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And now the way I saw it.

 

Sign says:

"In the 1920's large parties of tourists gathered on horseback at the Many Glacier Hotel. The Hotel was part of a network of Chalets built a day ride apart....a way for guests to cross the parks wild roadless interior while spending nights in relative comfort and security. Sperry and Granite Park Chalets continue to play their historic roles by lodging overnight hikers.

 

A blend of rustic materials and Swiss chalet style, the Hotel's architecture expresses the paradox of Glacier National Park tourism....the attempt to balance development with the forces of wilderness. The Swiss motif grew out of a campaign to attract vacationers to America's Alps."

 

Happy Friday!

 

What really sets the Highline Trail apart is the panoramic views all the way from Logan Pass to the Granite Park Chalet.

 

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seen from Granite Park Chalet

The view of Glacier National Park from the top of the Grinnell Glacier Overlook, off of the Highline Trail.

 

A mile or two before reaching the Granite Park Chalet Campground on the Highline Trail, there is an opportunity to climb the Garden Wall to an overlook above the Grinnell Glacier. It's only .6 miles long, but it's a steep ascent. The views from the top are absolutely spectacular, however. This is the view to the southwest, looking out over Heavens Peak, Mt. Cannon, and Lake McDonald in between the two in the distance. You can see the Highline trail running along below in the foreground.

We stopped to enjoy a snack as Granite Park Chalet came into view for the first time (out of frame to the right). Lake McDonald is visible in the distance.

 

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Day 41 - September 13, 2009 - Glacier National Park, Montana

 

There are two approaches to the summit of Swiftcurrent Mountain: start from the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn in the Many Glacier Area and head along the CDT to Swiftcurrent Pass (Continental Divide Trail) (8+ miles), or start from The Loop parking area (along Going-to-the-Sun Road west of Logan Pass) and head up the Granite Park Trail past Granite Park Chalet to Swiftcurrent Pass (4+ miles). I started from The Loop. Then, from Swiftcurrent Pass to the summit, it is a STEEP 1.3 miles! But it is worth it as the views get better on the way up. This view from the summit looks east toward the Many Glacier Area.

 

Summit of Swiftcurrent Mountain in Glacier National Park, Montana

Granite Park Chalet with an amazing view that puts our own size into perspective. 12.5 miles down, 7 more till Many Glacier (my final destination for my third night in the park - approaching halfway point for the week, 45.5 miles).

After departing from Granite Park Chalet we climbed over Swiftcurrent Pass and began our descent into the Many Glacier Valley.

 

This is a view from our descent of Swiftcurrent Pass - looking at the Many Glacier Valley in Glacier National Park, Montana.

Panorama from the summit of Mt Oberlin, Glacier NP, looking from north to about southeast. Perfect day for a hike but a bit hazy for photos.

 

Given the short growing season in Glacier National park which lasts just a few months, the plants that grow on the steep green slopes of the glacier-carved valleys start blooming really fast and in wild profusion. It is rather surprising to see the Glacier Lilies's yellow bloom surrounding large patches of snow. I guess that if life has to survive in these conditions, it has to grow fast.

 

While the initial sections of the famous Highline trail was enveloped in a lot of greenery, it was only as we got closer to the Granite Park Chalet, a rustic old stone cabin, that the blooms of these flowers became really dense and colorful (more of those in the next update). As I came around a bend, the view suddenly opened up to a large meadow dotted profusely by these lilies standing in front of the clear blue snow-capped Heaven's Peak across the glacier-carved valley.

 

It was a gorgeous view, the likes of which I had never seen before. I spent quite a bit of time trying to capture the magical spectacle presented before me.

 

View large on black for the best effect.

 

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Granite Park Chalet and Heaven's Peak, Glacier National Park, Montana

Granite Park Chalet was built in 1914 and 1915 by the Great Northern Railway to provide comfortable back country accommodations inside Glacier National Park. Today this rustic lodge is listed as a National Historic Landmark and it continues to provide comfortable lodging to adventurers and visitors in the Glacier National Park wilderness. I was fortunate enough to spend a few days in the chalet and caught this image early one morning.

