We’ve created this site for everyone who loves Sperry to reminisce about the past, be informed about current events, and help plan for the future. A professor friend of Lenore’s drove through here about a week ago and went to Yellowstone. Report inappropriate content . On the evening of August 31, 2017, the Sprague Fire burned the dormitory building at the Sperry Chalet Complex. We were going to get up early and climb to Lincoln’s Peak and watch the sun rise, but we couldn’t even see the porch of the dorm from our window it was so cloudy. When the hail stopped we decided we ought to attempt the pass, so we trudged on in the sleet. We went farther back into the woods and there is a much larger yet equally as charming a building and as luxurious as the other place. Please check your email for the Glacier Day Hike Guide. Directions. Sperry Glacier The Sperry Glacier Trail takes you to directly to the base of the world-renowned Sperry Glacier in Glacier National Park. Print/PDF Map. We were drenched through and through. I may keep trying for Sperry, but I'm thrilled to get at least one. The trail goes down — almost to the shore of the lake and gradually goes up again on the other side of Gunsight Mountain. Sperry Chalet was built in 1913 by James J. and son Louis Hill of the Great Northern Railway, the prime developer of Glacier National Park. (We were in good trim for our hike for we had gone without desserts for over a week and had done the daily dozen almost every night.) Then the clouds lifted and it stopped raining and the sun came out, bringing out all the colors of the mountains in new freshness. What we could see was covered with dust and soot particles from the forest fires of Belton. 1). Opened in 1914 the main buildings consist of a two story dormitory building and a kitchen/dining room building. On one ledge of rocks we could see the smallest trees — it looked like a fairyland — we called them Lilliputian trees. WOW! Then we started hiking again and before we had gone far – we were right at Lincoln Pass just before one reaches the tippety top of Gunsight – a dreadful storm came up without any warning. In 1926, before the completion of Going to the Sun Road, Gladys Johnson spent a summer working at the East Glacier Lodge. Length 26.4 mi Elevation gain 6,236 ft Route type Out & Back The hike to Sperry Chalet and Campground is one of the more popular backcountry hikes in Glacier National Park, and for good reason. Roast beef, beautifully browned gravy, mashed potatoes with paprika and melted butter on top. Lewis is a beautiful place — with the lake directly in front of it and a profusion of flowers everywhere. Lake McDonald has a fascination all of its own — just as St. Mary has with its wild beauty — the high snow-peaked mountains, the white caps and rugged shore line — whereas Lake McDonald has a calm beauty — the large lake with its even shore line, the smaller mountains and hills around it. If you happen to look down while you’re climbing — well, your heart just isn’t where it usually is — for you can see hundreds of feet below. Day hikes from this spot are plenty and spectacular. Sperry Glacier is one of the largest glaciers in Glacier Park, and it is truly a treat to see this famous glacier up close! The Sperry Action Fund was established by the Glacier Conservancy to cover the cost of both immediate known needs and possible future needs specifically related to work at the chalet. For lunch we had red raspberries, huckleberries, half a rain-soaked sandwich, an orange and half a Hershey which we ate just before we got to Gunsight Lake. It was a glorious afternoon and we were happy as children. He is an old-timer and has as many wrinkles in his face as some of the Indians around here. True, the half-breeds are – that is – most of them for they come from the scum of the whites such as gamblers, etc., and the scum of the Indians – and as a natural result are quite undesirable. Sperry Chalet was completed in 1913 for the Great Northern Railway as one of many grand hotels and chalets after Glacier National Park was … Yesterday I did ever so many little odd jobs and we made some heavenly fudge to give to the people at Sperry who were so hospitable to us. They are having a banquet directly overhead and the toasts, songs and orchestra music is quite disturbing.). I went ahead for Lenore was almost exhausted at this time. He said he had to pay men $20.00 a day for opening a trail from Sperry to Avalanche Lake. We spent the entire afternoon and had a most enjoyable time. We knew Florence Schneider, a most charming girl, and she gave us dry clothes, and you can guess how they felt. Starting out at the Sperry Trailhead adjacent to Lake McDonald … Never in my life have I seen anything more dramatic and spectacular than the way the storm came up. I didn’t mind going up so much, but I hated coming down. They will be