This elegant backcountry lodge, built in 1913 by the Great Northern Railway, is accessible only by a steep, 6.7-mile trail with a 3,300-foot vertical rise; either hike in or arrive on horseback. Guest rooms have no electricity, heat, or running water, but who cares when the view includes Glacier's Gunsite Mountain, Mt. Edwards, Lake McDonald, and mountain goats in wildflowers. Informal meals, such as turkey with the trimmings, are simple yet filling and included in the
rates. Note that the reservations office is closed in September and October.
On the west side of Gunsite Mountain. Trail to chalet begins at Lake Mcdonald Lodge on the Going-to-the-Sun Rd., Glacier National Park, Montana, USA
Aug 4, 2005
Hiking in from Jackson overlook was fantastic 13 mile hike. Chalet is great and the people working there were fun but expensive ($155 for first person,$100 for each additional person including 3 meals). Walls are paper thin (but they strickly enforce quiet time after 10:00 pm). Great views, great hike to the glacier, wonderful place to stay. (the 6 mile hike to Mcdonald like provides no views and is very strenous)