Hidden Lake

General location: Below the Logan Pass Visitor Center on the Going-to-the-Sun Road
Maps: USGS Glacier National Park; Montana Atlas and Gazetteer, p.84
Fishing species: Yellowstone cutthroat trout
Special restrictions: Fish caught in Hidden Lake and the outlet must be released. Hidden Lake is closed to fishing during spawning season.
Driving the Going-to-the-Sun Road to the Logan Pass Visitor Center is similar in popularity to driving to Yellowstone’s Old Faithful. In truth, I join the masses each time on the boardwalk-guided tour, as it is breathtaking in beauty and offers great photo opps for mountain goats and people. Be advised, however, that the parking lot at Logan Pass Visitor Center often fills during July and August. Plan on arriving early in the day if you want to take the three-mile hike down to Hidden Lake, one of the highest lakes at 6,375 feet elevation. It is a moderately difficult trail that receives a great number of visitors and anglers each year. For that reason, the lake is restricted to catch-and-release. The lake does provide some good opportunities for casting to large Yellowstone cutthroat trout. Bear in mind that this is grizzly country.