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Hidden Lake

 4.6 (22)

Length


2.6 Miles 4.2 Kilometers


544' 166 m

Ascent

-821' -250 m

Descent

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

7,166' 2,184 m

High

6,387' 1,947 m

Low

Shared By Jake Bramante

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An alpine trail across flowering alpine meadows backdropped with peaks to a beautiful lake.

Jake Bramante

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly The Hidden Lake Overlook section is popular with families and is a great journey for everyone.

Bring bear spray.

Description

The trail starts behind the Logan Pass Visitor Center and works its way across alpine meadows. Rocky summits stand guard all around. As you work your way up the steps of the boardwalk, more peaks come into view and you get a great view of the Garden Wall. When the road is first open to Logan Pass in the spring, most of this trail is on snow, but by mid-summer, it is a carpet of flowers of every color. Water flows from patches of snow that linger into the fall.

The trail gets closer to Clements Mountain and skirts a moraine and crosses numerous feeder streams that are to become Reynolds Creek below. The trail levels out at Hidden Pass with subalpine fir and pocket lakes. Mountain goats are frequent here and on the shoulders of the surrounding mountains. The trail gently goes to a platform at Hidden Lake Overlook which serves as the turning around point for many. Here, you look down at the beautiful Hidden Lake tucked beneath cliffs and backdropped by Bearhat Mountain. Interpretive signs help you pick out Sperry Glacier in the background.

From here, the trail continues on dirt as it traverses fairly level terrain on the north side of the lake before hitting a switchback where the trail steeply descends to the lake in a flurry of switchbacks. At the bottom of the descent, the trail wanders to a pebbled shoreline and the outlet of the lake. It's a great spot to relax, fish, or have a snack.

If you take this trail all the way to the lake, be sure to save a bit of energy for the return trip!

This content was created by Jake Bramante of Hike 734. Visit hike734.com for more expert Glacier content and maps that help you decide which trail to hike.

Flora & Fauna

Alpine plants such as glacier lilies, elephant head, fleabane, and beargrass line the meadows. Marmots, ground squirrels and pikas as well as mountain goats and deer frequent the area. Finches, ptarmigans, pipits, jays, hawks and falcons can be seen as well.

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Sep 13, 2018
Lanting Fuh
Sep 2, 2018
Nate B
2.6mi
Aug 31, 2018
Rochelle Hartigan
Re hiked this trail at the end of my trip on a clear day. The view was amazing. It’s quite an incline on the way up, but worth it. 3mi
Aug 28, 2018
Rochelle Hartigan
Cloudy day and visibility was limited. Could not see the view, but surroundings were still beautiful. Grizzly crossed path on return near Logan’s
Aug 25, 2018
Cecile Lynch
Starting out on hidden lake trail
Aug 19, 2018
Bryan Beck
Aug 16, 2018
Diana Rodriguez
Aug 15, 2018
Kelly D
2.6mi

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  4.6 from 22 votes

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