Explore the most popular beach trails in Glacier National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Rox!

Great hike! The water is very cold, so don’t plan on swimming! Worth the trek!

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing hike! We hiked this in September 2017, the trail is easy to follow and offers spectacular views the entire time. It passes through dense forest and open valleys, waterfalls and great views of the glaciers. We started early in the day and only saw 2 other hikers. Bring lots of water and a sandwich and snacks. Carry bear spray. The trail passes through prime grizzly habitat, so make lots of noise. The views of Iceberg Lake are amazing and there is another lake right before Iceberg Lake that is stunning as well.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. A fairly easy trail with spectacular views. Was there at end of August 2017 , was a bit warm but not bad. Still had plenty of icebergs to see and water was beautiful, would love to take the Oru Kayak up sometime . Take plenty of water First half of hike more in the trees so more blind corners on the trail , just keep talking , leave the bell at home .

backpacking
4 months ago

First few days of August my brothers and I did Redgap Pass to POIA. The trail up to POIA is pretty heavily wooded, passing a shallow marshy lake. Right off the bat we came into contact with a bull elk that moved off through the bush. This section of the trail had an unreal amount of scat on the trail that wasn't bear other wild animals. When we made it to camp we realized that another camper had pack llamas, which was where all the scat came from. Stick your head right through the bushes at tent site and you have incredible views of POIA lake and the valley. Next day was from POIA over Redgap Pass and back to Helen Lake, a little over 15 miles. You will definitely earn it on the way up to Redgap. Also take note that there was only 1 legitimate fill up for water about halfway up from a small waterfall. The views of Elizabeth lake, Crowfoot Mountain, and the Ahern Glacier were incredible from atop Redgap Pass. Second night was at Helen Lake, definitely the most dramatic views from camp. Third night was at Elizabeth lake which was the nicest campground setup we saw. Ample "tree benches" and food prep area. All of the campgrounds had an outhouse. We did not see any bear on the trip but we did see another cow elk near Helen Lake, and then a large bull moose at Elizabeth campground. We exited out through the Ptarmigan tunnel.

Amazing! There were still icebergs in the lake in August

hiking
5 months ago

Loved Iceberg Lake trail! The trail is long but not extremely difficult. Through binoculars, we saw a mother grizzly bear and her two cubs climbing the mountain across the ravine. Luckily we were a safe enough distance away. Once we got to the lake, we climbed on the icebergs and walked across. Very busy but very beautiful.

Went mid-September. There was snow on the trail but no icebergs in the lake. Still spectacular.

hiking
6 months ago

We’ll maintain trail - moderate rated due to length no bouldering or severe pitches to hike. Views are amazing start to finish.

hiking
7 months ago

The most picturesque hike I have done in a while. It was a rainy hike but the sight of pristine cobalt blue water lake, fall colors along the way, and the fact there there's no one at the lake made is worth 10 mile out and back hike. We heard from few folks and park ranger that this lake is a bear heaven but thankfully we didn't have to use our bear spray. Gradual incline makes it easier to soak in the view - bunch of glaciers and a water fall. I highly recommend this hike if you are visiting Glacier National Park. The only sad part was that we had to drive 2 hours to get to the trail head because of the going to the sun road closure due to forest fire, but as I said it was so worth the effort.

hiking
7 months ago

Terrific day hike. Elevation is so drawn out that you barely notice you've climbed 1,700 feet. Very high traffic on this trail but probably the easiest way to feel like you're getting in some alpine hiking at GNP without tackling some difficult terrain. Photo opportunities at every turn on this hike. Keep an eye open for bears in the valley below, and big horn sheep and mountain goats on the outcroppings above.

backpacking
7 months ago

My buddy and I hiked out to the Bowman Lake campground. This is an enjoyable 7 miles out w/ minimal elevation, great for getting your hiking legs under you prior to tackling some of glaciers more intense trails. It's almost all green tunnel, with a few nice views over Bowman Lake looking up at the Continental Divide. Excellent beginner trail but pales in comparison to the rest of what Glacier has to offer.

Great hike. Not hard. Lots of flats. Beautiful views and lake. Saw goats on the hillside otw up.

high traffic, park behind the Swift River Motor Inn, so worth the pain, great paths, outhouse, halfway and at the top, so majestic, bears, mountain goats and sheep, moose!!

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked this spur after hiking up the the Ptarmigan Tunnel. Logged 16.4 miles. Five of us think this was the better route, get the tunnel climb before the lake. The views from both are amazing! The "people pollution" was minimal at the lake. Even enjoyed watching a Moose chilling in the water.

