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Hiked on August 2, 2017. It was foggy and misty but with regular breaks of sunlight. This is one of the best hikes I have ever done. Magical views of Glacier National Park; water, multi-colored rocks, sunlight, greenery and wildflowers everywhere. The top down hike was still challenging enough and the park shuttle back to the parking lot was much appreciated!

The view during mid summer is magnificent. By far one of the most challenging climbs for me due to the pace we were going at, but completely worth every second!

It's pretty once you get to the lake but there is not a lot to see along the way. You may be lucky enough to pick a few huckleberries but it's another hike you want to be sure to have bear spray on you.

This is, in one word, an amazing hike! It has a bit of a slow start and finish (a couple of miles in the woods with nothing much to look at) and it is fairly strenuous but it is also extremely rewarding and surprisingly quiet even in the high season. The views along the way as well as from all the way up are definitely worth the effort and even if you only make it to the pass, you will still have a fantastic view of the lakes down in the valley. It does take most of the day to hike there and back and you will stop to take pictures, so make sure you head out in the morning. There are some sheer drops to the side of the trail, nothing dangerous at all if you watch your step, but I imagine it could be unpleasant if you suffer from vertigo.
We saw three moose (one from unnervingly close-up), some deer, marmots and even a hummingbird.

There is a reason why this hike is rated as #1 in most travel guides that I've seen. It is also extremely popular, so be advised that parking is an issue at Logan Pass unless you arrive really early, and the lower parking lots fill up quickly too. When we visited (July 2017), there was no waiting system in place, so all the cars waiting for a free spot would just cruise through the lot and if you got lucky, someone would leave just as you were approaching. If you didn't get lucky, well, you could spend your day driving around the parking lot.
Anyway, back to the hike itself, as others have said, the views are absolutely stunning, and they also change significantly as you go, so you really don't get bored. A lot of people on the trail seem to only go as far as the Haystack Butte before turning around so, beyond there, things get significantly quieter, even though the views are no less spectacular. We saw several marmots and, apparently, missed a bear with a cub by minutes. Flowers were in full bloom in mid-July.
The last section from the Granite Chalet down to the road is not terribly exciting but it's also not very long, even if it can get a tad tedious on a hot day. If you are planning to take the park shuttle back to Logan, be prepared to wait, as they can come pretty full already.
Anyway, if there is just one hike that you are going to do in Glacier and don't mind that it can be pretty busy, this one is a great choice!

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3 months ago

Hike to lookout deck is busy and crowded but nice vistas. Was there end of August so air wis a bit thick with smoke . Trail after lookout is nice with long gradual descent until final 1/4 mile which is steep with many switchbacks . Nice hike.

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3 months ago

Beautiful hike.

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3 months ago

Views had my jaw dropping the whole time. Within the fist 20 minutes a Grizzly was spotted and we got to see him playing in the water with binoculars. We were unable to go to lake shore as it was closed due to high Grizzly activity. Mountain goats were all over the place unphased by humans and licking the handrails for the salt. waterfalls from the gorgeous glaciers everywhere.

one of the best hikes in my life!!

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5 months ago

My favorite hike in Glacier. It does get quite challenging at some points but once you reach the top, it won’t matter! Beautiful 360 degree views! Saw many mountain goats and big horned sheep on this trail. Had to back track until it was safe to move off of the trail for a mountain goat that was walking right toward us! It is a great trail to get away from the large crowds.

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5 months ago

The hike is fairly easy but its already end of October. The trail is covered in snow and ice towards the end, so be careful. I ran into mountain goats and saw bear and moose tracks. They were fresh too but good thing I didn't run into them. The view is beautiful, I really enjoyed the hiked. Great for wildlife viewing.

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6 months ago

Hiked this in mid/late June, by far my favorite hike of the trip. Parking wasn't bad - we got there early. Lots of people milling about, only about 1/2 actually seemed to climb through the snow to the lookout point.
Then you're fairly alone on the trail once you start heading down from the lookout. We saw about 5 other people at the bottom by the lake. The weather was warm, we ended up shedding layers after the hike. Definitely glad we brought poles through the snowy trek to the bottom.

on Hidden Lake Trail

hiking
6 months ago

I hiked this trail years ago when I lived there. it was beautiful!

Saw a MOOSE! lots of bear activity and moose activity on the trail - bring bear spray. Turned back 4 miles in due to time but photos look awesome from top - need to do more next time!

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6 months ago

Hoards of people on the first 1/4-1/2 of the trail. Most won't make it or past the overlook. Practice trail etiquette! Stay on the trail and off the fragile vegetation! Don't feed the ground squirrels! Give the goats and sheep 25 yards of space!

