Hidden Lake Trail

Glacier National Park, Montana

Distance2.3mi
Elevation Gain17ft
Trailhead Elevation6,399ft
Top6,399ft
Elevation Min/Max6385/6399ft
Elevation Start/End6399/6399ft
Hidden Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Glacier County and Flathead County, Montana. It is within Glacier National Park. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 6,399 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 17 feet. The Hidden Lake Overlook viewpoint can be seen along the trail.

Hidden Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is a half-day hike from Logan Pass to Hidden Lake Overlook, 1.5 miles (3.5 km) one way; or from Logan Pass to Hidden Lake, 3.0 miles (5 km) one way.

The trail to Hidden Lake provides one of the quickest access routes to the high country in Glacier Park. It starts as a boardwalk that climbs moderately through fields of wildflowers to Hidden Lake Pass, in the shadow of Clements Mountain.

From the pass, Reynolds Mountain dominates the southern skyline, while Bearhat Mountain rises on the far side of islet-strewn Hidden Lake. A third of a mile farther is an overlook point, from which the trail descends almost 700 feet to the north shore of the lake, which is reputed to contain large but wary cutthroat trout. A mountaineers’ route begins at the south end of the lake, skirting the base of the cliffs along the Continental Divide and then dropping into Floral Park and crossing below the Sperry Glacier to Comeau Pass."

"The trail to Hidden Lake provides some of the quickest access to high alpine country in Glacier National Park. It starts as a boardwalk, climbing moderately through fields of wildflowers above the Logan Pass Visitor Center, and tops out at Hidden Lake Pass in the shadow of Mount Clements. From the pass, Reynolds Mountain dominates the southern skyline, while Bearhat Mountain rises on the far side of islet-strewn Hidden Lake. About 0.1 mile farther is an overlook point, from which the trail descends almost 700 feet to the north shore of the lake. Hidden Lake is reputed to contain large but wary cutthroat trout, which offer challenging angling."

"If you only have time for one hike in Glacier, make it the 2.57 miles to Hidden Lake (5.14 miles roundtrip), or at the very least, hike the 1.4 miles to Hidden Lake Overlook, a 485-foot climb on a mix of pavement, boardwalk, and trail, for incredible views from the Backbone of the Continent."

Hidden Lake Trail Reviews

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7/11/2017
Very beautiful hike! Did it with my 12 year old sis and mother, and they didn't have any problems until the uphills on the way back. I recommend for hikers of all ages!
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8/27/2010
Great hike. Simple hike up boardwalk to overlook. Hike down to lake is very steep but worth the wonderful view. 600' of elevation is accomplished in a quarter mile or so...
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9/17/2009
Great hike. The first part is a little bit crowded but very nice. When you arrive at the overlook (can be very chilly) you have a great view on the lake. The second part to reach the lake is not as interesting and the ascent to come back is strenuous. We saw wildlife amazingly close: marmots, bighorn sheeps and mountain goats.
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7/23/2008
Did this one Jul 22 and the trail was still 80% snow covered. Great hike with lots of wildlife, goats and sheep, etc. The over look is nice but the really great views are a few hundred yards more along the trail. This is a fairly easy hike and the reward makes this a must do hike!
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8/2/2006
If you want a fairly easy, short hike that offers up some exclent scenery then this is your trail. From behind Logan's Pass Visitor Center the trail is boarded to start the nice climb. The board walk doesn't last too long and then you are on a traditional trail. There are alot of people on this hike, but you will get lost in the beauty of your surrondings. Mountain goats and big horn sheep are usually easy to see on this trail. I think that it is a must at least one time for anyone who visits the park.
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6/24/2001
A must for the average hiker, as you get to see a deep part of the park with minimal effort, via a boardwalk from the visitor center to the top o' the divide. A short trip to a nice vista. Continue to the Lake to show off those leg muscles.
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8/22/2000
Afternoons were quite clear despite fires in west-central & southwestern fires this summer. A nice hike with a few waterfalls and able to play in a snow patch near top even with shorts & a t-shirt.
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