loaded onto trucks for transport to the staging area then flown into the site by helicopter. The sun was under the clouds when we started and it was delightfully cool for hiking. Everything cooked deliciously and was piping hot. Sounds like my kid days , doesn’t it? This afternoon we went over to the linen room and Lenore cut out her silk dress and I sewed. It would be ideal for a few students to spend the summer there — reading, living simply and getting to know nature. The Indian men do not know how. Breakfast was supposed to be at 7:30 but it was a little late so we sat around the heater. You will find the chalet on the west side of Gunsight mountain. I really had the curse and wasn’t very ill, but I accomplished a lot and as the tips are poor now I didn’t miss much. [4] After the fire, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke stated that rebuilding the Sperry Chalet would be a top priority and an engineering firm had already inspected the structure and was preparing a proposal on how to reinforce the stone walls for the upcoming winter and other stabilization efforts. Through a public private partnership and the support of many donors like you, the Sperry Chalet Restoration Project is now complete. All the woods were breathing new life after the rain and were unusually green. I think that speaks well for our education don’t you? The Victor company is providing the log work for the chalet’s rebuilding. We didn’t mind the climb up the switchbacks on Mount Jackson at all although they are as steep as on Swiftcurrent Pass. [6] After an environmental impact statement was completed National Park Service authorities determined that the chalet would be rebuilt using the original stone exterior and aside from some minor modifications to meet current building codes, have all the same design as the original structure. We'll be in touch soon with Glacier Park Conservancy news, updates, and exciting stories. So Lenore went down first and guided my feet — you see, sometimes the ladder goes like this ——-(drawing) and many places it is so close to the rock you have to put your foot like this (drawing) instead of this (drawing). Enjoy one of several day hike destinations from the chalet, keeping watch for wildlife such as mountain goats. Her summer adventures included a memorable visit to Sperry Chalet. Sperry Chalet was built about 1913 by James J. Hill and son Louis Hill of the Great Northern Railway, the prime developer of Glacier National Park. We are not going to dance very long (it’s 10:30 now) because we want to go to bed early so we can get up and get an early start on our trip. Dinner was at 6:30 and such a dinner. The rest are perpendicular (drawing). The National Park Service awarded two contracts to Dick Anderson Construction to complete the rebuild project in two phases during the summers of 2018 and 2019. The clouds obscured most of the scenery and we could see only the dim and grim outlines of the rocks. I must tell you about our trip We set out from here (East Glacier) in the early morning and hiked along the highway for 3 miles. Lenore Edgerton was also a MN college student. One of the two trails leading to the chalet is the Sperry Trail, which starts at the Lake McDonald Lodge parking lot and stretches 6.7 miles to the chalet, climbing 3200 feet in the process. I had to stop and wait on a party. Location. Please visit SperryChalet.com for more information. When we got down several hundred feet we were out of the clouds and could see some of the scenery. Can’t you see us, diary, on the top of the mountain with the wind and sleet blowing in our faces and making my velvet jacket flop about me. Because of the clouds we could only see four or five feet ahead of us on the trail and we went along rather cautiously. If we had been through work he would have taken us along — so we decided it wouldn’t be wrong to write my folks about him only change the time element from the past to the future. Please read all terms and conditions. The kitchen building, completed in 1912, is also made of random rubble masonry, but used smaller stones and appears less striking in its design. Sperry Chalet was originally built in 1914 by the Great Northern Railway. Finally we got onto a trail that we thought was the right one and we retraced our steps until we came to the ladder and then again retraced our steps going very cautiously so that we would not mistake some of the goat paths crossing the trail for the right one. We got to Lewis’s about 3 0’clock. to help fund these vital projects. We kept on — now going at a lively pace and made it is 40 minutes — leaving off many of the switchbacks. Graph adapted from Figure 6 using 2016-2018 data courtesy of USGS. Mar 19, 2018 - Explore Glacier National Park Conserva's board "Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park" on Pinterest. Sperry Glacier Mid View. Norman is a clever chap so we had a good time. Sperry and Granite Chalets were constructed by the Great Northern Railroad in the early 1900's to accommodate tourists who came to Glacier National Park on the train. It is very pleasant to hike with canes for the tap tap of them set a merry little tune and all exercise is easier with music. Glacier Retreat in Glacier National Park, Montana (Fact Sheet No. