Hike to Hidden Lake Lookout

Hidden Lake Trail

Distance

8 Miles

Elevation Gain

3300 Feet

Activities

Camping, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Christin Healey

Dog Friendly
Scenic

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.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $55/night

LOGE Leavenworth

Leavenworth, Washington

From $400/night

LOGE at The Pass Life

Snoqualmie Pass, Washington

Reviews

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Overall rating: 

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

Distance

8 Miles

Elevation Gain

3300 Feet

Activities

Camping, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Christin Healey

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