Our friend, Suunto lover and adventurer David Steele takes a trip in Glacier National Park from one famous chalet to another and gives a bit of a background behind these two iconic sites in the majestic Park. Check out the map and all of the stats from his trip on Movescount.
By David Steele:
Glacier National Park has not always been a place for hikers and backpackers—much of its early trail and amenity development was spurred by the Great Northern Railroad. Visitors in the Gilded Age would arrive by rail, transfer to horseback, and follow trails in a series of different loops between a network of tent camps and chalets. Via fire, neglect, and the rapid change of landscape, only two backcountry chalets remain in Glacier. 2014 marks the centennial for Sperry Chalet, and Granite Park Chalet follows in 2015.
Our day had two purposes: finish out the summer wandering season with a bang, and visit both chalets by connecting a series of popular routes. Up the Loop, across the Highline from Granite Park to Logan Pass, and then across Floral Park to Sperry Chalet. Some route finding issues in the Sperry Glacier basin saw us descending to Lake McDonald in the dark. I’ve not heard of anyone doing this link up in a day before, and the stats bear that out—it was a fair amount of work, but solid Type Two fun.
Check out these amazing photos from the trip by photographer Myke Hermsmeyer
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