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hiking
14 days ago

Freaking beautiful- past the overlook

This hike was our first one in Glacier! It was busy but we were there over the 4th of July. Go early regardless during the busy season so parking isn’t an issue. Literally saw people yelling at each other in the parking lot for spots. The snow was still on the mountain on our way up and pretty entertaining as some folks had flip flops on attempting the trek. So wear tennis shoes! Once you get to the overlook YOU GOTTA KEEP GOING! The way down to the lake was beautiful and then once you get there it takes your breath away. Picture perfect views and a fun spot to spend time taking it all in. There had been “grizzly activity” the day before but we didn’t see any ( wheh) but we saw a few sheep, goats, chipmunks and what I think is a marmot!! Way back up is strenuous but doable if you walk or hike often.

backpacking
18 days ago

Hiked August 2017 and still remains one of my favorites Ive done. Trail itself is not to challenging until you reach the switchbacks that lead to the tunnel. Lots of wildlife along the way and at the lake. We saw mountain goats, sheep, and a golden eagle dive in for a kill all in a span of an hour.

We hiked it the latter half of August 2018. The trail was busy. All types of hikers; flip flops with no water and experienced hikers. The flip floppers didn't go very far, thankfully. Lots of goats and sheep and small varmit. The smoke from the fires made the stay at Granite Park Chalet, along with no maturity of the staff (nice but no adults in charge) unbearable. We were to have stayed 2 nights but left after one, losing the money on that second night. We weren't the only ones not happy, there was a newlywed couple on their honeymoon who had a sad experience, too. We have stayed years at the sister chalet Sperry. Sperry had very good staffing with an adult in charge. Never going back to Granite Park for an overnight. Great hike thru with a lunch stop is recommended...... amazing hike ! Giving the hike 5 stars and the staffing at the chalet, 1 star......

Beautiful quick hike - if you’re able, make it down to the lake, just be prepared for the stairclimb back up.

Got to hike this in the snow, it was an epic experience. Lots of slipping and sliding, but tons of fun. One of my favorite hikes ever.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this trail the Saturday after Going-To-The-Sun road opened this year. Came here in the afternoon, found parking easily The trail was still mostly covered in snow. Many people came with their sleds and skis - apparently a yearly ritual for some locals. Hidden Lake was still frozen. The views were dramatic and stunning at the overlook and throughout the hike. I just wish there were less people.

Excellent trail that give you a very good experience of the diversity of Glacier on the west side of the park.
Doesn’t get to difficult until the last couple of miles.
Make plenty of noise saw plenty of clues bears were in the area but thankfully we did not see any.

Physically taxing hike, but well worth the effort once you reach the top. Coming down was just as bad as going up!
Beautiful views of the valley & lake Macdonald.

Did this trail last weekend. very nice trail, its a climb but worth it, great views.

Great trail. You can tailor it to skill level. Either hike to just the lookout point, or continue down to the lake.

Absolutely awesome hike. The views along the entire hike are incredible and we saw several mountain goats and deer. The beginning of the hike - when the path is narrow with steep drop-offs - may have been the most exhilarating part of the trail, though it is beautiful the whole way. Towards the end of the hike, it is worth making a short detour to stop at the Granite Park Lodge; the hike down from there, through burned forest, was longer than expected and very exposed (the only slight negative about the hike). Provided the park shuttle is running, it is relatively easy to get back to your car from the finish of the hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Steady climb up, steady decent down. Saw a number of other hikers, but no wildlife except a crow, a grouse (Ithink) and some ground squirrels. The climb to the top was worth the effort. We ate lunch on top sitting on the deck of the lookout tower. I felt like the cell tower at our feet competed for attention and was out of place but that did not stop me from texting pictures to friends back home. Once on top there is a fantastic view of Lake McDonald. I met some locals on the trail that had used the trail many times. Back on Columbia Falls I talked to anothe local who had traversed the trail on three occasions. If I do it again I will wear better socks or shoes and a cap with a bill. There is almost no shade. But The leaves a a brilliant yellow and falling along the lower trail.

this trail was like walking in literal heaven. absolutely beautiful landscapes, adorable mountain goats. highly recommend! if you'd like to do the whole trail, which goes down to the lake (and then you walk back to where you started) I recommend giving yourself a full day because it is long and you'll probably wanna chill at the lake for an hour or two before heading back.

3 months ago

A good hike up the mountain and my wife and I did get to the tp and it was a spectacular view we didn’t anticipate. Those of you who gave up before the top missed it. Oh, I’m 71 and headed to east glacier tomorrow.

hiking
3 months ago

We did this hike the 3 days after they reopened the pass to the visitors center. The entire trail was still snow covered and we didn't have crampons so that made it quite challenging. Saw many mountain goats both right on the trail and on the mountain side. The views were breathtaking!

Amazing views all around. We aren’t in great shape so it took us a little longer than others. There were a lot of people on the trail; views getting there and back were just as beautiful as the Hidden Lake. Mostly wooden planks and then there are gravel trails. Some snow on the boardwalks but dries out around noon.

hiking
3 months ago

Did this hike today (including the tunnel). The views are spectacular all the way up. Not very challenging to the lake, some easy switchbacks take you up to the tunnel (to be closed in 2 days!). Saw some deer, mountain goats and big horn sheep. Amazing scenery makes this hike one of my favourites!!

hiking
3 months ago

Wonderful hike with lots of wildlife. We seen a lot of Mt Goats and long horn sheep. The flowers were just starting to bloom.

