Iceberg Lake Trail is a 9.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near East Glacier Park, MT that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from June until September.
The trailhead is behind the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn in the Many Glacier section of Glacier National Park. At the very beginning, there is a section about .1 mile in length that climbs about 250'. It is the only steep section on the trail, but be ready for it on the return! Those with bad knees will find it a brief challenge. Most of the climb and return are easy-moderate. Most of the trail passes through open terrain, with most of the forested spots in the middle of the hike. At 2.8 miles, just past Ptarmigan Falls, there is a trail junction for the Ptarmigan Trail. The falls are a great place for a reast stop, and there is an outhouse just off the trail, right before you get there. Views are panoramic for most of the route. The trail ends at a lake called Iceberg Lake, named bfor the icebergs that float in the the lake all year (the lake is in the shadows of Mt. Wilbur and gets very little sun, so the water remains cold). The water is bearable for brief step-ins, and some of the icebergs are big enough to stand on. The trail is "rated A+ for grizzly viewing", but the presence of bears cannot be guaranteed. Having said that, the trail and/or adjacent areas are often closed for short periods due to bear activity.
Pros: Dazzling vistas, wildlife (moose, bear, ground squirrels, birds), Iceberg Lake, waterfalls, wildflowers
Cons: Busy trail
Recommendation: Trekking poles, bear spray or bear bell
Somewhat strenuous with a couple of switchbacks. Saw a fair amount of wildlife (mountain goats, woodpeckers), moose and grizzly tracks. Ice burg lake is definitely worth the hike- absolutely stunning.
Incredible views throughout the entire trail, but the lake at the end is truly spectacular!
Mary Anne F.
Relatively easy 10 miler R/T hike to one of the most awesome lakes perhaps anywhere.
Awesome hike with beautiful iceberg filled lake as a payoff. Usually crowded so start early. Better chance to see a bear if you start early
Easy hike with incredible views all the way up. At the end is a gorgeous lake at the edge of a subalpine meadow. We saw a momma grizzly and two cubs 50 feet above the trail munching away in (on) the vegetation only a mile or so from the trail head. This is apparently a pretty common sighting on this trail, so make plenty of noise and carry bear spray just in case. Don't assume the crowds will scare off the bears; we saw them during peak season in mid-August when the trail was very crowded. Once you've completed the hike, you'll get why so many people are on the trail.
Amazing payoff for a short and easy hike!
loved this trail! Use caution for bears. We saw a grizzle only 20 feet from the trail about 3 miles in. So beautiful and the payoff? Amazing! You better believe I took a drink from this magical lake.
This is another well-trafficked trail to a beautiful lake with remnants of its glacier. We saw big horn sheep, and we heard of a number of bears in the early morning. The first little bit is steep, but it levels out quickly. (I did it 7 months pregnant.) this is a must do hike from Many Glacier.
Don't recommend doing it with a full 20-30lb pack like I did. Great path but it's definitely 10 miles just so you know going into it. Sometimes strenuous and takes time. Very crowded. Weather changes fast. Many creeks to filter your own water. Bring bear spray. Bear bells not a bad idea too, saw plenty of people that had them
Spectacular hike. Stunning views. Lake was beautiful but there is so much more to see on this gem. Considering there was a Momma Griz and Cub sighting yesterday, I didn't mind sharing the trail with plenty of people. There weren't too may traffic jams. I hiked it with my 16, 12 and 11 year old kids and they made it fine. I don't recommend this hike for people with young kids. Was stunned to see 3-5 year old children being dragged and crying down the path.
Very crowded hike. Nice easy grade for 5 miles. Lake was beautiful and amazing (and crowded). We saw a grizzly and her 2 cubs on the 2nd mile of the hike. Had a great lunch at swift current motor inn.
One of the best hikes I've been on. Amazing views the whole way, with minimal elevation gain. We hiked through snow in late June, but even that was tolerable. It does get crowded at the lake, but there's plenty of room to sit and enjoy.
Best hike that we went on during our time in Glacier! It's long, but very minimal elevation gain, so it's not too strenuous. Amazing views all the way to the lake and lots of foot traffic to keep bears away from the trail. I highly recommend taking a dip in the lake as well! My boyfriend and I jumped in for a little polar bear plunge and it was so refreshing! Definitely a must do hike in Glacier.