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Hidden Lake Trail [CLOSED] 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.

Length 5.3 mi Elevation gain 1,374 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

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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.

Paved parking lot at the VC, fills up fast and you may have to wait patiently for a space. VC and bathrooms at the TH.

Glacier National Park Park Headquarters PO Box 128 West Glacier, MT 59936 Visitor Information (406) 888-7800 Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD) (406) 888-7806 By Fax (406) 888-7808

By Car West Entrance Near the communities of Kalispell, Whitefish, and Columbia Falls, the West Entrance provides access to the Lake McDonald area, Park Headquarters, the Apgar Visitor Center and is the west entry point to the Going-to-the-Sun-Road. From Kalispell, take Highway 2 north to West Glacier (approximately 33 miles). St. Mary, Two Medicine, and Many Glacier Entrances Closest to the town of Browning, all three entrances can be reached by taking Highway 89 north from Great Falls to the town of Browning (approximately 125 miles) and then following signage to the respective entrance. The St. Mary Entrance is the east entry point of the Going-to-the-Sun-Road and provides access to the St. Mary Visitor Center and services at Rising Sun. The Many Glacier Entrance provides access to the Many Glacier Valley and visitor services at the Many Glacier Hotel and the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn. Logan Pass is at the top of Going to the Sun Road.

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Linda Vo
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Hiking

Gorgeous hike with views of Bearhat mountain and beautiful overlook of Hidden Lake. If going on opening week, highly recommend snow cramp ons or shoes that can handle walking on snow, was a bit slippery and can see an ACL tear happening.

Lukas Jilovsky
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HikingSnow

Amazing trail what a day! Still very snowed up so make sure you bring good waterproof hiking boots and maybe an extra pair of sock. Very crowded today since it was opening day, but you still could enjoy the magnificent views. The snow definitively made the hike a little more challenging because it was slippery. But totally worth it! Can’t wait to hike it again!

Victoria Nguyen
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Hiking

Completed sept 12, 2018. Boardwalk to the vista and you can continue down to the lake. Did not go down completely as I was able to experience the same view of the mountain and lake just traveling a mile more past the viewpoint.

Kara Noland
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Hiking

We hiked along the boardwalks and trails to the overlook and had absolutely stunning views of hidden lake. It was a foggy day and it felt like we were in the clouds. I would definitely recommend this for a quick flat hike.

Shauna Washington
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HikingIcySnow

We did this hike in summer of 2019 with our three kids ages 4, 6 & 8. We did have to go over ice/snow the kids loved this hike! We saw lots of mountain goats and some other wildlife & very beautiful! We made it to the top of the lake and then trail was shut down due to Bears. It was a very crowded trail.

Kelly Stewart
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Hiking

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.

Austin Smith
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HikingMuddySnow

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.

Douglas Sears
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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.

Alaina Johnson
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HikingRocky

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.

Ricky Marksberry
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Hiking

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

Dan Marlin
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Hiking

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

Steve Schmidt
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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!

Clara Davis
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Hiking

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!!

Melody Walkup
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Hiking

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)

STEPHANIE HARRIS
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Hiking

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.

John Jancasz
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Hiking

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

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Lettie Primeaux
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Hiking

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.

Zachary Cooper
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HikingMuddyNo shadeRocky

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.

Pasang Sherpa
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Hiking

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

Misty Allabaugh
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Hiking

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!

Amie H.
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Hiking

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

Mark Davis
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Hiking

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.

Terry Mertens
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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.

Yoyo Towpatom
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Ryan Z
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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

Megan Schroeder
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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.

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