The weather was perfect for us as we headed up. It got a little warm, but I’ll take sunshine over rain any day. I’m not a big fan of the hike from Lake McDonald up to the chalet, but just before you get to the chalet, everything changes and you know why you worked so hard for the last six miles.
Once at the Chalet, we checked in and I ran around with my camera, took pictures and video of the chalet and animals in the basin. Dinner came around and the staff wonderfully prepared a delicious meal and a few of us headed up to Lincoln Peak to watch the sun set and enjoy the view as colors changed.
Sperry Chalet is an old chalet built by the Great Northern Railroad and differs from Granite Park Chalet (also built by the railroad) in that they provide linens with the bed and dinner, breakfast and a sack lunch so you can come up with basically just a day pack and spend a night in the mountains. Of course, it books out months in advance so, unless you have reservations, don’t expect to find a bed waiting for you.
The next morning a few of us headed up to Sperry Glacier and just enjoyed the hike and arrived back at our cars that evening pleasantly exhausted.
Visit the full review blog on Sperry Glacier and Gunsight Pass here.