Hike to Hidden Lake Overlook

Montana Hidden Lake Trail, MT

  • Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Summer, Autumn

  • RT Distance:

    2.7 Miles

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Wildflowers
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Take in epic views along the entire hike, ending at a beautiful overlook of Hidden Lake with Bearhat Mountain towering behind it. This is a great spot for sunsets and you'll have a good chance of seeing mountain goats along the hike. 

The trail starts at the Logan Pass Visitor Center, which is right in the middle of Going-To-The-Sun Road. It can be very busy during the middle of the day, but early morning and early evening will have less of a crowd.

It's a pretty short hike in a beautiful wide open alpine meadow. We were greeted by mountain goats only a few minutes into the hike and then saw half a dozen more when we got to the overlook. If hiking in the summer, you'll find wildflowers sprinkled all over the ground in the area after the snow has melted off.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Food/snacks
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We did this hike in mid-July and most of the trail was still covered in snow. There were boardwalks at the beginning that were clear and then the snow began. I was glad I brought my trekking poles because it was slick and steep in parts. Two out of the three of us fell in the snow, as were lots of the other hikers. We saw several mountain goats and even a few babies! We also saw marmots. The views throughout the entire hike were amazing! The trail was crowded, though. We wanted to go all the way to Hidden Lake but it was closed at the overlook due to bear activity, so that was a bummer. This was one of the highlights of our trip and we would definitely do it again! The parking lot was insanely crowded - so get there in the morning or late afternoon or you won't get a spot. We drove around the lot for a solid hour waiting for someone to leave - it was super frustrating!

about 2 months ago
about 2 months ago

Hiking to Hidden Lake Overlook is about as easy of a hike that you'll get in Glacier National Park. The views from the overlook rival views from anywhere in the world.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

A short hike but with very rewarding views. I set my camera up on a cliff edge to capture a time-lapse of the setting sun. As I watched the day turn into night, two juvenile mountain goats would continually come check on what was going on.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

This is one of the most accessible hikes in Glacier National Park, which of course means it's often crowded. If parking is a concern, you can take the park shuttle to the Logan Pass Visitor Center. I went in late July and there was still a bit of snow on the trail, but nothing impassable. For such a short, easy hike, the views are incredible!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

I had just arrived at Glacier National Park, and decided to make this the first stop after a long day of driving.. The hike was short and fast but with stunning views of massive mountains the entire way. When I reached the overlook I couldn't believe my eyes! The sun was setting and the light was so magical dancing across the lake. Definitely a must do!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Shane Black

I'm an avid landscape/timelapse/astrophotographer based out of central Ohio.

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