The trail for Hidden Lake Overlook starts near the visitor center at Logan’s Pass in Glacier National Park. We’ve hiked this in everything from snow shoes (in June) to toe shoes (in August) depending on the month.
The trail is only 2.7 miles round trip, and the elevation gain is 540 feet, making it one of the easier hikes in the park. The views are breathtaking because your starting elevation is so high. All around, it’s the best bang for your buck so-to-speak if you’re looking for a shorter hike.
I love doing this hike early in the season before it gets extra crowded. Also the snow clinging to the peaks makes the view even grander.
Here we are at the overlook, and Hidden Lake is still partially frozen. Even though there’s still a lot of frozen tundra, signs of life are beginning to appear. In a couple of weeks the Glacier Lilies start blooming, and the meadows turn to gold with their bright color.
Many people coming to Glacier for the first time are shocked to discover there’s this much snow in July! I figure forewarned is forearmed, so don’t forget good footwear, and maybe even some Yak Traxs when you visit Glacier. I’ve seen people every year making their way up in flip flops. Obviously this alone is hard enough, but coming back down is almost impossible without some traction.
Early in the season, you’ll see parts of the boardwalk trail peeking out from the snow. By August the snow is gone, and it’s mostly boardwalk trail as you climb upwards toward the lake.
The views are simply stunning for such a short and easy hike. So despite the crowds I always recommend this one for sheer beauty alone. One other thing to note, is even though this is a relatively easy hike in Glacier, the altitude can make it seem a bit harder.
If you’re looking for more short hikes, be sure and check out my Top 3 Short Hikes in Glacier National Park for more inspiration!