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Aug 6th, 2012, 05:40 PM
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Sperry Chalet to Granite Park Chalet - time to hike?

We were able to book 2 nights at Sperry and 1 night at Granite Park back to back. We had planned on hiking out of Sperry, Natl. Park Shuttle to Logan Pass and then Highline Trail all the way to Granite Park.

However, the "estimated" hike time for Highline trail is like 6-7 hours. Not sure how long it will take us to come down from Sperry. Then we have to wait for a shuttle with seats on it, get to Logan Pass, refill water and head out.

Do we have enough time to do this? If so, how long to get down to Lake McDonald from Sperry? What time should we leave in order to try and get that 7am shuttle? And is the Highline Trail truly at 7 hour hike one way?

We are pretty fit - we run marathons, do triathlons, etc. So we can hoof it pretty quick. We live on the beach in Hawaii though so elevation will slow us a bit.

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Aug 7th, 2012, 04:31 PM
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Denise, The hike down from Sperry is 6 miles and very rocky with lots of loose scree. It's mostly a downhill grade, so if you move quickly but carefully and limit breaks you can do it in 3-4 hours.

http://www.hikinginglacier.com/sperry-chalet.htm

You would want to leave very early out of Sperry in order to catch a shuttle to get you to Logan's Pass. A challenge will be that the shuttles fill up very quickly, so split up as a group if you have to on the shuttles, they come pretty frequently. Once on the shuttle, expect to sit in traffic on teh GTTS road because of construction. Once you get to Logan's Pass the hike to Granite Park Chalet is about 7.5 miles. The first part of the hike to Haystack Pass is fairly level, then you gain elevation to Haystack Pass and then as you get closer to Granite. You should average about 30 minutes a mile especially since you're not used to altitude.
http://www.hikinginglacier.com/highline-loop.htm

If you have trouble catching the shuttle, you might be able to hitch a ride with someone in the Lake McDonald Lodge parking lot.

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Aug 7th, 2012, 04:36 PM
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I'ts not like your at super high elevation either(like in Colorado). You will be going downhill and HT doesn't have that much elevation gain.

If you run marathons, I don't think you will have any problems.
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