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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).

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!

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.

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.

hiking
11 days ago

Great hike. Very popular in the beginning but head to the lake and it becomes less populated.

The beginning of the trail is a little busy because most people just go to the look out. We went all the way down to the lake. It is slightly strenuous coming up from the lake, but it only takes a few minutes. We saw a ton of hoary marmots just past the lookout.

Great exercise, and the view at the lake is breathtaking! Lake is freezing, but there are plenty of deer and other wildlife to be seen on the way. Running shoes worked during the summer-
Busy trail with a lot of families, but still recommend

Great hike. Set some time aside to enjoy all the cut outs and views of the river. Saw deer and a Bear way in the distance. Great work out.

trail running
17 days ago

This is by far my favorite trail run I have ever done. It starts off with a boardwalk, that goes out to the lookout point, but you have to go down to the lake because it is amazing. The elevation gain is not too bad, once you get to the switchbacks it does get a bit steep, but always safe. There is a mountain goat that hangs out just past the lookout. The lake at the end is not too cold for a swim.

Get there early in the day, because the parking lot is mayhem!

hiking
19 days ago

Planning in Glacier is a bit tricky. With the fires and lots of trails having restrictions for bears, we ended up changing plans around while there last week which included doing the hike up to the overlook. Initially wanted to go all the way down to the lake, but it was unfortunately closed for bears. Overall, it was an easy hike up, with an AMAZING view of the lake at the overlook. Really loved the fields going up with small streams & bunches of flowers too. Saw some big horn sheep along the trail up as well. Bummed we couldn’t make it down to the lake, but I guess we will just have to come back. Also - recommend going earlier in the day as it was pretty crowded coming back down (we left to go up around 9 am)

hiking
19 days ago

The effort to rewards ratio is insane on this one. Beautiful views of the mountains all the way to the overlook and the overlook view is very beautiful. But the lake itself is something out of this world. And all this for very little effort.

Definitely a little steep at the start, but pretty easy hike overall. The lake is beautiful, definitely a good way to break up the Route 2 drive

hiking
22 days ago

Travelled from Washington State and spent the labor day weekend at Glacier National Park. Went to hike Hidden Valley on 08.31.18.

A beautiful trail, flowers are still in bloom. Prestine lake surrounded by mountains.

on Hidden Lake Trail

hiking
26 days ago

2018.08 amazing rewards for little effort. mountain goats everywhere especially on the trail down to the lake and on the lake shore.

Got as far as the overlook. Great views!

We did the portion to the overlook, turned around early due to sleet!

Trail climbs up through a beautiful alpine meadow on a boardwalk, then levels off and switches to rock/dirt. Nice glimpse of the glaciers, and Hidden Lake is gorgeous! Even in the smoke from this wildfires, this was still very much worth the hike. A couple of hours is more than enough to get to the overlook and back with plenty of stops for pictures!

Also, the night before we did his trail we saw mountain goats just outside the visitor center. Such a treat!

hiking
1 month ago

The first section is crowded but if you continue down to the lake, the crowds thin drastically. Worth all the people for the surroundings. Absolutely beautiful. The lake is freezing!

hiking
1 month ago

If you don't mind the crowds of Logan Pass (best of luck getting a highly coveted parking spot) this trail, despite the large number of people, is where I saw the most wildlife. Just above the visitor center was my first grizzly bear sighting. Then, higher and higher up the mountain you see their most frequent inhabitants, mountain goats, and on the way back down we encountered a large herd of bighorn sheep. This trail is stairs and boardwalk most of the way, and heavily used dirt paths and a snowfield crossing the rest of the way. Very enjoyable hike, and Hidden Lake was beautiful.

As the description says, it's heavily trafficked, even fairly early in the morning. However, if you don't mind crowds, and love pristine, calm, blue mountain lakes, and a waterfall or two, it's absolutely worth seeing. Great birding, great place for kids to splash around the beaches, and plenty of fly fishing opportunities.

Hiked this in March, lots of snow on the ground still which made it more of a challenge. Did it a second time but came in through the campground side with the family.

hiking
1 month ago

Perfect short easy hike for glacier. If you’re looking to get away from the crowds hit the Reynolds trail for a mile or two near the overlook of Hidden Lake. We did on the way back and went from passing people every 30 seconds to not seeing a soul around us, real quick. Views were obstructed from the smoke but still beautiful 8/15/18

Fantastic view. Lots of people though even in the late evening and little parking.

Our family has stopped on this trail at the overlook numerous times over the years; on our last visit we hiked to the lakeshore for the first time, ascending back up the trail was somewhat strenuous, but worth seeing the scenery and serenity lakeside.

hiking
1 month ago

This is an awesome hike! We saw roughly a dozen mountain goats on the trail after the lookout. I'm not one for being around a lot of people when I hike and if you're the same way don't let the mass amount of people at the trailhead intimidate you. I would say 95% of them turn back after the lookout. We hiked it the first week of July and most of the trail to the lookout was still under a lot of snow as well as the descend to the lake. The reason for 4 stars is because of how many people are at the beginning of the trail and the simple fact of having to maneuver around them on the snowy/icy slopes.

Absolutely beautiful trail, perfect for a leisurely hike.

Avalanche lake is a beautiful hike! The trail is built for lots of people so it is fairly wide. The river runs along the trail majority of the way! Once you get to the lake, keep going to the other side! Only one other person was there. We had a deer that came so close we could almost pet it! Very cool and quiet! Started around 7am and there were only a few others on the trail! The parking lot fills up by 8am! Passed lots of people on the way down! Lots of families! Go early if you want some peace and quiet! Definitely recommend!

This would be a good hike for a family that couldn't do the harder and longer hikes. But that's only if you're prepared -- it's still almost a 6 mile hike. As people are saying, it is very crowded so I'd start no later than 7-7:30 am. if you don't want to see people. (Although I don't think many people will be allowed on this trail for quite some time due to the fires in the west right now.) Still a beautiful lake and worth doing if you're in the area.

hiking
1 month ago

Relatively easy but crowded hike up to the ridge from Logan Pass, followed by what eventually becomes a steep set of switchbacks down to the lake surrounded by beargrass and wildflowers. After you pass the ridge, the crowds gradually thin out. Hidden Lake itself is just as pristine and photogenic as Grinnell. The climb back up is a bit challenging but short-lived. A terrific hike for wildlife viewing - mountain goats are a guarantee, look for grizzlies in the open meadows.

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