Hidden Meadow Trail

EASY 17 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
226 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
24 days ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

A Short but wonderful hike.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

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

Friday, June 23, 2017

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!

hiking
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

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.

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