Sperry Chalet Trail
12. miles (round trip) elevation gain 3,432 feet
During Season food and water available at Sperry Dining Hall.
Snyder Lake, Sperry Chalet, Fish Lake and Mount Brown
share the same trail for the first two miles.
Lot's of horse and mule traffic on this trail.
Grinnell Glacier Trail is easier and much more scenic.
NO views until just before getting to the Chalet!
Part of the Gunsight Pass Trail
Lake McDonald Trail Map
Sperry Chalet Trail is a heavily traveled trail with a steep ascent.
Mount Brown Trail, which is the first trail that branches off the Sperry Chalet Trail is the steepest of the day hikes in Glacier National Park! After passing Mount Brown Trail you will come to the Snyder Lake Trail branch, again on your left. At this point the main trail goes down to Crystal Ford.
Lots of horse and mule traffic on this trail. Horses and mules have right away. Step off the trail to the DOWNHILL side and stop to let the horses pass you.
Important after crossing the bridge: take the left hand fork in the trail. Fish Lake Trail goes straight. Fish Lake Trail be aware that it is a secondary trail, there were several dead falls across the trail that had been there for a long time.
Actually Fish Lake is the ONLY trail that I have hiked ONCE and don't plan on ever doing again.
Young Mountain Goats
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things
that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
You cannot see Sperry Chalet until the end of the trail. Finally the trail opens up and Sperry Chalet is above you on the edge of a cliff. The building on the left is the dinning hall. There is a water faucet on this building. Sperry Chalet didn't open until July 15, 2011, during the record breaking snowfall year of 2011. Not visible in this photo is the large toilet building. Sperry Chalet is the building on the far right.