Hidden Lake Overlook

EASY 51 reviews
#12 of 113 trails in

Hidden Lake Overlook is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near East Glacier Park, Montana that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and nature trips.

DISTANCE
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
633 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

walking
8 days ago

Great trail in an amazing location.

15 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful trail! If you want to see wildlife and avoid the crowds, get there early in the morning. Logan pass has a large parking lot, a gift shop, and bathrooms, but seeing as it is a major destination most of the parking fills up quickly. My family and I got there around 7am, just after sunrise, and saw a huge heard of bighorn sheep and a family of mountain goats. Bring binoculars if you have them.

Most of the path is covered in a wooden boardwalk so it is extremely easy for people who have trouble on rough terrain, or people with young children. The landscape is gorgeous and every direction you look could be a postcard for the park.

hiking
24 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely a crowded trail but nonetheless was a great view all around, everything was super picturesque and you can see pretty much all 4 seasons whichever way you look. Spring wildflowers, summer temperatures, fall colors on some trees/brush, and the winter snowcaps around the area. I went all the way down to the lake itself and geez walking back up wasn't very pleasant, but it was worth it nonetheless. Most people stop at the overlook but the walk all the way down to the lake definitely gave you some epic views.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing view, we went early in the morning so there wasn't as many people. There's wooden steps most of the way up making it a nice easy hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Went in mid-July and there was a decent amount of snow coverage still on the trail. If you're going during that time trekking poles would be a good idea! Saw quite a few mountain goats and going in the late evening was the perfect time.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

This heavily-trafficked trail was perfectly pleasant, but nothing overly special. We got on the trail fairly early (7:30am) while there were few people on it, but as we were walking back down the crowds really started to roll in. It was a decent walk up the walkway/stairway to the top and once on the trail it wasn't much further to the overlook.

The overlook to Hidden Lake was nice, but compared to other lakes in the park it was simply fine—the better scenery is along the walkway overlooking Logan Pass.

We made a day out of this hike and the Trail of the Cedars to Avalanche Lake to acclimate before heading into the backcountry.

1 month ago

Although rated easy, don't be fooled. Lots of stairs. I thought it was far too difficult for all the children under 5 I saw. Their legs are so short for the deep stairs! It was a struggle for me as I have sketchy knees, but a beautiful hike nonetheless. Very crowded.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Easy enough for kids over 6. Snow is melted now and mountain goats and big horned sheep are plentiful. Go early in the morning or after 3 to avoid the undersized parking lot troubles

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Tons of Mountain Goats, but also a ton of people... views are Amazing! There was still a lot of snow on the trail, so that made it a bit challenging. Bring yak tracks and/or a walking stick.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Minus the large crowds, one of the prettier hikes in the park. Definitely recommend even with crowds and short distance. Saw tons of bighorn sheep, mountain goats, and even a bear far off in the distance.