Hidden Lakes

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Hidden Lakes Trail

Length: 5 miles

Duration: 2 hours 

Difficulty: Moderate

Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet 

Activities: Hiking, trail running, fishing, camping

Crowds: Moderate traffic

In the Gallatin Range lies a constellation of lakes, and all of their secrets, which can be found by you. Bring a fishing rod. Five of the lakes contain golden or rainbow trout (or both), and all enjoy the high-mountain air of a trail that begins above 8,000 feet. The trail is six miles roundtrip through forests and meadows, crossing streams and gaining 1,000 feet of elevation to the upper and largest hidden lake. 

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

For a map of this trail, click hereMap courtesy of Robert Stone's Day Hikes Around Bozeman, Montana

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