Hidden Lake Overlook

EASY 55 reviews
#12 of 114 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
580 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

20 days ago

Beautiful!

1 month ago

Awesome

walking
4 months ago

Great trail in an amazing location.

hiking
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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.

5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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.

walking
5 months ago

Took the shuttle up to to the pass. Arrived too late in the day to tackle the Hidden Lake trail, but the walk and overlook are fantastic. Just gorgeous! I hope to make it back one day for a dip in the icy waters below.

6 months ago

Favorite trail so far! Saw many mountain goats and the views were breathtaking. Wear good shoes as it is a very snowy trail. Go as early in the morning as possible to avoid heavy crowds!

6 months ago

We saw lots of mountain goats close up on this trail. You walk up the hill from Logan's Pass Visitors Center, with spectacular views all around. A good part of the trail is covered with slushy snow, even in July, so the trail is marked by poles in the snow. Lots of wildflowers! At the end, the view down to hidden lake is gorgeous. The actual trail down to hidden lake was closed, due to an encounter with an aggressive grizzly bear earlier that day. Be sure to not wear open-toe shoes on this hike, your feet will be cold and wet!

6 months ago

Beware...says easy and maybe most of the year it is, but still tons of snow and many people had difficulty climbing through it (and sliding back down). Most of my group was fine and it was well worth it.

hiking
6 months ago

Took the guided tour from the boat. Saw a black bear.

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

4 months ago

Load More