Hidden Lake and Mountain Goat

Glacier National Park has many beautiful locations to view and enjoy when visiting, including the short hike up to Hidden Lake overlook. It’s one of the most crowded trails within the park, but is one that must not be missed, as the views are some of the best you’ll get when visiting Glacier NP.

And the image below is an example of when preparation meets luck, you can create something special.

The option to hike the remaining trail down to the lake was closed because of bear activities near the water, since the trout were spawning and several bears were in the area feeding. However, that fact ended up being a great benefit, since we stayed probably longer than we would of at the overlook with binoculars in hand scanning the lake to try and see a bear (and also because I went on a small side hike to photograph a few big horned sheep … images to come shortly). And just as we were about to leave, a mountain goat strolled into the area, walked around a bit and then stopped at the edge of the cliff looking down to Hidden Lake and Bearhat Mountain. It just stood there for a handful of seconds, right in front of us, as if it was soaking up the amazing view. All my camera settings were already set as I had been photographing the scene without the mountain goat for several minutes before. I was able to snap a few frames, including the image below, before it headed down the mountain side.


Hidden Lake and Mountain Goat | © Jay Moore Photography

Hiking Insight: This is a very popular trail and is considered a somewhat easier hike within GNP, as it’s roughly 3 miles round trip to the overlook with an elevation gain of about 480 feet. This is also a great hike to combine with another smaller hike that can be taken in the afternoon, such as Avalanche Lake near Lake McDonald (see previous post).

Research Insight: We wore out both Vicky Spring’s book (Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park: A Complete Recreation Guide) and our iphone App (HIKE – Glacier National Park) and I highly suggest purchasing them both before your visit.

Print Purchase: If you’re interested in purchasing a photographic print, the image above (and all images posted on my blog) are available in all sizes. Please email be directly through the ‘contact Jay’ link located at the top of the page.

One Response

  1. jeff

    Dude, where am I?

    August 20, 2012 at 11:13 pm

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