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Day Hike To Hidden Lake in Glacier National Park

Browning, Montana


Added by Mike Scaturo

Distance: 5.4 mi roundtripElevation gain: 1325 ftHalf-day hikeMountain goats galoreFishing (permit required)Swim in some chilly glacier waterFun to slide down snow on the way back!

When visiting Glacier National Park, it's a must-do to drive along the Going-to-the-Sun Road through the park. About halfway from either direction, you'll reach Logan's Pass. From there, the Hidden Lake Trail offers stunning views, mountain goat sightings, and an opportunity to swim in some the coldest water out there.

Once you reach the trailhead, make your way up the Hidden Lake Nature Trail towards the boardwalk. When we were there, the first portion of the trail was completely covered in snow. Don't worry though, the elevation gain is very gradual during this point and we saw lots of families do this hike with little difficulties. The snow can be bright, so make sure to bring some sunglasses!

Once you pass the boardwalk/snow portion of the trail, you'll arrive at the lookout! This is a great space to rest, take some photos of the lake and Bearhat Mountain!

It'd be a decent hike even if you just make it to the lookout, but we highly suggest venturing down to the lake. The trail gets a little more difficult here but is nothing to fear. You'll break a sweat, but the glacier water in Hidden Lake will cool you right off.

After a nice swim in the lake, follow the path west, veer right, and follow Hidden Creek along the dirt path. The path gets very narrow and isn't maintained as well as the main trail, but if you can make your way about 100 yards through it, you'll be rewarded with one of my favorite views in Glacier. The trail ends at the top of a wonderful waterfall that looks over a magnificent valley!

From there, take a moment to relax, then make your way back to the car. This hike is relatively short and you should be able to squeeze another in that day!

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