September 12, 2018 - Wednesday
Thanks for a wonderful summer
Looking back on all the great hiking, the chalet camaraderie, the beautiful sights encountered, and even the way Mother Nature inconvenienced us with fire. I think it is fair to say, it has been a richly lived summer at Granite Park Chalet. Glacier has given us all a good adventure in 2018, thanks for joining us.
September 6, 2018 - Thursday
West Side Shuttles
Going to the Sun Road remains closed on the west side of the park, however, the National Park Service will begin operating shuttle service between Apgar Visitor Center and Logan Pass starting Friday the 7th.
You can learn more about using the shuttle through the west side closure here:
Space on the shuttle will be limited. Granite Park Chalet guests should contact our office to arrange standby seating to help you get your hike started.
The Highline Trail from Logan Pass is open. The Swiftcurrent Pass Trail from Many Glacier is open. The Loop Trail remains closed and the shuttle will not be stopping at The Loop.
Conditions have been beautiful up at Granite Park the past week, we have been enjoying some lovely September weather. Be sure to bring a comfortable warm layer for the evenings and mornings. The skies have been clear lately, but the Howe Ridge Fire is still not controlled. The fire could flair up again and weather and winds could change the air quality without warning. We are staying optimistic and looking forward to your visit.
August 25, 2018 - Saturday
Granite Park update
Granite Park Chalet is open, you can reach us on the Highline Trail from Logan pass and on the Swiftcurrent Pass trail from Many Glacier. Be prepared for cooler weather and occasional rain showers for the remainder of the season.
Going to the Sun Road remains closed on the west side between Apgar and Logan Pass and the Loop Trail remains closed. If you are trying to reach Granite Park from the west side you will need to add about three hours to your travel plans to use Highway 2 and access the park from the east at St Mary. We continue to recommend using the shuttle system as parking is challenging at Logan Pass.
A new wildfire has erupted near the U.S. Canadian border. If you are planning to travel north into Waterton Lakes National Park, all areas are currently closed except for Waterton Townsite. Any Granite Park visitors planning to hike north be advised that all trails out of Goat Haunt are now closed. More information about the Boundary Fire can be found here:
Air quality remains hit or miss. Wind direction and weather conditions determine if the air quality is clear or hazy at Granite Park. We have been using the webcams to monitor air quality.
In spite of the fires and road closure, we are still looking forward to a few more weeks of fun hiking and exploring around Granite Park Chalet.
Be safe out there.
August 13, 2018 - Monday
Granite Park Chalet is OPEN. However, recent new wildfires in Glacier may impact your travel and hiking plans.
Going to the Sun Road is currently closed on the west side of the park. Granite Park Chalet can be reached from the east side St. Mary access to Logan Pass and along the Highline Trail, or from Many Glacier over the Swiftcurrent Pass trail.
If you were already planning to access Granite Park Chalet from the east, carry on, we will see you there. Be advised that you will not be able to use the Loop Trail to depart. We recommend using the shuttle system for access to Logan Pass.
If you are coming from the west side of the park, you will need to add a couple hours to your plans and travel to the St. Mary entrance via Highway 2. Again, we suggest using the shuttle for Logan Pass access.
Unexpected wildfires are a fact of nature here in Glacier. Being adaptable is a good skill to foster for wilderness visits.
Be safe out there.
July 29, 2018 - Sunday
Summer at Granite Park Chalet
We are enjoying an amazing summer of hiking and mountain adventures. All the trails in and out of the chalet are open, Granite Park Chalet is a great hiking destination.
The weather has been hot and dry, so bring extra water on your hike. Snacks will help too.
Roads and parking are very crowded, we recommend the park shuttle system. The first 7:00am runs from Apgar Transit Center are express routes to Logan Pass. The last bus departs Logan Pass at 7:00pm.
Just because the weather was hot and dry last week does not mean it will stay that way. Hike smart; check the forecast and conditions before setting off into the backcountry. Think about bringing some extras like sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, even a light jacket for high country wind.
July 4, 2018 - Wednesday
Highline Trail is open!
The beautiful and popular Highline Trail from Logan Pass is now open.
