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Fees: free once you are in the park
Great Hike with free but difficult parking at Logan Pass visitor center
The Hidden Lake Hike in Glacier is a great trail with opportunities to see a wide variety of what Glacier has to offer. Even in summer months, you will most likely be hiking through large sections of snow covered trail, so wear good hiking shoes if you have them. A number of people were doing this hike in regular street shoes, some with more success than others. I saw plenty of people seated in the snow after taking a little tumble.
You will most likely park at the Logan Pass visitor center to start this Hike. I wish you good luck finding parking here! The off months might be easier to get a space, but during the busy summer months, I had to attempt numerous times to get a space in this Lot! I would suggest going as early as you can, or maybe try late, or take the Glacier shuttle service.
Once you get here, the trail head is out the back side if the visitors center. It's a fairly straight run to the Hidden Lake look out point, mostly at a slight uphill grade. Keep your eyes peeled off into the distance, especially shortly after you get on this trail towards the right side down in the valley off to the side. There were a few Grizzly bears walking around that area, and I would have never seen them my self if it wasn't for the crowd of people all looking and pointing towards that area.Good luck spotting the bear in the 3rd image, you need to really look when hiking to find them
Lets have some fun. Try the "Spot The Grizzly" challenge I set up below. Check out the image, it is the same as the 3rd image above. There is a Grizzly bear roaming through that beautiful scenery. This is why it can be very challenging to see them when you are in the park. Look at the image, then double click to zoom in, see if you can spot Mr. Grizzly. If not, double click again to get even closer, got him yet.? No, double click once again to have him zoomed and centered. There he is.! Double click again to reset the zoom factor.
A little farther up the trail, you will most likely see Mountain goats off in the distance, and very close to the trail. Some were literally right off the side, almost within arms reach! After about a mile and a half, the Hidden lake lookout will come into view. The scenery is incredible up here. There will be snow capped mountains just about everywhere you look, and a beautiful glacier lake down at the bottom.Many mountain goats to look at around here
There is a trail that allows you to hike down to the actual lake, but chances are it will be closed due to "bear activity", like it was when I was here. I looked all around the edges of that lake through my telephoto lens and couldn't spot a single one of the supposed bears, but If the park has signs up closing down a trail , obey them. You do not want to run into a hungry Grizzly.!Numerous signs will inform you about bear activity
The total trail was only a little over 3 miles. My logged time was over 3 hours. The hike could easily be done faster, but I am usually stopping frequently to take photos, moving a little slower in general due to the extra camera gear, and why would I want to hurry through an area like this.! The snow also makes you move a little slower. At least for me. I grew up in fairly warm weather locations and have only set foot on snow a few times in my life.A few extra photos from the Hike
If you are making a stop in Glacier NP, I would definitely check out the Hidden Lake Overlook trail at the Logan Pass Visitors Center. Make a stop in the gift store when you are done too and grab one of those little $1 Park tokens or hiking stick pin to commemorate your trip here, they are fun to collect and give you something to spark a flash back to your trip here anytime you look at them when you are back home.Thanks for Reading
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