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Granite Park Chalet
Reviewed September 6, 2011

We joined friends and their families for our first trip to Glacier National Park. This was the first backpacking trip we've taken with our children, 6 and 8. We hiked the highline trail to the Chalet. We had such a wonderful time there. The accomodations cannot be beat - a view with a room - clean and comfortable. The lodge is a hub of activity where warm, knowledgable, humble, and engaging staff took care to make all feel welcome and our children special (they even recognized them at the 7:30pm coffee hour for thier contributions). Our fellow guests were interesting and easy to talk with (the coffee hour was an excellent ice breaker). It was during the hike to/from and stay at the Chalet that our children's interest in hiking and backpacking was ignighted. So much so, they asked if we can come back to the Chalet next year (they've only ever asked to go back to the Cayman Islands before). We are making plans now. The Chalet is nice, the staff, exceptional. In short, if you get a chance to go, go. It's not just a place to stay. It's a place to make memories, remember and look forward to. The staff understand this and do their best to convey their love of the place to all who visit.

Room Tip: We really enjoyed the rooms in the main lodge. In part b/c they were above the main lodge's st...
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank Amy B
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Reviewed August 9, 2011

We only secured a place at Granite Park two days before we arrived due someone else’s cancelation. Their loss our gain!

Even though we are all unfit and I am overweight the hike up the loop trail was fine. The warm greeting from Hannah and her brothers at the top soon helped us forget about the journey. Yes, the accom is basic, but clean and very friendly. Yes, you take you own food in, but the camaraderie is unforgettable. Yes, you need to fetch your own water, but so what.

If you get the chance stay here try to put the price out of your mind and do it. Its magical.

Room Tip: freeze dried veg lasagne was the best
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank thedukesofhazzard17
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

Our party of 9 traveled to the Chalet on August 4-6 as an early celebration of my dad's 80th birthday. I am a backcountry enthusiast and experienced hiker, so I went with the mindset that I was camping and anything else would be a surprise. The average traveler must take into consider that this is a self-service, rustic rental property. If you aren't used to eating freeze-dried meals, getting your own water, or sleeping in an old bunk bed, then don't confuse this with a full-service motel.
Also, the walls are very thin but the staff provides ear plugs. And you have to walk 200 feet to the bathroom, which at night may be a challenge. FYI: this is grizzly country!
The view from our deck has to be one of the finest in the United States; I have been to a lot of mountain regions, and nothing tops this. But one of the greatest highlights was the professionalism and attention to detail of the young staff. They are dedicated and work very hard. They went out of their way to make us comfortable. 5 stars for the alone. Thank you for the great experience, Granite Park!

Room Tip: They assign your room based on the time of reservation, so you can't choose a room.
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3  Thank scooterwa2
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Reviewed July 18, 2011

We've taken several trips into this chalet. Ever year is awesome. This year we went mid July. The snow was deep and we hiked for several miles in snow. Bring yak tracks and hiking poles and don't let the snow chase you away. The staff there makes you feel at home. Do it!

  • Stayed: July 2011
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1  Thank Timbertiger
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Reviewed December 8, 2010

Two years prior to our stay we went to the Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and loved it, so when we heard about the Chalet we signed up (make sure you do it early).

We hiked in from Logan Pass (7+ mile hike). There was still a lot of snow but good boots, hiking poles and common sense made it manageable. Along the way we saw mountain goats marmots and Big horn sheep (from 5 feet away).

The views from the trail are awesome!

We got to the lodge and checked in. The room was pretty simple (3 sets of bunk beds a couple of chairs, a small table and pegs to hang up your backpacks) but right outside the window was a view of Heaven's Peak.

You have to hike about 1/4 mile to get the water and then you have to boil it for your freeze dried meals (here's a tip - the cost of buying the food there is equl to or less than bringing it in yourself so consider doing that instead of packing in your own)

In the lobby area there was a wood burning stove to sit around and dry out boots. There are cards and games and articles about the chalet.

I mentioned to the staff that we heard we might be able to see bears in the valley below us and they immediatedly brought out a big spotting scope. We eventually saw three grizzlies from a good distance away. (We also saw a lot of deer walking around near the chalet.)

The sunset was spectacular and we tried to take as many pictures as we could.

It got a little cold at night so we all slept with our warm clothes on and the blankets that they provided (everyone got two blankets)

The staff was very helpful and friendly.

The Granite Chalet was awesome and worth every penny!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 26, 2010

This backcountry hut was amazing. We stayed for two nights and definitely recommend that - you need some time to savor the experience and chill, and (if the weather is good!) you can do hikes on the day in between. The location is breath-taking and you could stare at the views all day long. We hiked in on the Highline Trail which was absolutely wonderful, and did the extra spur up to the Grinnell Glacier overlook on the way in as well. Unfortunately we had very cold and cloudy weather once we got to the hut, so we did not do any hikes on our middle day but if the weather had been better we would have done the Swiftcurrent Lookout. We ended up hiking back on the Highline Trail to our car which was parked at Logan Pass, since none of the shuttles were running anymore (be aware the the shuttles stop after Labor Day!) We could have hitched a ride and found our way back to Logan Pass after hiking out via Swiftcurrent Pass but opted to go back to Logan because everything was clouded in anyway.

The staff was very warm, friendly and helpful. Compared to the huts we have visited in Colorado, this one seemed luxurious with someone cleaning and providing boiled water, packing out the trash and snacks for sale! We had a room in the main building upstairs, with four bunks but we had it to ourselves. We brought our own dehydrated food which was super easy, especially since we didn't even need to boil the water!

Tips: We brought our sleeping bags which from talking to other guests seemed to be the way to go since the provided blankets were not as warm. Be bear-aware, they are everywhere and we felt that having bear spray made us feel better (in addition to making noise, etc), but luckily we only saw them from a safe distance. Book in advance - this hut books out almost a year ahead of time, and while we did talk to people who were there on last-minute cancellations, if you want to go at a certain time you'll probably be safest booking ahead of time. Be prepared for any type of weather, anytime!

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 16, 2010

Not luxury, but definitely everything I expected and more.
The pictures do not lie-- and they frankly understate the 360 degrees of this gem of a park that greets you when look out of your room.
The staff is very helpful- especially when it comes to organizing the meals and water runs.

My fourteen year old son and I hiked in from Logan and it is a decent hike for those not used to the elevation of 6500 feet or carrying a pack 8 miles. It is such an outstanding hike you want to enjoy the experience- so prepare the weeks before your trip if your not used to that long a hike with a pack.

One other recommendation- we booked our stay to include an interpretive geology workshop that is organized by the Chalet with Jeff Kuhn. Jeff and his wife led our small group on two field trips/ day hikes. Jeff's deep understanding of the geology of the park was only surpassed by his incredible knowledge and love for all aspects of Glacier National Park. If you see any space available on any of his workshops- book it fast then plan the rest of your trip. You will not regret it.

One other surprise-- as you might expect ( and hope) cell service in the park is zero to spotty at best. Yet the best reception I got in Glacier was at the Granite Park Chalet- but only verizon comes in per the staff.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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6  Thank JJCinNJ
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Additional Information about Granite Park Chalet

Address: Box 535, West Glacier, MT 59936-0535
Location: United States > Montana > West Glacier
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Ranked #12 of 13 Specialty Lodging in West Glacier
Price Range: $75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 21
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