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Hidden Lake Overlook

 4.5 (51)

Length


2.7 Miles 4.3 Kilometers


490' 149 m

Ascent

-489' -149 m

Descent

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

7,155' 2,181 m

High

6,677' 2,035 m

Low

Shared By Jake Bramante

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All Clear 28 days ago
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A shorter, out-and-back hike from the Logan Pass Visitor Center to the Hidden Lake Overlook.

Jake Bramante

Dogs No Dogs

Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly While a bit of an incline, many families make it out midway on the trail, but many make it all the way to the overlook together.

Access to the trailhead depends upon where the snow plows are. Usually opens up in May to cyclists and mid-June to vehicular traffic. Bring bear spray.

Overview

This hike starts from the apex of the Going-to-the-Sun Road at Logan Pass. The entire hike features beautiful panoramic views out over alpine meadows and rugged peaks to a fantastic overlook of Hidden Lake tucked beneath towering peaks. The snow can stick around well into July, but the wildflowers are around through September with the best blooms in August.

Need to Know

Always bring a warm hat and gloves as well as a rain jacket as travel through this area, even on a hot summer day, can change quickly. Make sure that you either purchase or rent bear spray. It can be rented in Apgar Village.

Description

To start this hike, head out on the Hidden Lake Trail past the visitor center that starts as asphalt and quickly turns into a raised boardwalk. The boardwalk heads up turning into stairs that lead toward the glacial moraine that was formed by the glacier that used to sit at the bottom of Clements Mountain.

From here, the trail continues on dirt, climbing over Hidden Pass where you can often spot mountain goats. After 1.4 miles, Hidden Lake becomes visible down below at overlook with an interpretive sign. From here, there is also a great view into Sperry Glacier basin.

Most visitors head back from this overlook, but the trail does continue downward for an additional 1.2 miles to the north side of Hidden Lake. This is a steep descent that can be a challenging addition.

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 flowers are breathtaking. Fleabane, glacier lilies, and elephant's head to name a few. Mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and ground squirrels are the more popular animals seen, although pika, bears and mule deer may also be spotted.

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Aug 19, 2018
Catherine Kirby
Aug 15, 2018
Kelly D
2.7mi
Aug 15, 2018
Sebastian Chavez
Saw goats and rams! 2.7mi
Aug 12, 2018
Justin Epker
Aug 12, 2018
Greg Steinmetz
Just went to the overlook. Awesome trail. Moderate difficulty. 3.1mi
Aug 10, 2018
Kari Kitchen
Aug 10, 2018
Jessica Mirek
Aug 9, 2018
Gabe Swiatkiewicz

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