 

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The Garden Wall, a part of the Continental Divide, is a knife-edge ridge in Glacier National Park that runs from Swiftcurrent Pass to Logan Pass. The name comes from the abundant greenery and wildflowers on display in the summer. Spectacular in its own right, the Garden Wall also gives rise to notable summits such as Bishops Cap and Mount Gould (the highpoint). www.summitpost.org/garden-wall-glacier-overlook-to-swiftc...

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The Garden Wall is a steep alpine area within Glacier National Park well known during the summer months to be heavily covered in dozens of species of flowering plants and shrubs. Located along the west side of the Continental divide and extending northward from Logan Pass, the Garden Wall can be traversed via the popular Highline Trail and for a distance of over 5 mi (8.0 km) to the Granite Park Chalet. The Going-to-the-Sun Road also passes through portions of the Garden Wall northwest of Logan Pass.

 

The Weeping Wall is a short stretch of the Going-to-the-Sun Road where water cascades over the Garden Wall to the roadway below. The Garden Wall is an arête or rock spine that separates the Many Glacier region of the park from Lake McDonald valley.

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Logan Pass is located along the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park, in the U.S. state of Montana. It is the highest point on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. The Logan Pass Visitor Center is open during the summer season just east of the pass. Wikipedia

Elevation: 6,647' (2,026 m)

Road: Going-to-the-Sun Road

Range: Lewis Range, Rocky Mountains

 

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In the early days of the park, people toured the park on horseback. They were a more genteel sort of tourist than today (i.e. wealthy) so they had quite an entourage of cooks and helpers. The railroad built little chalets all over the park spaced a day's ride apart. Granite Park Chalet still exists today, and you can still stay there overnight on your way elsewhere. It's located at the midpoint of the Highline Trail.

Summer gives way to autumn in Glacier National Park

 

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The best way to get the best views of one the best parks I have been in is to get into one of the 700 miles that needle its way through the gorgeous valleys and towering peaks of the crown of the continent.

 

And perhaps one of the most scenic trail is the Highline Trail that follows the Continental divide for some distance. A short section that was traversed by me was the Garden Wall section of the trail which is 7.6 miles long. Jaw dropping views await every turn. The orientation of the valleys and the peaks constantly change as you traverse from Logan pass to the historic Granite Park Chalet which overlooks a beautiful section of the Livingston Range at the McDonald Creek Valley.

 

It is a must do hike for anybody visiting the park and has a day to spare.

 

Here, I have tried to capture one small section of the view a couple of miles into the trail looking into the valley.

 

View Extra large for the best effect.

 

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Granite Park Chalet is a welcome stop along the Highline Trail in Glacier National Park. Built in 1914 by Great Northern Railway, it is a National Historic Landmark and, on this day. was the cherry on top of a spectacular hike among the wildflowers.

The Granite Park Chalet

Of the nine backcountry chalets by Great Northern Railway in the 1910s, only two survived today. Sperry Chalet is one and the other is Granite Park Chalet. The two chalets can only be reached by trail and are very popular. Reservation has to be made by months to get a night here.

"Built in 1910 for £3195, it was originally intended to be a larger, granite stone, castle-like chalet but, due to politics and cost, was built from locally milled timber instead."

 

"Entrenched in Australia's skiing history, it has had storeys and wings added and the occasional facelift - but has always kept its charm."

 

It comprises 98 bedrooms, 3 sitting rooms, a gracious ballroom, a stately dining room and activities centre, plus a bar which was added in 1988.

 

"Norwegian-born Hilda Samsing, who was a matron during World War I and the only woman to land at Gallipoli, managed the chalet from 1919 to 1924." It was then leased by the Victorian Railways from 1924 to 1985.

 

"Samsing fostered the growth of skiing at Mount Buffalo by importing hickory skis from Norway. She employed Fred Chalwell to teach people how to ski and soon skiers were travelling to Mount Buffalo each winter to try out the new sport."

 

"Despite its grand proportions, the chalet offered very basic accommodation and was unheated except for 10 big stone fireplaces.

 

But a Victorian Railways guide describes the 1910 chalet as ''the last word in luxury, with well-ventilated rooms'' - especially in winter it seems - and hot and cold baths."

 

"Melbourne to Mount Buffalo excursion tickets were £4, 10 shillings and covered return train fares, overnight accommodation in Bright, return coach fares up and down the mountain and six days full board at the chalet."

 

It is a popular place all year around, with summer guests enjoying rugged rocky scenery, many bushwalks and wildflowers on the plateau.

