Hike to Hidden Lake Overlook

2.7 miles

Added by Shane Black

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.

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about 2 years ago

Best bang for your buck hike in Glacier

For how short this hike is, the reward is huge! You are constantly being greeted with beautiful views of Logan Pass! A great warmup for bigger hikes in Glacier. Crowds can be bad so go early

Amazing Hike Complete With Mountain Goats

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!

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about 4 years ago

Short, Awesome Hike

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.

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about 4 years ago

Breathtaking

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.

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over 4 years ago

Incredible views for little effort!

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!

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