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My son and I did this hike on 10/8/2018 and hiked in the snow the entire way. Absolutely breathtaking views and easy walking for majority of trail. Two adult grizzlies on the trail within 75 yards about 1/2 mile before lake. Decided not to bump them, so we never actually made it to the lake, but well worth the minimal effort. Will complete this hike next time in GNP!

Beautiful trail! definitely would love to do it again.

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16 days ago

Loved this hike from start to finish ! One of my new favourites. Amazing views and fun features like the tunnel and cable section. I’m not sure why it’s rated as difficult. I’m a middle age moderately fit lady and I found it very doable. If you’re afraid of heights the cable section may be challenging but the ledge is definitely wide enough so you don’t have to look down. It’s easy to finish it in the window provided between ferry drop off and pick up as long as you don’t nap too long at Crypt Lake during your lunch break :). There were all ages on the trail that made it there and back. Definitely a must do hike !

Did this yesterday (Sept 28) and it was a nice, easy hike. Nice views of both falls on the way up and the light dusting of snow made the trees look even nicer. Went a bit around the lake, the low cloud cover obscured the views of the peaks surrounding the lake but was still beautiful. We were the first ones to the lake and it was very still and peaceful. No wildlife sightings. Walking through the burned out forrest for a large part of the hike gave this trail a different feel but you can already see the regrowth happening.

This was the highlight of our month of hiking and camping Montana! The hike around Lake Josephine is beautiful and flat but you will pay your dues in the last 2 miles which are an uphill grind. I made a video of the hike and my wife detailed her experience if anyone is interested: https://practicalvagabonds.com/grinnell-glacier/

Did this hike today (after Ptarmigan lake and tunnel). The views are spectacular and the lake is amazing. Saw a momma bear and her cubs near the lake. An easy hike all the way.

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21 days ago

Great hike. Had a grizzly bear with two cubs in there area , we got some great photos ( from a great distance). The snow was still melting creating some cool waterfall that were falling over the trail, definitely need to use some caution on this trail. be safe

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22 days ago

Did this hike on Sept 23. Only boat in was 10am, only boat back was 530. 15 min ride over/back. There were around 40-50 ppl on the boat and everyone made the 530 pickup. We did the Hell Roaring Falls side trip on the way back and were back to the dock by 450. 6 and 1/2 hrs round trip. I really enjoyed this hike, it has a bit of everything- boat ride, waterfalls (4), forrest, valley, ladder, tunnel, chain section and, of course, Crypt Lake. So glad to have had the chance to do this hike!!

This hike was gorgeous. Definitely worth the difficult rating, but absolutely worth it. We went with a group of 5 moderately fit 29 year olds at the end of September when only 1 ferry runs (10am and 530pm) and we didn’t miss the ferry back but there were a few others who were close to missing it. We spent around 30 minutes at Crypt Lake for lunch and took the extra Hell Roaring Falls trail back. Hiking poles were helpful on the way down, although not necessary. Definitely worth checking out but be ready for a solid workout and some sore glutes the next day!

Also: we had a dog with us and they did great. The trails and ridges weren’t too narrow but we did need to carry them up the ladder and through the tunnel so it would depend on the size of the dog (ours is ~30lbs).

Absolutely stunning !! It has river, lakes, views, glacier.. The hike, the views, the glacier lake with ice floating at the top! Take rain gear if chance of showers, it comes in quick. Lots of wildlife, we saw a moose coming up to thw beach where we swam in a lake to drink..

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24 days ago

Gorgeous!

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25 days ago

Hiked 9/4/18 via the 8:30 boat round-trip and ranger-led hike, about 7 miles. Perfect pace for this 69-yr-old from Alabama in moderate shape. Great scenery despite high clouds covering the mountain tops. We saw big-horn sheep and later a moose family by the upper lake.

Hiked Sept 6th . Started from Many Glacier Lodge at 9am, great beginning trail. Great mountain and lake views. Relativly easy for first 3.5 miles. Took way too much stuff ( planded for bad weather and such) could have reduced pack weight by 10 lbs. Took water filter - great for refill at the top, helped others refill as well. did not snack enough along the way to keep up the energy . The last 1.5 miles were trying to make me quit the climb but all the younger and older hikers passing us and urging us on got us to the top. Took 5 hrs to make it up. epic climb and made my whoe year ! Checked off the Bucket List !took 4 hrs to get down and missed the boat literly to catch the ride back to the lodge so walked the last 2 mils compleatly pooped. From Indiana we did not plan or prepare for shuch a climb but glad we did it. PS: our Iphone recorded 15 miles total. This is a must do climb.

