Going to the Sun Road & Hidden Lake Overlook
If you're visiting Glacier National Park, it would be hard to miss the Going to the Sun Road. This road is the main and only that takes across the interior of the park. And it's stunning. My friend and I woke up early after staying the night in Kalispell, Montana, to hopefully, quickly drive across the park to procure a campsite on the East side. The drive was so beautiful, we couldn't help ourselves but to stop several times. The Lonely Planet guidebook has a great, brief driving tour.
About halfway, you'll reach Logan Pass, complete with a large visitor's center. One of the park's most popular hikes starts at Logan Pass, the Hidden Lake Overlook Trail. It's listed as an easy hike, just a few miles. One blog I read said, "it's so easy, your grandma and her walker could do it." I beg to differ...maybe it's because I was pretty sore from the Grinnell Glacier hike the day before, but there were a lot of stairs on this hike.
Most of the trail is a raised boardwalk and stairs, first across a valley and then quickly ascends. It was packed with tourists since it's a convenient location for those that aren't coming in to camp and it's *fairly* easy.
This is also a good hike to see mountain goats. There were a bunch hanging around the overlook at the top of the hike. You might notice collars around their necks, a guide mentioned this was for a study to track them. We also had an encounter with a hoary marmot, that I was initially scared that it was a honey badger.
If you're up to it, you can continue on down to Hidden Lake, but it looked steep. And remember, you'll have to climb back up!
Also, it was quite windy and cold at the Logan Pass visitor center. But once we got on the hike, it was warm, sheltered from the windy, and we shed our jackets.