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking. Get 20% off your next purchase when you refer a friend to Sperry.com. There are so many goat paths and paths made by former streams that it isn’t any wonder at all and then, too, in the thick clouds! On August 31, 2017 the hotel/dormitory building of Sperry Chalet burned during the Sprague Fire. We really weren’t frightened much — we were enjoying ourselves watching the wind whip the clouds around in the lake basin. You see we had sent our silk dresses in my overnight bag up by mail because the orchestra from here (East Glacier) went up to play for a big party – and we knew we’d dance. (Note: The letter from Merten Hasse, who was also a student at Carleton, was the beginning of their courtship and then marriage.). Winners will be announced early January. The glacier is a huge thing. Sperry Chalet/Glacier – 18.6mi / 29.9km. He gave us an entirely new picture of the Indians. Tax ID: 56-2579734, Belton Train Station 3068; p. 2). Sperry Chalet is not currently accepting reservations. Sperry Chalet is on the West Side of Glacier National Park. Sperry Glacier is a mass of ice that sits in a basin with blue-green pools below. Where it stands is very much like an island with water on four sides and only a narrow strip of land connecting it to the mainland. The rebuilding process was expected to last during the summers of 2018 and 2019,[7] and is scheduled to reopen in July 2020.[8]. The place where we were crouched into was dry at first, but suddenly a stream began to trickle down – right where my back was resting against the rock, and as we were wedged in I couldn’t move or Lenore wouldn’t have any shelter, but I didn’t mind. Worldwide Elevation Map Finder . The fisherman, Mr. Harrison, who catches all the whitefish that is used in the park, came in with a mess of fish while we were there. continually working to improve 12544 US-2 Pp. We'll mail out the calendar to 21 winners! When we reached Sperry we were welcomed and exclaimed over! It was about 4 years ago that Mr. Sperry died out on Flathead Mountain. We had our train tickets (Mr. Asman gave them to Lenore) but we rode with the engineer and fireman. See more ideas about Sperry chalet, Glacier national park, Chalet. Offer valid on US orders only. Mr. Grey spoke with great admiration of the teepees. After about an hour’s rest we climbed out on the rocks high above the shore of the lake and talked of many things —of Lenore’s salon-to-be, of Gus and Frank – of our vagabondage (hitch hiking home) and how I could tell my folks without shocking them too much. The area is a great basecamp for visiting the Sperry Glacier, Lincoln Pass and Gunsight Pass. I wrote a six-page letter home before dinner. The ladder is made up of 6 iron ladders put together and it was so cold the day we went up I tore some of the skin off one of my hands. We really made the entire climb in record time — an hour and 40 minutes going up and 40 minutes down and 4 hours for the climb is considered good. On January 11, 2021 an online reservation request form will be available via Belton Chalets Inc., the concessionaire that operates Sperry Chalet for the National Park Service. Just before you get to the top of the mountain you have to climb a ladder up a perpendicular rock 40 ft. high. 2008. Gunsight Mountain is a huge, impressive mountain. – boiled cabbage – vegetable salad — coffee — fresh sliced peaches and chocolate frosted cupcakes. It was most welcome for oh, it was cold! Another branch leaves the main trail to climb steeply 5.4 miles to Mount Brown Lookout, 2147 feet above Lake McDonald. At that we got over there a quarter after six and two of my tables were full! We didn’t eat lunch at Sun, but rested for awhile because the night before we washed and ironed and didn’t get to bed early. After dinner we got a rowboat from Don Bacley and I rowed across the lake to a jagged promontory of rock where Louie Hill’s summer house is perched. I sewed tonight for a long time and now I’m going to bed. Detailed description of the Sperry Chalet Hiking Trail near West Glacier in Glacier National Park, MT - A sustained ascent through trees for 4.0 miles and then more open terrain leads to the foot of stunning Glacier Basin, the Sperry Chalet and Sperry Campground. Some of the streams and cataracts which crossed our paths on Mt. She left the next day on her trip. The air is so light on a mountain top — so full of ether — that you have to breathe lots more of it to get