Hidden Lake Trail

MODERATE 68 reviews
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Hidden Lake Trail is a 5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near East Glacier Park, MT that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.

5.0 miles 1480 feet Out & Back

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Uphill hike from the top of Logan Pass to great surprise view of Hidden Lake, with option of hiking down to the lake. The trail to Hidden Lake Overlook begins from the west side of the Logan Pass Visitor Center. Trail starts at the back of the VC, veer right to the Hidden Lake Nature Trail TH. This hike traverses through alpine meadows known as the Hanging Gardens. Expect a lot of sun and wind at this high elevation. Also expect crowds - this is one of the most popular hikes in the park. Parking can also be an issue during peak tourist season, so start early if you can. The trail begins as a paved surface before turning into a raised boardwalk. At this elevation snow tends to linger around well into the summer. The boardwalk helps to keep hikers above the snow, slush, mud and rivulets. Once the snow melts, however, the Hanging Gardens becomes a carpet of wildflowers. Early into the hike, 8760-foot Clements Mountain dominates the view directly in front of you To the north on your right are some outstanding views of the Garden Wall, and to the northwest is 8180-foot Mt. Oberlin. After climbing a series of steps, about a half-mile from the visitor center, is the end of the boardwalk section. From here the trail shifts in the direction of 8684-foot Bearhat Mountain. 9125-foot Mt. Reynolds and 8016-foot Heavy Runner Mountain will be on the left. Even late into the season you most likely will have to cross over a couple of small snowfields as you proceed up to the overlook. You'll reach a small rise, and will then pass a couple of small ponds on your left. Just beyond this section, roughly 1.2 miles from the trailhead, hikers will reach the Continental Divide. At 1.35 miles youll reach the Hidden Lake Overlook where youll find outstanding panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains. From this vantage point Bearhat Mountain is the dominating feature above Hidden Lake. Looking towards the south you can even see Gunsight Mountain and Sperry Glacier in the far off distance. Mountain goats are fairly common in the area around the overlook. Also keep an eye out for bighorn sheep, marmots, and even wolverines. Grizzly bears are occasionally seen in this area as well. The trail continues for another 1.5 miles down to the shores of Hidden Lake, which sits at an elevation of 6375 feet. Along the way the trail drops almost 770 feet on a rough and steep decline. Ref: http://www.hikinginglacier.com/hidden-lake-overlook.htm

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2 months ago

Well maintained to the first half where you can view the lake. My mom and I continued on even though people told us it would be very hard! We enjoyed the trip down and loved how scenic and beautiful it was. Even venturing over and viewing the waterfall. There's a small trail that follows it on the north side. The hike back was strenuous but not too hard! A mountain goat was on the top part of the trail so we had to venture off and climb straight up to avoid running in to him! Took us 3 hours from start to finish

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Starting from the Logan Pass Visitor Center this trail must get a vast amount of traffic during the peak period. Even in late September, it was pretty crowded. If you are there to do the Highline, it's worth a short miler to the overlook and back. It's a pretty lake, but there are plenty of others to behold in far quieter places.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a easy hike that takes you back into a Majestic Valley. The valley surrounds you in beautiful colours, the green and red rock, yellow wild flowers, emerald meadows, and blue creeks and lake water. My pictures don't do this hike justice. The hike starts on broadwalk than onto a well groomed paths to a lookout point over looking Hidden Lake. We hike this early July and most of the boardwalks were covered by snow. There is a longer hike to the lake but closed this day due to Bear activity

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2 months ago

We did the 3 mile version of this hike and loved it. We received mixed reviews from people, but we are so glad we did it. Saw plenty of Mountain Goats & Big Horn Sheep! The view is outstanding!

hiking
2 months ago

Great View once you reach the top, we do this every year we go and every time see Mountain Goats on the trail.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike to the lake with various wildlife along the trail.

3 months ago

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3 months ago

Crowded, but gorgeous! Due to time, we only made it as far as the lookout. Saw several mountain goats - strolling by the trail or taking a rest on a patch of snow. Great, easy hike with views of mountains & down to lake that amaze.

hiking
3 months ago

My family went on this scenic hike just off the going to the sun road. It was spectacular I've never seen anything more breath taking. It was a very easy hike, and we saw a mother mountain goat and it's calf. There are amazing views of glacial headwalls, and lovely views of a crystal blue lake. I would hike it again in a heartbeat.

3 months ago

Go early (ain't that for everything at Glacier). Nice easy walk if you are in OK shape. Did not go to the lake but just few hundred yards past the overlook. Gorgeous views.

3 months ago

3 months ago

One of the best trails there (At least of the easier ones) It does get crowded, but that's cause it shows off the park well, great views & Vistas, Wildlife & supposedly wildflowers (unfortunately it was still covered in snow when we were there, but I have seen picture of them :) Must do!

3 months ago

Awesome! Just go with the understanding that it will be crowded. Once you get past the look out and head to the lake the crowds are less. It was about 7 miles round trip.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

The best hike ever. Wildlife, wildflowers and amazing views.

4 months ago

This a great hike because it is available to so many people. Even with the incline the boardwalk and trail makes it possible for almost anyone to walk and enjoy the views. We saw 9 Mt. Goats last Friday. Along with ground squirrels and several plump marmonts. Great day in Glacier Nat'l Park

4 months ago

one of my favorite hikes! it is very busy, and the hike down to the lake itself is much easier than the hike up, but the views are amazing, the wildlife are beautiful, and you get tons of beautiful pictures!