Nonstop, panoramic views of the high peaks and alpine meadows around Logan Pass and a stunning overlook above Hidden Lake Basin make this one of the most popular outings in Glacier National Park. Extend the hike by visiting beautiful Hidden Lake.
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- Distance: 2.6 miles (round trip) to Hidden Lake Overlook
5.2 miles (round trip) to Hidden Lake
- Elevation: 6,646-ft. at Trailhead
7,170-ft. at Hidden Lake Overlook
6,375-ft. at Hidden Lake
- Elevation Gain: 529-ft. to Hidden Lake Overlook
-795-ft. to Hidden Lake
- Difficulty: easy-moderate
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West Glacier / St Mary / Glacier Natl Park, MT
Why Hike Hidden Lake Overlook
This is really two hikes in one. The first section of the hike is a relatively easy ascent across the alpine meadows above Logan Pass to the scenic Hidden Lake Overlook. The entire journey is accompanied by nonstop views of the high peaks surrounding the Logan Pass area. Wildflowers and wildlife add to the allure of the hike. The hike is one of the most popular outings in Glacier National Park so don’t expect solitude.
Escape most of the crowd by extending the hike to Hidden Lake (6,975-ft.). Beyond the overlook the trail loses almost 800-ft. as it descends on moderately-steep to steep grades to the lake in 1.25 miles. The descent and subsequent ascent deter most parties. The hike to the lake is accompanies by great views of Mount Brown, Stanton Mountain, Bearhat Peak and Reynolds Mountain. The lakeshore is quite scenic with views that extend south to the high cliffs rimming the southern end of the basin. Bearhat Mountain looms overhead. Short spur trails lead to the pretty outlet stream and nice areas along the shore to relax and take in the views.
Keep in mind that snow lingers in the meadows around Logan Pass well into the summer season. Make sure you wear appropriate footwear for tramping through snowy and potentially muddy trails.
Get an early start to avoid the worst of the crowds. The parking area at Logan Pass fills early in the day. Your best bet is to take the shuttle bus to the pass and avoid the disappointment of being turned away due to a lack of parking.
Glacier Natl Park, MT
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