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Hidden Lake Nature Trail

6 miles round trip

The beginning of the Hidden Lake Trail

The Trailhead begins behind Logan Pass Visitor Center. Arrive early for parking availability.

Since this is the most popular hike in Glacier Park, we encounter hikers from many countries as we travel the trail to the Hidden Lake Overlook. From the overlook we view the lake situated in a bowl surrounded by mountains. Hidden Lake is popular for Yellowstone Cutthroat fishing, so some of the hikers are fishermen. Most visitors turn back at the overlook, but the adventurous keep going. A bit further down the trail the views of Hidden Lake are spectacular and we stop to photograph the area. Along the trail we pass over streams surrounded by wildflowers. There are such a variety of wildflowers we cannot hope to photograph them all.

View of Hidden Lake from the Lookout Point

Wildlife is plentiful here and there are ground squirrels, hoary marmots and mountain goats at close range.

Squirrel Along the Hidden Lake Trail

Hiking down to the lake and then along the lakeshore is an adventure in paradise, with serene and beautiful alpine scenery at every step.

This part of Hidden Lake nature trail, written by Janet Rapelje.

Hidden Lake

Several years ago, my Daughter and family were at Logan Pass. This was a very special trip for them and they had never seen beautiful Glacier National Park. They were hikers and found the trailhead to Hidden Lake, just in back of the Visitor Center.

The first quarter of a mile is paved and then becomes a boardwalk for awhile. From then on it is a well maintained path. They climbed upward to find the best view of Hidden Lake. What they saw from the overlook and from a spot a few hundred feet farther, was so beautiful that my JoAnn will never forget it. Her comment at the time was ---- Heaven must look like this, It’s so beautiful.

As you walk this trail you will go through Alpine meadows and sub alpine evergreen trees. You will see Reynolds Mountain, Mount Oberlin, and Clements Mountain. Which are all so high that they will be snow capped peaks. You will find waterfalls from Mt. Oberlin coming over the cliffs in front of you. The many wildflowers that you will find in July and August are very hardy and have a very short growing season. But are not short on beauty.

You will probably see lots of small animals, as they hurry to store fat and store food for the long winter ahead. Ground Squirrels are a constant in this area. They don’t seem afraid either at the visitor center or out in the forest. They have a job to do and see hikers so often that they seem to have no fear. Sometimes they go into hibernation in late summer and stay there for nearly seven months.

You will notice the red color of the rocks along the trail. These are called red Argillite. Many many years ago they were a mixture of iron and mud, and were under water.

About a mile and a half out on the trail you will come to a wooden platform where you can look down on Hidden Lake. Here you will certainly use your camera for memories. The Lake is so beautiful.

Going on you will soon see another view of the lake as well as the end of Lake Mc Donald. Hidden Lake was named Bear Hat Lake by the Indians who first lived in these mountains. If you should decide to go on down to the lake, it is close to eight hundred feet of downhill descent.

I hope you will enjoy your hike as much as my family did and come back again.

This part about Hidden Lake was written by Verna Parks.

Glacier National Park is located in the northwest corner of Montana, just north of Columbia Falls. The park encompasses more than one million acres and is home to grizzly bear, moose, elk, along with 63 varieties of wild mammals. While most of the roads in Glacier National Park are closed off during the winter, this provides miles and miles of tracks for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Visitors are seldom around in the dead of winter, so the muffled hush of the snow covered woods is especially enticing and serene.

A ski or snowshoe trip along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, which is one of the most scenic roads in North America, is a great option, according to park rangers. The road is closed to cars from September or October until snowmelt, usually in June. Several short hiking trails branch off from the road, which would be excellent for snowshoeing or skiing in the winter season.

 Once you have your gear, head up to Glacier National Park for an exciting adventure. Guided snowshoe trips are available, led by a park naturalist, and are highly recommended. If you are looking for an informative tour, snowshoeing is an easy way to explore the winter wonderland of this unique park. Snowshoeing will provide even the novice an effortless activity so your senses are more in tune with your environment and your guide's knowledge on the history, wildlife, geology, and biology of this precious ecosystem.

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