The Granite Park Chalet is centrally located in Glacier National Park, making it accessible only by hiking and horseback trails. More specifically, it can only be reached via the Highline Trail, which is the longest but most-scenic option; the Loop Trail, which is 4 miles each way with 2,200 feet of elevation gain; and the Swiftcurrent Trail that is 7.5 miles with 2,300 feet of elevation gain. Whatever way you choose, the views will be spectacular as you reach this National Historic Landmark that was built in 1914 by the Great Northern Railway. In addition to the Highline, Loop, and Swiftcurrent Trails, the Granite Park Chalet is also close to the remarkable Garden Wall Trail.
Because of the limited access within the park and its setting at an elevation of 6,693 feet, the Granite Park Chalet does not have electricity and is very limited in its service and amenity options. In short, it’s essentially a hiker's hostel that provides 12 guest rooms – each with between two and six bunks. For those with reservations to stay overnight at the Chalet, there is a common-area kitchen with a propane stove to cook a warm lunch or dinner or pay to have it prepared for you. For guests without reservations, don’t expect much more than a roof overhead and basic snacks and drinks for purchase. The Chalet enforces a strict "Pack In, Pack Out" policy for all visitors.
If you’re looking to make an overnight stay at the Chalet, click here for the reservation system. Expect to pay just over $100 for the first person in your party and approximately $80 for each additional person in the same room. The prices go up as you add meal options and linen/bedding service.
At Granite Park Chalet’s elevation near 7,000 feet, the temperature in July and August varies from between 29 and 80 degrees…be sure to bring extra layers and sufficient rain gear for the hike in and out.