EXPLORE: Granite Park Chalet, Glacier National Park

By Beacon Staff

Four-star hotels may pamper guests with all the luxuries, but likely nowhere else offers more stunning views to wake up to than the Granite Park Chalet. Hidden away from civilization in the heart of Glacier National Park, this historic hotel overlooks the picturesque Garden Wall and surrounding wilderness peaks of the Continental Divide. Built by the Great Northern Railway between 1914-15 and designated a national historic landmark in 1987, Granite Park is one of two remaining chalets in Glacier. The rustic lodge has 12 rooms of single bunks and a dining room. Reservations are required. There is no running water on site, and guests can use the open kitchen for cooking. Pre-ordered meals made by staff are an option, too. The best way to arrive at the chalet is via the Highline Trail, which crosses the Garden Wall. Depart from the trailhead west of Logan Pass Visitor Center and trek 7.6 miles, mostly downhill, toward the chalet. It’s relatively easy and should take about four hours. Another option is from The Loop. Hike mostly uphill from the switchback on the Going-to-the-Sun Road for four miles. It may be short, but this route features an elevation gain of 2,597 feet. Plan for roughly two hours.

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