This trail is awesome. Counter-clockwise is the only way to go. Yes, you gain elevation quickly but the switchbacks aren’t bad and you save yourself miles upon miles of a slow slog of an uphill.

Just did the first few miles as the day was getting on. 2 large grizzlies on the mountainside above the valley. Pleasant way to end the day.

I know it's at 5 stars, but this trail is still underrated. I went to Two Medicine to try and avoid the smoke elsewhere in the park, so was a little disappointed when I awoke to a haze. Not even the smoke could prevent this from being a great hike; I went clockwise, and it was nice to have the lake views under morning light. Added the No Name Lake and Old Man Lake spurs, since they are short and you are so close already. 17.6 miles is a short estimate -- park brochure lists at 18.8 mi, spurs made it close to an even 20. Took 7-7.5 hours.

Keeping this on my to-do list for the future, because I'm sure it's even better outside wildfire season.

Worth the distance for sure! Make sure to hike up to Pitamikin Pass first so the wind is coming at you on the pass and the hike in between rather than feeling like you're going to be blown off a mountain.

Worth the distance for sure! Make sure to hike up to Pitamikin Pass first so the wind is coming at you on the pass and the hike in between rather than feeling like you're going to be blown off a mountain.

7 months ago

Definitely take the trail from Logan Pass and go up to the wall (it's worth the difficult incline), then down past the chalet to the loop. My only reason for four stars instead of five is the sheer amount of traffic on the trail and having to pause to pass.

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7 months ago

Absolutely amazing. Great hike down to the lake, full of spectacular views of the lake. The lake is so beautiful. Many nice places to sit by the shore of the lake.

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7 months ago

Very crowded. Beautiful hike, saw bighorn sheep, goats, marmots... hike to the lake, its worth it!

Did this Beautiful hike yesterday! I would not rate it as a Difficult hike...it is however a longer one..took about 7 hours to go over the pass and end up over in Many Glacier. We stopped a few times just to take in the beauty, and eat of course. Would Highly reccomend to anyone to do the same. Just make sure you have enough time to catch the shuttle back or plan ahead and have two vehicles. I think I would do it a little earlier in the season next time...later July or early August just to see all the wild flowers in bloom. Still an amazing hike and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Did not see any bears but did come face on with a huge bull moose right off the trail near then end around Josephine Lake:)

this hike was fantastic. bonus points we were there to begin hike at 8 am and the trail was completely ours which contrasts greatly to highlune hikers. fantastic meadows keep you cool in shade for over half the 4.6 miles out. great views emerge on the last 2 miles which has you on a easy trek to see glaciers and snow pack up close. saw a big family of mountain goats. as you go a little past the piegan another awesome valley gives you another great valley and at the connection of the one valley to the next this great cooling breeze was again outstanding bonus points. saw people only when we turned to go back to siyeh bend where we started

I did piegan pass and siyeh pass in the same day. 14 miles total. Parked at Siyeh bend and started there. I highly recommend getting both hikes in this way. Views are incredible! I liked the piegan view a tiny bit more, but it's possible that's bc half of the view at Siyeh was blocked by forest fire smoke. Hike to Siyeh was significantly more challenging than the ascension to piegan. Thought they'd both be very hard, but that wasn't the case. This is a solid hike and I recommend it.

I have been in Montana for 11 days, hiking the entire time, and this is my absolute favorite hike in Glacier. I am SO happy I did this one. I did the hike in one day. Took about 7 hours. My fitbit clocked it at a little over 19.9 miles. I did it clockwise (Dawson then Pitamaken). I recommend doing it this way. The elevation gain takes longer, but it's slower and steadier. Doing it the other way, you gain an insane amount of elevation in a very short distance. Haven't done it that way, but I imagine it's exhausting. I guess it depends what you're into. Slow and steady gain with normal amount of downhill to finish. Or rapid intense gain, with a very very long downhill to finish the hike. Either way, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this hike! The views are breathtaking! Expect lots of wind at the top between passes! This was the most rewarding hike I did during my trip.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike. Steep and quick elevation gain. The trees are BEAUTIFUL. They are creepy, Tim Burton-esque and amazing if you're into photography. I went on a rainy day, so the lighting was perfection. Anyway. Hike is a nice little workout. Nightmare windstorm at the top though. Not sure if it was so windy bc it had just been raining, or if it's like that all the time, but I had to turn around bc the wind was so strong it was literally pushing my body and moving me. Didn't really feel like falling off the mountain. I got to the section where it all opens up and there are 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains. The views are beautiful, the wind was just too strong to keep going.

7 months ago

Beautiful! Steep steady incline up, just stop and get your breath when needed and it's doable. 360° views up top are worth it!

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7 months ago

fantastic family hike, excellent views. lots of plants and animals!!!

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