Hiked 9/17. I'm not particularly athletic so I had doubts about being able to finish this trail (10 miles and uphill? Yikes) It was surprisingly easy, the incline is gradual and because you stop frequently to let people pass and admire the views you never get too tired. The only time I was out of breath was the steeper portion just before you reach the glacier which doesn't last long at all. It took us around 6 hours including a handful of short stops on the way up and a half hour break at the top. I'm from the northeast and have never seen anything as beautiful as what I've seen here.. With the fall colors, it was too much!! This one is a must. HIGHLY recommended. P.S. There are pit toilets a half mile before the top.

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25 days ago

It’s one of the most gorgeous hikes I’ve ever done! The views are spectacular the whole way up. Once we reached the top, there were a good amount of people there, so we kept walking along the water and the crowd died down. We went with a group of 6 people, 4 of us are more experienced hikers and it was a bit challenging at points but over all easier than expected. Our other 2 friends, who are not experienced, did find it pretty challenging, but with a good amount of breaks, we all made it up to the top together in about 3.5hrs. I HIGHLY recommend this hike.

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26 days ago

Hiked yesterday and it was gorgeous. Started around 10am and hardly anyone else on the trail. It was cloudy/misty out which helped because didn’t have to worry about sun. The Lake didn’t have any icebergs but large snow/ice pack surrounding that looked like a glacier. Very quit and peaceful at the lake. Took a detour and hiked to lake Ptarmigan made it about 13 miles total. Saw 3 grizzlies, 1 mom and 2 cubs on the hill near the end of the hike going back to the parking lot. The only downside is the drive to get to the trailhead- it was 2.5 hours in the car from The west entrance of the park. Totally worth it.

Excellent hike with amazing views

one of my favorite hikes of all time. spectacular views the entire way and the glacier lake and waterfalls are amazing.

Like are you even kidding me with these fall colors gosh DANG Montana

hiking
27 days ago

Iceberg lake is a fantastic way to see glaciers up close without much strain or challenge. The moderate difficulty rating is likely attributed due to exposure and distance, not incline. Expect a more leisurely hike compared to what other GNP trails (Highline, Grinnell) provide, but the difficulty to payoff ratio here is outstanding.

If you are a novice hiker, this is a great trail to calibrate your skills with GNP. Highly recommend doing this first as it will help you gauge your skills with some other trails.

There is a good amount of exposure throughout the hike, so be prepared for sun and rain depending on the forecast. Inclined in general are gradual with the exception of a quarter mile stretch early in the trail.

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27 days ago

Outstanding views the entire trail. Gives you nearly everything GNP has to offer including lakes, heights, wildlife, and glaciers.

Consistent, steady incline and sun exposure throughout most of the trail. While you don’t hear much about the sheer cliffs on this path, there are some points that may make those with a fear of heights a bit nervous. Prepare for a somewhat strenuous finish, but they payoff is very much worth it.

Would recommend bringing lunch to eat while overlooking the lake at the farthest point in the trail.

One of the best trails in one of the best parks.

Spectacular but not for the faint of heart (heights). Some narrow paths with steep drop offs but a nice steady easy gradient. Fabulous views. Take plenty of water. We saw one Grizzly Mum and 3 cubs on the way back down and another Black bear too. Lovely day. Highly recommend.

This is a steady climb all the way up with waterfalls on route. Most of the walk is through burnt forest (2017) but still spectacular and bears are easy to see. Once you arrive at the lake there is a 4 km walk around, if wanted. We were the first up today but passed 20 people approximately on the way down, but it is September. Could be busier in July/August. Take water ! Highly recommend.

Solid hike. Would consider other options given the crowd on this one

Place is dope. Expect a crowd

Amazing hike! We saw a grizzly bear about one mile in and later spotted three more (mom and two cubs), two moose, and a large ram. The hike is slightly strenuous, but worth it. It took our group of six about 5.5 hours in total.

Great views

Did the Iceburg Lake Trail today and it was amazing. The trail is long, but easy, and has beautiful scenery all along the way. A Park Volunteer along the trail mentioned there hasn’t been any bears along the trail for the past couple of years because of the effect the hot and dry summers has had on the huckleberry bushes. We did see a Grizzly and her two cubs from the road on our way out of the park

This might be my all time favorite hike. It’s mostly uphill and parts of it are steep, but the payoff is huge. The glacier and the glacial lake are some of the most stunning nature I’ve ever seen. Even better, you cross waterfalls, streams, and pass gem colored blue lakes on your way up. The views are magnificent. Highly recommend this hike.

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