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."
--Erik Molvar, Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Erik Molvar, Best Easy Day Hikes: Glacier and Waterton National Parks (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Jean Arthur, Top Trails: Glacier National Park: Must-Do Hikes for Everyone (Wilderness Press).
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!
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...
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.
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!
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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