Hidden Lakes is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gallatin Gateway, MT that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, and fly fishing. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
So rainy that day but still a very cool hike. Some people mentioned that this trail wasn't marked well but it was for us. It did look like someone had come through with a gator and cleared a lot of it. The last bit to the lakes is a little more tech and not marked as well. But not terrible. Def take bear spray. Once we got to the lake we heard a pretty intense animal "voice". I assume it was a bear because I don't know what else would have made that noise. Either way it was intimidating.
This is a magnificent trail that is not too difficult and ends at two untouched lakes. Worth every step and the bumpy road to get there.m!
The road to reach the trailhead was VERY rough. If you do not have a high ground clearance vehicle I would stay away from this trail. The hike itself was moderately difficult. The grade is a bit intense at the start and when you get closer to the lakes but is mostly flat in the middle. The whole hike took me about 2 hours, with spending 30 minutes at the lakes which were very beautiful!
The road in is longer than anticipated, not marked very well, and mandates slow driving and therefore taking more time! The hike itself is moderately challenging not well marked but well worth the outcome!!
Aptly named trail because I couldn't find the lakes! In July this was just a brutal amount of uphill downhill all day in the heat. The trail also isn't amazingly marked, wound up going down the trail to beavertail creek. It's Montana, so it's still beautiful, just make sure someone knows what's up when you go.
Beautiful lakes and forests! camping at the top lake is great!
Great views from above the lakes
Portal Cr road is rough but passable. The bigger issue is the condition of the trail. Freshly cleared and yet still littered with moderate boulders, this trail was a veritable slog through sucking mud and over slick rock. It was raining the whole time, so so we didn't get to see the whole Chain 'O Lakes. Once you reach the ridge line, you still have to trudge through more poorly cut trail and across the creek. Might have been really pretty, but it was all socked in. Better luck next time.
Try Golden Trout lakes too if you have the time!
First third and last third are medium. With a pack it was a bit technical times. July 4th weekend still snow on the trail in places. Totally worth it. Great hike. Camped overnight at the 2nd lake. Beautiful.
Pretty easy hike to a chain several lakes good views bad road.