The Hidden Lake Trail
Glacier National Park, Montana
Hidden Lake Trail Hike Route
(highlighted in Yellow)
Fields of Wildflowers along the Hidden Lake Trail
The trail gradually gains about 500-feet of elevation over the first 1.5 miles. While most of the trail was clear of snow, even in late August there were still a few snow covered spots remaining along the trail.
The Hidden Lake Trail crossing a patch of snow
Amy took advantage of the snow to whack me on the back of the head with a snowball!
Amy making an August Snowball
Despite the snow on the ground it was turning into a rather warm day even in these high elevations. It didn't take long before the jackets came off and the pant legs were unzipped!
Unzipping my pant legs
I was a little bummed because my zoom lens was acting up. As a result I went with the wide-angle lens for this hike. There were mountain goats all around the area and that zoom lens would have been much better for capturing the wildlife.
Towards the center of this next shot, you can see a mountain goat roaming around the mountainside (you might have to click to enlarge). This is as close as I could get with the wide angle lens.
Can you spot the Mountain Goat?
As the hike leveled out a bit,we passed by a small cluster of trees and brush. Hanging out in the shade of the trees just about 10-feet from the trail was a Mountain Goat. Even my wide-angle lens could capture this guy!
Mountain Goat hanging out along side the trail
The view of Hidden Lake was nice, but I would have really liked to continue on all the way. However, we respected the posted trail closure and returned back the way we came.
View of Hidden Lake
(the trail was closed due to Bear Activity beyond this point)
Here are a few more photos from our hike on the Hidden Lake Trail:
The trail passes along side several small and shallow ponds
Fields of Wildflowers
Hiking back down to the parking area
This last shot is fairly unimpressive and almost ended up straight in the deleted files. However, I spotted something that I didn't see when I took the photo. I believe it's a ground hog. Can you spot him?
Can you spot the Ground Hog?