Hidden Lakes

MODERATE 22 reviews
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Hidden Lakes is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gallatin Gateway, Montana that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, and fly fishing. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.8 miles
1236 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



fly fishing




1 day ago

Lake is frozen over as of 10/15/17. Drive up wasn't bad but there are no signs until the top and might need 4wd in certain spots.

fly fishing
1 month ago

The first 1/3 is fairly steep but not bad. The second 1/3 is flat and has a good view, and the last third to the lake is slightly steep but downhill. The road is rough but passable. I was able to make it there in Subaru Impreza AWD and only scrapped 2-4 times.

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4 months ago

Easy trail but the views are worth the intense drive to the trail, beautiful views. if you get car sick this trail head is not for you lol

Monday, September 26, 2016

So rainy that day but still a very cool hike. Some people mentioned that this trail wasn't marked well but it was for us. It did look like someone had come through with a gator and cleared a lot of it. The last bit to the lakes is a little more tech and not marked as well. But not terrible. Def take bear spray. Once we got to the lake we heard a pretty intense animal "voice". I assume it was a bear because I don't know what else would have made that noise. Either way it was intimidating.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Sunday, August 28, 2016

This is a magnificent trail that is not too difficult and ends at two untouched lakes. Worth every step and the bumpy road to get there.m!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The road to reach the trailhead was VERY rough. If you do not have a high ground clearance vehicle I would stay away from this trail. The hike itself was moderately difficult. The grade is a bit intense at the start and when you get closer to the lakes but is mostly flat in the middle. The whole hike took me about 2 hours, with spending 30 minutes at the lakes which were very beautiful!

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

The road in is longer than anticipated, not marked very well, and mandates slow driving and therefore taking more time! The hike itself is moderately challenging not well marked but well worth the outcome!!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Aptly named trail because I couldn't find the lakes! In July this was just a brutal amount of uphill downhill all day in the heat. The trail also isn't amazingly marked, wound up going down the trail to beavertail creek. It's Montana, so it's still beautiful, just make sure someone knows what's up when you go.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016

Monday, September 28, 2015

Beautiful lakes and forests! camping at the top lake is great!

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Great views from above the lakes

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Portal Cr road is rough but passable. The bigger issue is the condition of the trail. Freshly cleared and yet still littered with moderate boulders, this trail was a veritable slog through sucking mud and over slick rock. It was raining the whole time, so so we didn't get to see the whole Chain 'O Lakes. Once you reach the ridge line, you still have to trudge through more poorly cut trail and across the creek. Might have been really pretty, but it was all socked in. Better luck next time.

Try Golden Trout lakes too if you have the time!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

First third and last third are medium. With a pack it was a bit technical times. July 4th weekend still snow on the trail in places. Totally worth it. Great hike. Camped overnight at the 2nd lake. Beautiful.