Hidden Lake Trail

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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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4 days 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.

hiking
5 days ago

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

hiking
16 days 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!

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1 month 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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1 month ago

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

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1 month ago

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

1 month ago

Five stars for the view once you get part the large crowds, but be prepared to deal with a lot of people. The hike down to the lake is quite steep when you come back up, but not too taxing.

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1 month ago

Not the trail for the hiker that enjoys the peaceful type trails in the park. Too much people pollution with no trail manners! After seeing many different views and lakes from the trails that away from the road, this just did not add up!

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