Hidden Lake Trail

MODERATE 108 reviews
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Hidden Lake Trail is a 5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near East Glacier Park, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1482 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

Uphill hike from the top of Logan Pass to great surprise view of Hidden Lake, with option of hiking down to the lake. The trail to Hidden Lake Overlook begins from the west side of the Logan Pass Visitor Center. Trail starts at the back of the VC, veer right to the Hidden Lake Nature Trail TH. This hike traverses through alpine meadows known as the Hanging Gardens. Expect a lot of sun and wind at this high elevation. Also expect crowds - this is one of the most popular hikes in the park. Parking can also be an issue during peak tourist season, so start early if you can. The trail begins as a paved surface before turning into a raised boardwalk. At this elevation snow tends to linger around well into the summer. The boardwalk helps to keep hikers above the snow, slush, mud and rivulets. Once the snow melts, however, the Hanging Gardens becomes a carpet of wildflowers. Early into the hike, 8760-foot Clements Mountain dominates the view directly in front of you To the north on your right are some outstanding views of the Garden Wall, and to the northwest is 8180-foot Mt. Oberlin. After climbing a series of steps, about a half-mile from the visitor center, is the end of the boardwalk section. From here the trail shifts in the direction of 8684-foot Bearhat Mountain. 9125-foot Mt. Reynolds and 8016-foot Heavy Runner Mountain will be on the left. Even late into the season you most likely will have to cross over a couple of small snowfields as you proceed up to the overlook. You'll reach a small rise, and will then pass a couple of small ponds on your left. Just beyond this section, roughly 1.2 miles from the trailhead, hikers will reach the Continental Divide. At 1.35 miles youll reach the Hidden Lake Overlook where youll find outstanding panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains. From this vantage point Bearhat Mountain is the dominating feature above Hidden Lake. Looking towards the south you can even see Gunsight Mountain and Sperry Glacier in the far off distance. Mountain goats are fairly common in the area around the overlook. Also keep an eye out for bighorn sheep, marmots, and even wolverines. Grizzly bears are occasionally seen in this area as well. The trail continues for another 1.5 miles down to the shores of Hidden Lake, which sits at an elevation of 6375 feet. Along the way the trail drops almost 770 feet on a rough and steep decline.

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Did this one for sunrise. Great spot to see goats and rams.

23 hours ago

Very worth the hike. . The scenery was amazing. I brought my kids along 10, 8, & 6. All finished with ease! We saw a lot of mtn goats and bighorn sheep.

negatives
It was quite crowded and parking was tough.

1 day ago

Amazing views and lots of mountain goats on the way too

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2 days ago

Amazing alpine meadows full of wildflowers, large snow patches, and waterfalls. Saw more than a dozen mountain goats that would come right up close. Saw marmots and ground squirrels. Part of trail closed due to bear activity, but we didn't spot any. Felt like Swiss alps. View in all directions is spectacular.

Great awesome trail! Still have to go through a fair amount of snow. The trail going down to the lake was closed.

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Great hike mostly through the snow. The trail to hidden lake was closed at the lookout. Near the lookout we saw about 10 mountain goats, 4 of which were on the trail and within 5 feet at times. The views and scenery from the top were amazing. We went in the afternoon around 6pm and a lot of the crowd had died down. 3 miles out and back but it will take longer due to snow and hills, bring a walking stick or poles and hiking boots, its slick!

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19 days ago

Awesome trail with snow on it.