all the oxygen you need. The two of them were waitresses at East Glacier Lodge. I had no idea the wind currents moved so rapidly. Once when the wind blew hard he asked me what kind of a jacket I had on and I said “velvet” and he said “Oh, a Romeo and Julia coat, huh?” I wanted to whoop out loud but refrained. © Glacier National Park Conservancy 2020 |, Sperry Chalet reconstruction begins at funding campaign launches, Big Fork distillery donates liquor sales to Sperry Chalet rebuild, Glacier Park’s Sperry Chalet reconstruction begins Monday, Glacier National Park Conservancy Launches $500K Campaign for Sperry Chalet Rebuild, Anatomy of Glacier’s Sprague Fire shows close calls, ‘It Was a Gut Punch’: Independent Review of Sprague Fire Details Sperry Chalet’s Final Hours, The Sperry Experience: New Book Chronicles Historic Glacier Chalet, Company Selected for Sperry Rebuild has Worked on Chalet Before, Park Service Awards $14M Contract to Rebuild Sperry Chalet, Funding Secured to Rebuild Glacier’s Sperry Chalet, Zinke Requests $12M to reconstruct Glacier Park’s Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park says Sperry Chalet rebuild won’t permanently harm wildlife, Glacier Park: Sperry Chalet will be rebuilt within its historic stone walls, Flyover Shows Chalet Walls Survive Epic Winter, Sperry Chalet’s relic walls survive winter intact; public comment due, NPS Recommends Rebuilding Sperry Chalet at Original Site, Glacier recommends rebuilding Sperry Chalet in place, Original design favored for Sperry Chalet rebuild, Public supports preserving Sperry Chalet’s historic character, Overflight video shows more late winter detail of Sperry Chalet, Comment period ends Monday for Glacier’s Sperry Chalet, 600 inches and counting: Sperry Chalet inundated with snow, but walls still stand, Sperry Chalet Rebuild Scoping Comments Due April 2, Architects meet public for Sperry Chalet redesign, Glacier Park superintendent wants Sperry Chalet rebuilt starting this summer, Zinke seeks quick restoration of Sperry Chalet, Zinke Talks Sperry Rebuild, Parks Funding, Glacier National Park’s Sperry Chalet rebuild on an aggressive timeline, No food, lodging at Glacier’s Sperry complex this summer, Glacier National Park moves forward with restoration of Sperry Chalet, Glacier to begin Sperry Chalet reconstruction with January open house, The future of the Sperry Chalet: restoration and renewal, Stoltze, Smartlam to Cut Lumber from Capitol Christmas Tree, Tester: Use Capitol Christmas tree to help rebuild chalet, Year to Remember: Community Rallied to Rebuild Glacier Chalet, Plans developing to rebuild historic Sperry Chalet in northwest Montana, Sperry Chalet Stabilization Effort Complete, Glacier Park Begins Stabilization Work at Sperry Chalet, Remembering Sperry Chalet: ‘There’s Just a Spirit in that Building’, Fire that gutted Sperry Chalet was First noticed coming from inside the building, Sperry Chalet Remembered as an Iconic Glacier Park Treasure. Oh, dear, it is time to dance. Sperry Chalet trail can be accessed from the trail leaving from the horse concession area at Lake McDonald Lodge and takes you 4.4 miles to Snyder Lake trail on a steady rise. We are the official fundraising partner for Glacier National Park. We loitered along the path and lay down on the long grasses for awhile. Add to My List. There is running water at the restroom facility. The dormitory building, completed in 1913, was built with random rubble masonry, providing a feel of architectural ruggedness, and was topped with a large gable roof that had two dormers on either side. We kept wishing as we went along that the clouds would not disperse until we got to the top, for neither of us had been up in a cloud before. I thought both my hands were frozen for the fingers were beginning to turn white, but they were just numb – not frozen . had already been wet through many times before that morning. When we got home (East Glacier Lodge dormitory#3) Ally had the writing desk covered with food for us and with a whoop we fell to eating (hot coffee, too), and talking, telling her of our trip. A restroom facility was added, but was not part of the historic landmark designation. On the evening of August 31, 2017, the Sprague Fire burned the dormitory building at the Sperry Chalet Complex. Situated on an alpine ledge overlooking Lake McDonald and the Whitefish Range. We disturbed a large gathering of squirrels who were playing in the fireplace. Every path we got onto led right down a steep precipice. Lenore and I both feel we are growing happier as we grow older. He had built a charming rustic house and then abandoned it because it was too hard to reach in stormy weather. We were only lost a little over half an hour, but that was long enough. The Sperry Glacier Basin is one of the most incredible and diverse landscapes in Glacier National Park. We had hiked a little