Hike to Hidden Lake Lookout

8 Miles Round Trip - 3300 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Hidden Lake Trail - Search Nearby - Added by Christin Healey

Once you've completed the scramble to the top, get 360 degree views of Washington. Hit the trail early if you're hoping to spend the night in the lookout. It's first come, first served.

Be careful when heading up this 4.5 mile trail since there can be snow coverage into the summer. When you start the trail, you'll get a little tree coverage as you start climbing up. Unfortunately, the shade starts to dissipate after about a mile, where you'll cross over Sibley Creek and enter the basin. As you climb, the view gets better - take time to check out the valley below and Mt. Baker. Once you've hiked for about 2.5 miles, the trail will ease its incline grade a bit and allow you to pass through the meadow and catch your breath.

After another mile of hiking, you'll start to get views of the surrounding peaks like Forbidden and Klawatti. Once you reach the saddle, you'll be able to see Hidden Lake below. There's no defined trail to the lake; it's about a 1/2 mile boulder scramble if you're looking to get down there. For the last bit of the hike from the saddle, you'll be scrambling up boulders for 0.5 miles to make it up to the lookout.

Staying here is first come, first served.

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Camping
Photography
Backpacking
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Scenic

Details

8 Miles
3300 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

Stay Nearby

Stehekin, Washington

North Cascades Lodge at Stehekin

From $109/night

Concrete, Washington

Concrete / Grandy Creek KOA

Burlington, Washington

Burlington / Anacortes KOA

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Awesome

It’s just awesome. No other words. Plain awesome.

Lit

This hike was dope. Starts out in an alpine meadow and only gets better. Highly recommend

Bomb!

Definitely one of the best ways to experience the PNW and the views! I'd spend a night up there to see the sunset and sunrise and just sit back and relax