Be ready for some snow crossings and wet trail conditions this week. Now go take a hike!
June 27, 2018 - Wednesday
Yay! Granite Park Chalet is open!
We are excited for a new year of hiking and mountain adventures and we can't wait for you to join us.
Going to the Sun Road is open and the shuttle service will start in a few days on July 1. If you need to park at the Loop Trailhead before the shuttle service begins, we recommend getting there early, the parking will fill up quickly.
The Loop Trail is currently your best choice for getting to Granite Park Chalet. There is still some snow on the last half mile approach to the chalet, and patchy snow in the vicinity. Good waterproof boots will help you.
The Swiftcurrent Pass Trail from Many Glacier is open, but expect to find a snow covered trail at the highest elevations. Route finding skills, as well as those good boots will be important if you choose this route.
We do not have any forecast for the opening of the Highline Trail. This trail is extremely dangerous when it is snow covered and posted as closed, please be safe and respect the trail closed signs.
April 27, 2018 - Friday
Our pre-order menu is now available for the 2018 season. You may place your order online here.
Our menu is designed to be easy to prepare, easy to clean up, and tasty to eat. Just as important, pre-ordering can make your backpack lighter. Your food will be waiting for you in the Granite Park kitchen when you arrive.
February 19, 2018 - Monday
Sperry Chalet open house
Chalet appreciators should be aware of an event coming up on February 28. The National Park Service is seeking public comment about the future of Sperry Chalet.
A community event entitled “The Sperry Chalet Experience: Past, Present, and Future” to engage with the public, explore the nature of the Sperry Chalet visitor experience, and hear about what pieces of that experience are important to retain as the National Park Service rebuilds Sperry Chalet.
The program will be held on February 28 from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at the Flathead Valley Community College Arts and Technology Building, Room 139 in Kalispell, MT.
For those of you on the far side of the horizon and unable to attend the open house, the park will also post a newsletter on the National Park Service Planning Website [https://parkplanning.nps.gov/] describing preliminary rebuilding concepts with an opportunity for public comment either online or via written letter.
More information here: https://www.nps.gov/glac/learn/news/media18-05.htm
January 11, 2018 - Thursday
We are very thankful for all the chalet enthusiasm we have seen this week, and we thrilled to meet so many people that will be hiking to Granite Park Chalet this summer. It's a bummer that this little hotel is not able to host everyone that wants to stay with us. If you could not get a reservation we are just as disappointed as you are, please check back periodically through the spring. Cancellations and changes do happen. Any openings will be available first come, first served.
January 2, 2018 - Tuesday
Coming up on Monday we will begin accepting reservations for the 2018 season. Here is some info and a few hints to help you out.
- Monday, January 8th, at 8:00am mountain time zone.
Any early requests are discarded.
- Use the reservation request form on our website.
This is the best, fastest, and easiest way to send us a reservation request and using this form will improve your chances of getting your reservation. If you would prefer to call, email, or use any other form of communication the only thing we can do is enter your request into the online form on your behalf. This will always be slower and less fruitful than going online and doing it yourself.
It is normal for there to be a backlog of requests that will take us several days to work through. We give every request personal attention to ensure the best reservation arrangements possible.
We reply to every request by Email. Be sure your contact information is accurate and check your junk mail folder if you do not hear back from us.
You may send us a first and second choice of stay dates. We recommend sending us a range of dates for the entire time you plan to be in Glacier. The more flexible you can be, the better your chances of getting a reservation.
The first week in August is always the most popular time to visit and the hardest time to get a reservation. You may have more success by trying to reserve earlier or later in the season.
We handle requests in order, first come, first served. Sending multiple requests will not improve your chances. In fact it slows the process and makes reservations more difficult for everyone. Pay close attention that you are sending a complete and accurate request.
Granite Park Chalet is the smallest hotel inside Glacier National Park with a very short operating season. It is normal for the demand to be two or three times our capacity. It is unfortunate that we cannot serve everyone that wants to stay with us. If you can't get a reservation on your first try, check back periodically through the spring. Cancellations do happen and are available first come first served.
- Weather and wilderness hazards will never change the terms of the cancellation policy. We recommend you purchase travel insurance for your chalet visit.