over an hour when it started to rain. Please check your email for the Gear Checklist. Your friend will receive 20% off their purchase of $75+ at Sperry.com. Jackson were really quite dangerous. This is one of two journals kept by Gladys Johnson during the summer of 1926. An elderly man asked me where Lenore and I were going that day and I told him we planned to go to Sperry Glacier first and then down to Lewis’s. circa 1930s. We would have liked to stay longer, but we wanted to see the Glacier, so we set out. He was a very talkative sort of a man, but because of the large plug of tobacco he had in his mouth, I couldn’t understand him very well. Lyman B. Sperry, the namesake of Sperry Glacier (after which Sperry Trail and Sperry Chalet were named) was a talented with many interests. Answer 1 of 10: Hi everyone, With lots of help from this forum we've put together our plans for a trip to Glacier National Park next September. Please check your email for the Glacier Visitor Guide. The leaves of the aspen trees were turning yellow and the silvery green of the poplars, the dark deep shades of firs and pines, the bright red mountain ash berries and sarsaparilla berries made the landscape a most beautiful one. The following is an account of their hike and overnight at Sperry. The first three or four miles is through Australian spruce trees and the rest through the fragrant white cedarwood. As he said, the American version of the Indian was either an ideal one – thinking all Indians to be either a Hiawatha or a Minnehaha – or else regarding them as the scum of the earth. It was just three o’clock when we reached Sperry. Only the last one of the six ladders is slanting. It was pretty cold and our hair and hats were all frosty. We are going to Sperry over Gunsight Pass. (Drawings of switchback and waterfall on it). We went back to sleep. Gladys and Lenore came up with a plan to hitchhike back to Minnesota at the end of the season without telling anyone! The breakfast bell sounded at this time and again the food was fit for the Gods! The trail led underneath immense boulders and rocks which seemed as if the only thing they could do was to fall right over on top of us. He said he knew Mr. Sperry (the discoverer of the glacier and an ex Carleton professor). I got one of my alternate dates for Granite Park today. The chalet is reached only by trail, via hiking or horseback. Several small lakes and remnant ice bodies sit in the hanging valley below the current terminus, where the glacier has receded from its Little Ice Age maximum. Some restrictions may apply. I sat with the fireman. The rain didn’t dampen our spirits any. It was a cold, frosty morning, and we were glad not to crawl out of bed. This page shows the elevation/altitude information of Sperry Glacier, Montana, USA, including elevation map, topographic map, narometric pressure, longitude and latitude. We had a good time at the dance. There were 5 letters waiting for me. They probably aren’t as a rule, but right after the rain they were deep and rushed across our path at a terrific speed. After tea, we went to our room and lay down but couldn’t sleep as a noisy couple moved into the room next to ours and laughed heartily and talked boisterously. The money for the Sperry Chalet restoration primarily comes from the Glacier … “Sperry Glacier has decreased by 0.08 km^2 in total area since 2005 at an average rate of 0.007 km2 a^-1.” Florentine, C. (2019). Sperry Chalet Trail. This hike averages 9 hours.[2]. My shoe hurt somewhat and as they are both too large it was quite uncomfortable going up the steep climb. This northeast facing glacier is wider than it is long relative to its flow direction and spans about 300 m in elevation with a … He’s also a fast driver and we beat all the busses in. Just out of sight of Gunsight Lake one suddenly comes upon beautiful Lake Ellen Wilson shut in by several mountains. [5] Work to brace the stone walls to prevent their collapse was scheduled to begin in October 2017, with supplies brought in by helicopter. It was aweinspiring. Then they made tea for us. (I’m writing this in the lobby at Sun Camp. It was my turn to clean the room so in the afternoon I cleaned, wrote a couple of letters and about a quarter after 5 1 thot I’d lie down and rest for a couple of minutes as Lenore had a bad cold so she was asleep. Tea with tea rolls, jam and doughnuts. Sperry Glacier, with an area of approximately 215 acres, is one of 25 remaining glaciers in Glacier National Park, MT. On July 18, 2020 Sperry Chalet opened its doors to guests for the first time since it was burned in the Sprague Fire. It Pays To Share Give 20% Off Get 20% Off Refer a friend to Sperry All donations are tax deductible. I fell asleep and we didn’t wake up until we heard Shell saying Helen said we should get up and come to work.

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