 

The chalet closed its doors in 2007 following devastating bushfires that impacted access to the mountain and it is now managed by Parks Victoria. Works are due to start soon on a $7.5M redevelopment which will see the chalet turned into a day visitor facility which will include heritage repairs, internal refurbishments, upgrades to services, external landscaping, a new terraced cafe, and a larger car park. It is expected to re-open in 2016.

 

Sources: www.smh.com.au

Information signboard on site

 

Near Granite Park Chalet

Granite Park Chalet seen from the Swiftcurrent Pass Trail.

 

We did a 7 day/6 night backpack trip in Glacier National Park, Montana in August of 2012.

 

We started on the Granite Park Trail to the Swiftcurrent Pass Trail. We camped the first night at Many Glacier Campground and walked down the road to the Red Gap Trailhead the next morning. We spent the second night at the Poia Lake Campground. The next day we crossed Red Gap Pass and camped the third night at Gable Mt Campground. On our fourth day we skirted Glenns Lake and camped at Mokowanis Lake Campground. The next day we crossed Stoney Indian Pass and camped at Stoney Indian Lake. We spent our last night out at the Fifty Mountain Campground and took the Highline Trail to the Granite Park Trail and out.

 

Follow this link to read about this and all of the other backpacking trips and dayhikes we have done in Montana.

 

Follow this link to see the collection of all of our Montana photos.

 

View from Granite Park Chalet

Many Glacier is an area within Glacier National Park which is located in the U.S. state of Montana. The Many Glacier region is located north of the Going-to-the-Sun Road, on the east side of the park. Lake Sherburne is the large lake in the area and the Many Glacier Hotel, the largest hotel within the park, is along the shore of the adjacent Swiftcurrent Lake. The Many Glacier Hotel and surrounding buildings are a National Historic Landmark, with original construction dating back to 1915. Many Glacier is surrounded by the high peaks of the Lewis Range, and numerous hiking trails can be accessed from the area. The region is noted for numerous lakes, waterfalls and dense coniferous forests interspersed with alpine meadows. Major sites in the immediate vicinity that can be accessed by trails include Lake Josephine, Grinnell Lake, Grinnell Glacier, Cracker Lake, Granite Park Chalet, Iceberg Cirque and the Ptarmigan Tunnel, which is a hiking tunnel carved through the mountainside during the 1930s. Tour boats allow visitors an opportunity to venture onto Swiftcurrent Lake. Other activities in the region include ranger guided nature hikes, horseback riding, fishing and camping.

The Chalet off the Highline Trail at Glacier.

Lake Catani is an artificial lake in the Mount Buffalo National Park in Victoria, Australia. It was constructed in 1910 under the supervision and probably design of the Victorian Public Works engineer, Carlo Catani, to provide recreational facilities in the newly opened winter resort.

The Mount Buffalo National Park was established in 1898 with a 1166 hectare temporary reserve centred on the Eurobin Falls. In 1908 the area was increased to 9240 hectares and became permanent national park reserve. Lake Catani was completed in 1910 by construction of a mass concrete arched dam across Eurobin Creek at Haunted Gorge. The contract was let in 1908 for 2355 pounds. The dam blocked what was then known as the 'Underground River' and flooded Long Plain, in the process also covering an Aboriginal camp site. It was initially intended to provide water for the Grossman sawmill, which was milling timber for the construction of the Mount Buffalo Chalet.

Carlo Catani was appointed Public Works Engineer in 1882, and spent much of his career developing hydrological schemes such as the drainage of Koo Wee Rup and Elwood Swamps. (Wikepedia)

There is a spur off the Highline Trail that takes you up to the top of the Garden Wall for a view of Grinnell Glacier. The view is spectacular but the trail is grueling. A sign incorrectly lists the distance as 1 km. It was only after reaching the top that I remembered reading that it is really one mile of brutally steep trail to get here, a distance confirmed by my GPS. The climb would be just as steep but not as grueling if one was starting off fresh from the nearby Granite Park Chalet in the morning.

 

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Last light of the setting sun kisses the peaks -- as seen from Granite Park Chalet

 

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We caught this stunning rainbow just as we approached the Granite Park Chalet in Glacier National Park. It was amazing to see the full rainbow across the Continental Divide.

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