Hidden Lake Trail [CLOSED]

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Glacier National Park

Hidden Lake Trail is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Siyeh Bend, 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: 5.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,374 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

bird watching

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

closed

no dogs

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. Please note: This trail often closes due to bear activity. 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 you'll reach the Hidden Lake Overlook where you'll 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 bears lead to periodic closings of the trail. Please check with the park to determine the status of this trail. 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.

hiking
1 month ago

We really loved this hike and the views were beautiful. Starting at the Logan’s pass visitor center then to the overlook, it was really crowded up until that point and then there were only a few people we passed that went to the lake. We saw a lot of marmots, and the trail is well marked but really does drop pretty steep and coming back up was no joke for us! Worth it though. Down at the lake was beautiful but tons of bugs so bring bug spray. As well as bear spray for sure. We saw children doing this hike and so it’s definitely doable for families. Just arrive really early to park or take the shuttle which is recommended. It was mid August when we went and it was pretty cold, we had layers and hat on, even started out wearing gloves.

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muddy
snow
2 months ago

This was one of our favorite hikes of 2019. It had a lot of elevation gain for our kids, but they loved the payoff at the top. Hiking up through the cloud cover was inspiring. We will definitely repeat this hike in the future.

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3 months ago

As if the drive wasn’t good enough, already. Hiking over snow in shorts & t-shirts, through some fantastic terrain & scenery, made this one of our most favorite hikes.

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rocky
3 months ago

Some switch backs, not terrible going down to the lake at all. although it's not fun coming back up if you're not fit! altogether i think anyone with some endurance can overcome this hike. it's a beautiful and easy hike. So much wildlife to see. I saw a grizzly bear, ram, tons of mountain goats and their babies. We also saw badgers and stoats. Chitmunks come right to your feet. It's truly a trail to experience.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a really nice hike. It's an easier hike that gives you a taste of what Glacier has to offer.

hiking
5 months ago

Love everything about this trail! 2 miles to a beautiful payoff!

5 months ago

We camped down at lower elevations and tried to get an early start. Still, it was crowded. We hiked to the overlook. I recall a ranger stating we couldn't go any further and had to turn back at this point. I love Bearhat mountain!

hiking
6 months ago

The views were just SO good for this hike. Unbelievable. It starts with climbing some wood stairs/plank across an amazing plain. We went late September and it was pretty rough weather (27 degrees, 40mph wind) but still super worth it. Less wind once you get off the plain and into the hidden lake area. There’s one part that had a super steep climb out but still worth it. Stunning views the whole time, never boring!!

hiking
6 months ago

I loved this hike! It was the first hike we did in the park and really captures the towering mountains around you. The lake was gorgeous and we were lucky to have a ton of beargrass in full bloom! It was easy most of the trail and the last bit could be rated as moderate due to the steeper hike right down to the lake. (July)

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing beautiful trail views, my fave in Glacier. I did this hike beginning of September so was still not too cold. The boardwalk has a lot of people, and after the overlook whittles down to not many. Extremely fast elevation change down to the lake, so it takes some time and energy to get back up. The view from the trail above the lake is amazing. Big horn sheep crossed the path and posed for us.

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8 months ago

great hike...started early before sunrise...boardwalk icy...overlook view was fantastic...saw and smelled a grizzly on the way down..trout were jumping...fantastic trail

hiking
8 months ago

Nice easy hike from the top of Going to the Sun Road. Pretty cold and windy the day we hiked but beautiful. Very touristy hike. So if you don’t like crowds might not be the hike for you. Hidden Lake is beautiful. Did not hike down to the lake but the overlook is still worth it. Parking at Logan Pass can be a disaster so plan to do this hike very early in the day or after 4-5pm so you can find a place to park.

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muddy
no shade
rocky
8 months ago

We went yesterday when it was a bit cold, windy, and rainy. There were not many people there because of that so it was a nice hike up the mountain. When we made it to the top it started to snow a little and we got to see a mountain goat. It was a little muddy from it drizzling but overall it was a nice hike and was really beautiful.

hiking
8 months ago

Super easy and short hike. To find the parking was much harder than the hike.

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8 months ago

Super busy trail but honestly you have to see it to appreciate. Even as a local we love it! Don't be fooled by the distance or words like paved and boardwalk. This is uphill the entire half mile and requires you to put forth some effort, that being said however it's worth noting that it IS doable. My father is a 66 year old amputee and it was slow going but he did it for the first time and was astounded by the beauty!

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8 months ago

Great scenery lots of BIG steps. Parking lot it a NIGHTMARE. took 45 minutes to find a parking spot

hiking
8 months ago

good trail for those that are unable to hike longer, tougher, more peaceful trails. Hike to overlook will still be a challenge for some. but well worth it for the views, including wildlife.

hiking
8 months ago

Not a very long hike in terms of distance, but still a demanding one at times. It’s true there’s a lot of boardwalk to start, which encourages sightseers and non-hikers to venture out further than they might otherwise. But getting to the Hidden Lake Overlook is only the first quarter of the hike. The descent down to Hidden Lake is steep in places, and the subsequent climb up a real thigh-burner. Don’t let the Moderate rating fool you...it’s short, but does require serious effort. We saw a colony of marmots, seemingly unafraid of us as we passed through. The ranger said they will be hibernating soon and are getting fat in preparation. Views were nice, and the water refreshing to dip your feet in as a reward for making it to the bottom.

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rocky
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

one of the best views in all of glacier. the view from the hidden lake overlook is incredible. saw goats, squirrels, and other wildlife along the way. amazing and must do

hiking
8 months ago

This was one of the shorter hikes we did on our trip, it was pretty busy and no shade (we did in the middle of the afternoon). The views at the end were very pretty from the viewpoint. The trail down to the lake was closed due to bear activity.

hiking
8 months ago

Good moderate intensity hike. View of the lake was amazing and definitely worth the hike. Second part of the trial after the overlook is steeper coming up. Beach is great to spend some time at the bottom. We dipped in the super cold water. It was refreshing.

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no shade
8 months ago

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rocky
8 months ago

Awesome trail. Hike all the way to the lake and back. About 5.4 miles. Completed in 3 hrs. Amazing views and weather. Did this during sept long weekend 2019. Heavy traffick trail. Took about 30 min to find parking.

hiking
8 months ago

I would call this more of a walk than a hike. It’s mostly all boardwalk until you get to the overlook, which beyond that was unfortunately closed due to bear activity. It’s very easy. People were doing this (to the overlook) in dresses and flip flops. We hit this trail after doing Highline as they are accessible from the same parking lot and didn’t have any trouble completing both. Beautiful mountain and lake views, tons of wildflowers, saw a grizzly about 150 yards away, goats, sheep....beautiful. The views were amazing and worth going to even with the closures. I wish we could have gone all the way, but understand the danger and appreciate the closures. This gets 3.5-4 stars, no fault of the trail, but bc it’s EXTREMELY busy and highly trafficked. It was somewhat irritating bc there are signs all over requesting people to stay on the trail for preservation, but people do what they want and walk over the place disregarding the signs. We also saw some incredibly bold squirrels and marmots that tried to steal some lunch’s and tried to walk on my boots! This is due to people unfortunately feeding them and now they go to great lengths to get people food. Do this trail, however, PLEASE stay ON the trail, don’t feed the adorable animals and watch for bears!

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful!

Beautiful scenery and opportunities to see wildlife. this trail was not as busy as many of the more popular trails in the park.

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