Hidden Lakes

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Hidden Lakes Trail


Length:
6 miles (round-trip)

Duration: 3.5 hours 

Difficulty: Moderate

Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet 

Activities: Hiking, trail running, fishing, camping

Crowds: Moderate traffic
 

About
High up in the Gallatin Range lies a constellation of lakes, 5 of which hold golden and rainbow trout (or both.) The high-mountain air of a trail that begins above 8,000 feet makes this hike particularly enjoyable. The trail meanders through forests and meadows, crossing streams and gaining 1,200 feet of elevation to the upper and largest hidden lake.The road to the trailhead is rough but passable if driven slowly and in a vehicle with decent clearance. Carry bear spray and bug repellant. 

Seasonal Conditions
This is a great trail on a hot day, with plenty of options for a dip. The area holds onto snow for a while, especially after wet winters; expect to find snowfields into July or later. The road isn't passable in the winter.  

Directions
From Bozeman, take Hwy. 191 south through Gallatin Canyon. Take a left at Portal Creek Rd., between mile markers 54 and 53, and drive 4 miles up the drainage until you reach a fork in the road. Veer right and continue approximately 2 miles to the Hidden Lakes trailhead at the end of the road.

Robert Stone's Hidden Lakes Map

Map courtesy of Robert Stone's Day Hikes Around Bozeman, Montana

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