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked this trail from Fishers Creek Campground up to the Backcountry Campground. There were many trees down across the trail. Views were okay. Good lake views. Not a very heavy traveled trail.

backpacking
8 months ago

Hiked from Bowman Lake front-country campgrounds to Bowman Lake backcountry campgrounds on the first day. The trail was flat but nice along the water and took a little under three hours. The campground was just along the lake and great for relaxing.

On the second day of our trip, we hiked from Bowman Lake campground to Brown Pass -- about another three hours but the last 2/3 of a mile was difficult. That said, that part offered incredible wildfires and great views as it was more exposed. There is a water source about 1/4 mile in either direction of the Brown Pass campground.

Our third day, we hiked all the way from Brown Pass back to the front country. It was a bit of a slog but it was all downhill/flat so made for fast hiking. We did see lots of frogs on the way back.

hiking
8 months ago

Solid hike. When the trail splits for Ptarmigan Tunnel and Iceberg, it's a consistent 2mile uphill that is definitely doable. Did Ptarmigan tunnel trail in the morning then Iceberg once I made it back down, crowds moved in by that time but warm enough to take a dip in the frosty waters. Highly recommend it!

hiking
8 months ago

By far one of the best trails I've been on. About half way to the lake, you come across a waterfall and creek area. It's a good spot to take a break. The lake itself is incredible and worth the hike. We spotted two grizzlies on our way back with one actually on the trail about 30 meters from us.

hiking
8 months ago

Completed hike on 8/15/17. Gorgeous day, clear blue skies and amazing views the entire time. Streams, falls, lakes and the amazing icebergs. We even saw two grizzly bears at the lake. One walked right down to the water near a somewhat crowded beach while the other called it back to shore. No threat to us - everyone kept a safe distance. One of my favorite hikes! Only reason I give it four stars is because I didn't see a moose! :D

on Iceberg Lake Trail

hiking
8 months ago

Our favorite day hike of the week in GNP. Spectacular views throughout the whole day. We saw goat at 50 yards, sage grouse 10 yards, and a grizzly at about 75 yards (it had just walked up the trail from the opposite direction just 2 minutes from the trailhead). Wildflowers were on the wane according to the rangers, but still seemed amazing to us.
The lake views are well worth the effort to get there. If it is warm, bring your towel and brave the water.

8 months ago

We took our kids 8 and 11 on this trail and they both said it was their favorite one we did. Although I think they could have made it to the lake, we opted to turn around at Ptarmigan Falls so that it wasn't too much for them. We had a nice picnic at the falls and stuck our feet in the water. Nice views. Many reports of grizzly bears that day but we didn't encounter them.

hiking
8 months ago

Super fun trail with great scenery the entire hike. We saw a deer during our hike and some bear poop but no bear. Bring sunscreen and lots of water. Definitely worth the hike the lake is absolutely breathtaking.

8/4/17. We were limited on time, so we did to Poia Lake and back out. 12.8 mile round trip. Poia lake is stunning with a small waterfall 250 yards past the campsite. Bear Scat seen along trail throughout the trail. Nice food prep area, an outhouse, and four level campsites. Would love to go back and do the entire pass, but this little hike was great.

Completely worth it! Well trafficked, saw animals, just missed a couple bears. The lake is an awesome site. My almost 6 year old made it, it was a long day but a memory forever.

hiking
8 months ago

A+ for Moose viewing too! Saw two bulls. Beautiful lake, Worth it, and not really too difficult of a trail.

Nice trail but very few shaded areas. You have to start of near Fish Camp Campgrounds and head to Rocky Point Trail and then the trail splits. They are marked but the posts on some markers have been knocked down. Trail starts off with some elevation gain and slowly brings you down to water level about 1.5 miles in. It was ultra hot today so we didn't bother to go further without shade. We turned back to Rocky Point for shad and crisp cool water. We did score some huckleberries thought.

hiking
8 months ago

The lake itself was beautiful. The trail was largely nondescript​ in that it did not have the wide open views of some of the other trails (such as Grinnell Glacier). On the other hand, it was a fairly easy ten miler - not a lot of incline. It was also relatively quiet in terms of other hikers. Which is probably why we were able to see elk, a moose, and a grizzly bear with her two cubs. Highly recommend!

hiking
8 months ago

Path is well maintained and not too hard. Unbelievable scenery. When I went through lake was frozen over which made for a unique experience.

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