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.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,190 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

lake

views

hiking
1 month ago

I made it to the trailhead in a full-size sedan (Kia) without 4wd. The road is very rocky but I got there driving less than 5mph while using the entire road to maneuver around rocks and ditches. The trail to the lake is a pretty gradual climb, but the trail to the good lakes is very steep and poorly marked. It is worth the effort to get to them, but make sure that you pay attention to the trail you took.
This trail is pretty secluded so also make sure that you bring everything you may need in case of an emergency, namely a camera :)

1 month ago

Great hike and beautiful hidden lakes, very tranquil Road is rough getting up to the trailhead, recommend a 4x4 or rental car.

1 month ago

This trail was a good half day trip! It was a truly magical place! There are a number of lakes up there and they are all connected! There are also some great vantage points on the way up

hiking
2 months ago

Three lakes in less than 5mi RT? Perfect! The upper hidden lake still had some snow and the hike was beautiful. A little steep on your way to the upper lake.

2 months ago

Great place and few people. The first part of the hike is on a wide trail but up on top of a level area is a potentially confusing intersection with an arrow indicating the trail straight ahead but go right instead. There is a hard-to-see sign that says Hidden Lakes nailed to a tree. From here the trail heads down and then up to small Lily Lake. Look for the faint and narrow trail heading steeply uphill on the northwest corner of the camping area to reach Lower and Upper Hidden Lakes. Usually snow even in July and good fishing for Golden Trout.

3 months ago

Super fun hike- I was completely alone with my dogs which is always amazing. I was able to easily make it to all the lakes, but I’m glad I had my phone gps and maps. The trail up to the upper two lakes is much narrower and not well marked. However the trail is worn and easy to follow once you are on it.

3 months ago

Fun and quick hike. Brought the fly rod and found some brook trout in the lake

backpacking
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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.

fishing
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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.

Monday, May 29, 2017

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

hiking
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.

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!

hiking
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!

hiking
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!!

hiking
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.

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

hiking
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!

hiking
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.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Pretty easy hike to a chain several lakes good views bad road.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

recorded Hidden lake

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