Is there anything more disappointing than an awesome specimen of a mountain with a name that’s just downright lame? On the flip side, isn’t there something inherently satisfying when a badass mountain has a badass name too?
Glacier National Park is a hiker’s paradise, with the beauty and majesty of a view from a high mountain pass being many of the top hiking destinations.
Of course, the hikes up to renowned saddles like Swiftcurrent Pass or Pitamakan Pass are long and tough — being a strong hiker is a prerequisite to make it up while having a good time too.
What about folks that want an easy to moderate hike under 3 miles that will achieve a spectacular view of Glacier’s alpine peaks and lakes? Enter: Hidden Lake Pass.
Located a mere 1.5 miles uphill from the Logan Pass Visitor Center, the hike up to Hidden Lake Pass is a popular one. For experienced hikers it will seem crowded, but for the average Glacier visitor, it’s a great foray into the Rocky Mountain permafrost.
Clocking in at 2 miles round-trip and 400 feet of elevation change, the Potato Lake Trail is an easy hike to a beautiful backcountry lake.
Don’t let the name give you the wrong impression.
A hike on the Purgatory Flats Trail is anything but purgatory —unless you start sucking air due to the high elevation! If you are hanging out in and around Durango and gearing up to travel the absurdly scenic Highway 550, this is a fantastic option for a short, easy day hike.