We did this hike on September 21st, 2018. After reading all the reviews to get there by 6am to get a parking spot we made sure to do just that! Well, turns out that this time of year getting a parking spot is no issue. We pulled into the Logan’s Pass lot just after six and there were only two other cars. We waited until sunrise to start the trail which was about 7 am. It was cold!!! 37° when we started. If you are going this time of year, wear layers! Bring gloves and a beanie. I recommend lightweight layers though that are easy to remove and throw in your bag because you will not need all the layers for the entire hike. It felt like we hit all the seasons at one point during the hike. We even got snowed on at one point but not enough to inconvenience us. It was actually pretty neat! Once we got to the point where we could choose to continue to the Chalet or do the .6 mile hike up to the Grinnel Glacier we decided to go up! Let me tell you, it was not easy going up and almost harder to come down but was totally worth it! The view from up there is breathtaking!! Once you summit the mountain and see the glacier, it’s super windy and cold but if you venture off to the left a little bit there’s a little spot in the rocks to hang out, get out of the wind and eat lunch with a breathtaking view of the glacier. Make sure you are well rested before you head down from the glacier. It’s a tough trek down. At this point we were extremely thankful for our trekking poles! Highly recommend bringing them! Once we got to the bottom of the trail and back onto the main trail we decided to continue on to see the Chalet which was less then a mile at that point. Very cool to see but it was all closed down and winterized at this point which was fine with us because we had plenty of food and water. This is where the decision making gets important. Because the shuttle is no longer running people back up to Logan’s Pass from the loop parking lot we had to decide if we wanted to continue the hike down to the loop and hitch hike our way back up to Logan’s Pass to our car or turn around from the Chalet and hike back to Logan’s Pass. Being as adventurous as we are and not wanting to missing anything we decided to do the “4 mile” downhill stretch to the loop parking lot. I put 4 mile in parenthesis because it felt like way more than that. We were absolutely miserable at this point. This downhill is extremely hard on the feet and knees and we had trekking poles! If we were to do this trail again, we would turn around at the Chalet and hike back to Logan’s Pass. Oh and in case you’re wondering, we were able to catch a ride from a fellow hiker back up to our car.
If you decide to continue down from the Chalet, be extra cautious of grizzly bears at this point. It goes through some PRIME grizzly habitat. We saw lots of their poop on the trail. Make lots of noise and talk loud. This brings me to another subject. If you are a wildlife enthusiast as I am you may be wondering what type of wildlife we saw on this hike. We saw 5 mountain goats and about 5 long horned sheep. I am a wildlife photographer so you bet I enjoyed seeing and photographing these animals!! If you want to see some photos from this hike I’ll be posting some hopefully in the next couple weeks.

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Awe inspiring views from start to finish are provided by this half dirt, half boardwalk trail. Hidden Lake Overlook gives you a great sense of the alpine habitat without too much stress and features an absolutely stunning view at the lookout.

The trail has two staircases divided by a quarter mile of flat terrain. Given the boardwalk and short distance, this can be enjoyed by the entire family.

This is a trail that requires you to pay attention to the weather. The trail begins at roughly 7,000 feet, and when we hiked the trail in mid September, temperatures were 10 degrees colder at the trailhead than reported by rangers. Moreover, visibility can be a challenge because low-ceiling cloud cover can completely engulf this area of the park, even if it is bright and sunny in the West Glacier area (the trail is on he mountain that essentially “blocks” the clouds from moving down through the valley).

My favorite... can't forget the fact that I was all alone in the wilderness for nearly 4 hrs with no human being in sight in Grizzly country. Amazing views , beautiful glacier falls ... Siyeh hike is an out of this world experience.

Words are insufficient to describe the beauty of the place.

Views plus being close to a glacier makes one feel as though one is in heaven!

Anazing hike! So many diverse environments. 4:45 of hiking steady, 5.5 hrs total.

an amazing hike in all directions. easy hike if you are in shape. a glacier park must do!

Wonderful views and a very peaceful hike. I only saw a handful of people when I hiked in September. Is easy and short. Great hike if you need a light day after heavy hikes the day earlier.

A nice hike with fantastic views for the last mile and a quarter. The rest of the trail is in the woods with very little scenery. The trail is also overgrown so morning hikes will be soggy from the waist down. Once you clear the trees and get to the steeper section near the top the trail is worth the effort. The trail is rated "hard" and I agree. I did the 12 miles round trip (from parking lot at Bowman) in 4.5 hours which was pushing it hard. If you take your time it wouldn't be as tough.

hiking
4 months ago

Relatively easy hike if you're in average shape, and the view was amazing even with a lot of smoke. Lots of wildlife along the trail, just don't crowd them. We saw mountain goats at multiple times on the trail as well as passing bighorn sheep. Get there early or take a shuttle because parking is limited and this is a popular destination.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike, with spectacular scenery of the mountains. The first part of the trail was heavily trafficked, up to a lookout point that has a view of the lake below. After leaving the lookout point the trail heads down to the lake and the traffic thins out.

Long, steep climb up the summit of this mountain, with beautiful views along the way of the Flathead River valley. On the top, there are beautiful views of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park.

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