A reservation request window opens in October, for a very short period of time. Applications are accepted, sorted and filled, and then it is booked for the season except for last minute cancellation openings. I booked 10 months ahead during that early booking period, for both chalets, my entire 10 day trip to Glacier was built around getting into the 2 chalets, then I got airfare, then filled in the rest of my lodging, then a rental car, all almost a year ahead of time. Planning pays off, I had rates half of what I heard other people say, and I got lodging where I wanted to be not miles away. Stay for at least 2 nights, so you have a "layover day" to do a day hike or two! More than 3 nights might get boring.
Sperry is full service, 3 meals a day, bedding, all included in the price. Rooms are all private, but it is an old bunk house and sound carries (A LOT!) and there is no electricity or water in the bunkhouse. The rooms were clean, and basic, with great views, and absolutely perfect. The staff could not be better, from very young to quite mature, they were really lovely.
Bathrooms are a separate building, composting toilets, and one outside sink for all to share for washing up a bit and teeth. There are no showers, there is no hot water. (Unless if you pack a stove and heat your own, I do that, JetBoil & 2 minutes equals clean-ish hair each day). There is a clothes line for rinsing out and drying things you can use.
Meal House and "community hall" are the 3rd building, set hours for breakfast and dinner, a pack lunch for hiking during the day. A nature type talk most nights, and games/social time before lights out.
There is a horse transport option at Sperry, but hiking is better if you can do it. Gunsight Pass Trail, 13 to 15 miles from one direction, or 7 miles from the other. I went with the shorter, more traveled route because I was hiking alone and there had been two grizzly warnings on the longer trail while I was there.
Hikes: Sperry Glacier for sure, take all day to really enjoy it. Lake Ellen Wilson and Gunsight Pass too, half to full day. Save some time for relaxing in the afternoon sun, soak up the view of Lake McDonald below and take photos of the mountain goats, they're everywhere.
- Also Known As:
- Sperry Chalet Hotel Glacier National Park
- Sperry Chalet Glacier National Park, Montana