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Hidden Meadow Trail is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Polebridge, Montana that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 2.6 mi Elevation gain 226 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Closed

No dogs

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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.

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Reviews (41)
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Carolyn Gough
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Hiking

Trail was easy, a bit muddy, but nice. The brush was wet because of rain the night before and made my socks and pant legs wet. Take an extra pair of socks and wear long pants if it has rained. The dirt road to get to the trailhead is about 3 miles from the ranger station, so unless you’re able to drive out to the trailhead, take that into consideration. Take bug spray for the lake. Great wild flowers throughout.

Kelly Jockin
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Hiking

It’s Open! Great serene little hike for the kiddos. A little un-maintained with spring brush towards the end. Lots of wildflowers. A curious deer followed us down the trail for quite some time. Crazy echo across the lake.

Kevin Sink
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Hiking

Swans on the lake, nice fall color, shade most of the way. Well kept up dirt trail. Lovely open meadow to the east of lake with aspen border.

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McKenna Harvill
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HikingBugsOver grown

Good little hike. Lots of bugs so wear bug spray. Two swans live at the lake and it’s very pretty. There is no sign along the road to the trailhead but you park at the pullouts along Lone pine prairie and can see the sign that makes the trail.

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Vicky Dobbs
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Hiking

Ok. It isn’t a top ten type trail but FOR WHAT IT IS, it’s a nice trail. Easy. Short. In the shade most of the way with a pretty ending. We saw two swan and two lions on the lake. It is very peaceful with lots of wildflowers and butterflies. And of course stopping for huckleberry bear claws in Polebridge is iconic. We enjoyed it. It isn’t for due-hard hikers who want a challenge. It is probably the most remote trail we have ever done.

Mark Schmidt
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We were hoping to go up to Bowman Lake but the Bowman Lake parking lot was full at 11:00 in the morning and so the park ranger suggested Hidden Meadows. The hike went through the woods almost all the way until we got to an open meadow with a pond. If you decide to go on this hike you need to bring lots of bug spray. The pond was disappointing because there was absolutely nowhere to sit down and have lunch. We’ve been on three other hikes in Glacier National Park and this was far and away the most disappointing. I would not recommend this hike. I’m not one that normally gives bad reviews at all, but I have no idea why some of the other reviewers gave it four stars and five stars. Maybe just different expectations, so use your judgment. It’s not that long if you “do” decide to do it.

Darby Miciewicz
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HikingBugsOver grown

Had a blast, wasn’t our first choice. We headed up too late in the day to do other trails. But had a great time none the less. Tons of wildflowers and beautiful views at the pond. Only a few muddy spots and overgrown. Wear pants and bring big spray! :)

Carrie Licano Pichler
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Hiking

Short and sweet! It is a bit of a uphill climb for the first half mile or so but then evens out. Mostly a wooded trail and loaded with wildflowers. At a little over a mile and a half in, you'll reach the end of trail which is nothing short of gorgeous. Not only did we see the tallest Douglas Fir tree I have ever seen but the pond and meadow are gorgeous. Keep your eye on the side of the trail along the meadow as marmots can be seen running around.

Emily Gall
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Hiking

Really nice for a gentle walk in the woods! Lots of wildflowers, the meadow and lake are magical. Highly suggest bug spray!!!

J. Prescott Sanders
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HikingBugsOver grown

Nice little hike, scenic lake at the end. I’d suggest pants and lots of bug spray.

Matt Barker
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HikingBugs

Bugs most of the way up this trail, nice meadow and lake at the end.

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Vera McMurrin
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Hiking

Nice trail. We saw 4 other groups but quiet and away from the crowds. The meadow and lake were very pretty. Very easy hike.

V. Wald
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Hiking

One thing that's not been mentioned is the chance of seeing wildlife along the trail and in the meadow. We once watched swans (probably trumpeters) attacking common loons unprovoked. The swans had cygnets and the loons had chicks, it seems nobody was injured in the end. We've surprised grouse chicks (spruce or ruffed, hard to tell at that age) along the trail. One flew up onto a nearby branch and posed for us. There are also whitetail deer out there. I've been told Glacier's wolves are most likely to be seen in this part of the park, but we've neither seen nor heard any. MANY wildflowers both in numbers and types, in early-mid July. Take and know how to use both bear spray and bug spray. It is true there's really no place to sit, so bring an old towel, at the higher end of the meadow - under the giant Douglas fir for example - you can probably find a place to lay it down. Eat at Polebridge Mercantile, you won't regret it. Great little hike.

Jamie Wurtzberger
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Hiking

Wooded trail. No Mountain View on the trail. Lake at the end is more pond like and no where to sit and enjoy for a few minutes once you get there. View was okay of the mountains far off but extremely buggy. The meadow was pretty, but if you are looking for more views, this may not be your hike.

Rebecca Finke
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Hiking

Great hidden gem! We were the only ones on the trail until we hiked out. Beautiful meadow and lake.

Laurie Pastor
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Hiking

Great hike/walk to a wild flower meadow (summer months only) with beautiful lake views and mountain scenery.

LeRoy Unruh
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A Short but wonderful hike.

Jason Depenbrock
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Hiking

Beautiful easy hike. Well worth the hike to the lake. Watched Loons in the lake and a couple sandhill cranes. Did not see any bears but carried bear spray and talked to each other the entire time. Best hike we did all week

Dan Vest
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Hiking

Short walk through the trees w/o much elevation gain leads to a nice clearing with a large pond. Saw swans while we were there...I'd imagine we may have seen more had we hung around longer

Amanda Smith
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Beautiful easy trail. Well marked and easy to hike in and out. At the end is a lake and we saw trumpeter swans with signets while we enjoyed a picnic. Be aware you are in bear country and take all the precautions. We saw 2 piles of bear scat on the trail and sang loudly and clapped most of the way to prevent the bears from approaching. Take bear spray. Hiked with mom and kids...it was beautiful. Take bug spray too....when we stopped to take pictures, we were swarmed and sprayed down. Great hike!

Mac McXplorer
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Hiking

This easy 2.7 mile out & back trail is located along the Inside North Fork Road, the map calls this Quartz Ridge, south of the Polebridge Ranger Station. The trailhead is on the west side of the road and is labeled Hidden Meadows. There is limited parking at the trail head for about three cars. The trail begins in dense young pines, many of which are burned out from fires, with little more than 200ft elevation in the first half mile. As the trail levels you continue through pine forests with, at times, an alarming amount of bear activity along the trail and shoulders. Many of the dead pines have been torn down and apart by bears so be mindful and carry your bear spray. Approximately 1 mile in the pine turns to an Aspen grove, while beautiful, it does get a bit closed in at times making the large amount of bear sign a bit unnerving. Just as you feel inclined to turn around from the mounting tension, the Aspen grove opens and you appear in a vast open field of grass. To the near left is Hidden Meadow Lake. To the north the meadow continues for some distance, which I did not continue into beyond the nearest lake side. Inside of 200 meters from the meadow opening there is a large pine providing shade around its base. A good place to sit and take in the landscape, beware of potential critters doing the same thing, approach with caution. While no large mammals were seen, there is plenty of sign indicating their presence in the area. From the lone pine a walk of less than 200 meters will take you to the edge of Hidden Meadow Lake. Here was seen a family of Trumpeter Swans putting on a show for a few minutes. In all a nice trail, very relaxing scenery at the end and better still, no other people on the trail. I had the trail and meadow to myself.

Kyler Mahar
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Jay Perry
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Jennifer Hadsell
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John Easterly
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Angela Long
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Kirsti Elliott
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