|Trail Features:||Waterfalls, Forest hike|
|Trail Location:||Many Glacier Hotel Boat Dock|
|Roundtrip Length:||2.5 Miles|
|Total Elevation Gain:||250 Feet|
|Avg. Elev Gain / Mile:||200 Feet|
|Highest Elevation:||4990 Feet|
|Trail Difficulty Rating:||3.0 (easy)|
|Parking Lot Latitude||48.79667|
|Parking Lot Longitude||-113.65815|
The hike to Hidden Falls begins from the shoreline at the south end of the Many Glacier Hotel. However, you can shave 5 miles off your roundtrip hike by taking the two shuttle boats across Swiftcurrent Lake and Lake Josephine.
The following description for this hike to Hidden Falls begins from the boat dock at the Many Glacier Hotel. Please note that there is a fee to board the two boats.
The express boat shuttles hikers across Swiftcurrent Lake in about 8 minutes. From the landing on the south side of the lake you’ll take the paved trail over to Lake Josephine. This short 0.2-mile walk climbs about 80 feet before descending back down to the lake. From here you’ll board the Morning Eagle and take the 12-minute shuttle across Lake Josephine.
From the boat landing on the south end of Lake Josephine, hikers should take the trail that leads towards the right. In a very short distance you’ll reach the junction with the Grinnell Glacier Trail. Continue going straight here to reach Hidden Falls.
For most of its length the path travels through a quiet forest. Hikers will pass by a couple of small streams along the way, as well as several thimbleberry patches.
Roughly two-thirds of a mile from the boat dock you’ll reach a couple of pit toilets. Just beyond this location is a horse path and a hitching post. You should continue going straight at this juncture.
Less than a mile from the boat dock you’ll reach the suspension bridge over Cataract Creek. Crossing over the bridge eventually leads to Grinnell Lake. The short side trail that leads up to Hidden Falls is located here as well. Hikers should turn left at this junction.
The platform that overlooks Hidden Falls is only one-tenth of a mile beyond the junction. However, the trail makes a fairly steep ascent for a short distance before leveling out.
After viewing the 25-foot falls, "hidden" in a deep gorge created by Cataract Creek, hikers will still have the option of making the easy stroll over to Grinnell Lake. This would add only another half-mile to your total roundtrip hike.