bunk beds for just the 2 of us since parties don’t share rooms. My mattress was awful and it slanted sideways. Didn’t sleep well at all despite watching a gorgeous sunset from the balcony. I did enjoy opening the window and sticking my feet outside while I sat in a chair staring at the world for an hour. Wow! The clean pit toilets are located about 30 yards or so from the chalet and you do not venture out to visit them at night due to bears in the area. This is most important to know if you are someone who needs to go in the middle of the night. Heads up! I am really happy that I made the effort to spend a night here even though I had to carry more in my pack on the hike in. I wished i had brought a cup of noodles or something though for dinner. Maybe a roll too. I will add that we were nervous on our hike in and out due to the need to be bear aware. As we left the chalet about to hike down the 4 miles of the Loop Trail, we did see a grizzly bear about 40 yards from the trail head intersection. He was headed uphill as we went down.…
We (parents and kids ages 11-15) hiked the High LIne up and Swift Current down. Long hike that was a but terrifying for someone afraid of heights (ME!!!) for parts. We saw elk right by the chalet! Breathtaking views! No electricity or running water so had to bring our own. But, the only place we got actual cell service inside the park. The staff provide bedding and lanterns. Could literally hear all adjacent rooms and more; like the walls didn't even exist. Coffee hour and ranger talks were nice! Wish they had a book exchange - a little free library n the shape of the chalet was my suggestion.
Unbelievably beautiful place to be in the wilderness. Be prepared if Highline trail is closed as the Loop trail was strenuous. Make reservations the day they open the first week in January. And take out trip insurance in case you don't make it there. Worth every step to get there though even with the primitive experience. Highly recommend. It was the highlight of the trip.
Most people only stay one night, we were in that group on previous trips. This time we did two nights and could have easy enjoyed more. The views and people are great. You don't have to hike in your bedding, it is possible for them to provided it for a fee if you want to decrease the wait in your pack. You can also leave the stove at home. They have the ability to cooks some food and heat up water for your dry-packed foods. Food storage is available. Pit toilets. No showers, But there is a water source where you don't need to filter your water. There are some books and maps in the lodge area and they have lights on in the evening hours so your can visit, play some cards, or read. Internet access is iffy but possible