September 10, 2017 - Sunday
Closed for the season
It was a hot and dry summer, it was a busy summer. We got see lots of friends, new and old, and we got to do some incredible hiking. It was amazing to see how many people had a chance to visit us and enjoy Glacier National Park.
We are saddened by the loss of our companion, Sperry Chalet. We still have plans to make and decisions to reach before we can move forward. Expect to see Granite Park Chalet reservations open for the 2018 season in January. We will publish exact dates and details here this fall as we learn them.
We hope to see you and your hiking buddies up in the backcountry again next summer.
September 4, 2017 - Monday
The 2017 Granite Park Team sends their heartfelt wishes to the Sperry Chalet Crew, Belton Chalets, Inc, the firefighters, and the public, in the loss of the GNRY Sperry Hotel.
September 3, 2017 - Sunday
Evacuation Order in Effect
Evacuation Order in Effect Between Apgar Loop Road and Logan Pass.
All park entrances remain open. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed between Apgar Loop Road and Logan Pass. Logan Pass is accessible via the St. Mary Entrance. Apgar Village, Campground, and Picnic Area are open.
Granite Park Chalet is open and is not in harms way. We are ready to serve you.
The Highline Trail from Logan Pass is currently the best route in and out of the chalet. The Swiftcurrent Pass Trail is also open to Many Glacier. The Loop Trail is not accessible.
If you are trying to reach Granite Park Chalet from West Glacier, plan to add about 2.5 hours of travel time around the park on Highway 2 to the east entrance at St Mary. Please contact our office if our shuttle can help you.
September 2, 2017 - Saturday
Lake McDonald Evacuation Warning
The National Park Service has issued an evacuation warning on Saturday, September 2, from the south end of Lake McDonald north to Logan Pass along the Going to the Sun Road corridor. This is in response to potential fire activity from the Sprague fire.
Granite Park Chalet is not in harms way and remains open and accessible. We are prepared to stay open even if the fire should cause the closing of Going to the Sun Road on the west side. Granite Park Chalet will still have east side access on the Highline Trail from Logan Pass and the Swiftcurrent Pass trail from Many Glacier.
For your travel into Granite Park Chalet this week, we recommend using the Highline Trail and Logan Pass as your entry point. In a worse case scenario it will add an additional two and a half hours of travel time to go from West Glacier to Logan Pass via Highway 2 and the east entrance to Going to the Sun Road. Please contact our reservation office if we can assist with our shuttle.
It would be best if you do not park your vehicle at the Loop. Should Sun Road close during your stay at Granite Park Chalet, that may interfere with your ability to egress from the park. If you prefer to hike the Loop Trail, shuttles are available from Logan Pass and park visitor centers that can bring you to the trailhead. Be mindful that your egress may require a different trail.
More fire information is available here:
July 27, 2017 - Thursday
It has been hot and dry in Montana this summer and here in Glacier National Park, stage II fire restrictions have been put in place. What this means for park visitors is no fires. Campfires are not allowed and smoking is only allowed in a barren area. Propane stoves are okay, but charcoal or bbq briquets are not.
While visiting the chalets these restrictions are easy enough to follow. Keep the cooking in the kitchen, and don't mess around with any sort of flame outside.
Be super careful while visiting Glacier during these hot and dry days. Be sure to drink plenty of water and carry extra water while hiking. Start your hikes as early in the morning as you can while it is still cool.
Be safe out there.
July 7, 2017 - Friday
The Highline Trail is open
Hiking from Logan Pass to Granite Park Chalet is now possible. For the next week or so you should still be mindful of snow crossings and some of the hazards that snow can create. Running water can undercut the snow and create the risk of falling through, and of course you should be super careful with the slippery surface.
And Mother Nature is showing her sense of humor by making us worry about both snow and heat on the same hike. The near future forecast has some hot days in it. Be really careful as you go out hiking in the heat of the day. You should:
- Start your hike early while the day is still cool.
- Carry extra water and stay well hydrated.
- Take extra rest breaks in the shade, especially in the hot afternoons.
- Watch your hiking buddies for signs of heat illness: Looking very pale, or odd skin color. Being wobbly or unsteady. Not thinking straight. Excessive sweating, or not sweating at all.
Take breaks in the shade. Drink lots of fluids. And be safe out there.
June 27, 2017 - Tuesday
Yay! Granite Park Chalet is open.
We are super excited to start another summer of hiking and adventure up at Granite Park Chalet. We can't wait for you to visit.
For the next week or so, come prepared for snow in the high country. We are running into snow on the loop trail about a quarter mile below the chalet. You should have good waterproof hiking boots, trekking poles help, hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
The Highline Trail is closed and will probably stay closed for a couple weeks. The Loop Trail is your best access right now. We expect Going to the Sun Road to open to private vehicles soon. Until that happens we are shuttling all chalet guests past the closure up to the Loop trailhead. Call our office if you have questions about your upcoming chalet reservation.
Summertime in Glacier is here. I hope you are planning to take a hike!
June 1, 2017 - Thursday
What about the snow?
We have been getting a lot of questions here in the office about when to expect high country trails to open up this year. The answer will always be: no one knows. Which we have to admit is not very helpful.
So in an effort to be helpful, let me show off some information that we do know.
The Flattop Mountain Snotel site has the best snow depth data for the Glacier Park high country.
From here we can learn how deep the snow got this year, how deep it is right now, and how fast it is melting. Granite Park Chalet is at the same elevation as this monitoring station, so this is our best estimate as to snow conditions around the chalet.
When Does the Highline Trail open?
I can't speak for this year, but here are Highline Trail opening dates from the past several years:
2016: July 6
2015: July 1
2014: July 17
2013: July 13
2012: July 27
2011: July 29
2010: July 9
2009: July 3
2008: July 18
If you have an early season reservation, don't let snow worry you. Granite Park Chalet will be accessible by the Loop Trail, so get out there and enjoy the mountains. Springtime with some snow around makes the chalet gorgeous.