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.

on Iceberg Lake Trail

hiking
19 days ago

Really love this hike, so many fantastic views and when you make it to the lake it really is a mountaintop experience. We were so glad to be able to have the lake to ourselves. There is such fantastic energy up there. We experienced great stillness and awe. Late September, early October is a fantastic time to go. Wear a lightly insulated jacket and the weather is perfect. We encountered maybe 6 people in the 6 hrs we were on the trail. (We took our time, spent a good amount of time at the top and also stopped to take a lot of photos along the way.) it’s true, it’s not s very hard hike, just long. The beginning part is steep but it’s not bad knowing that it doesn’t last very long... it did hurt a bit on the way back though! We didn’t see goats, sheep, bears, or moose, (even with our binoculars out every other clearing!) but we did encounter two friendly deer and a small flock of female grouse. Since there was no one else on the trail most of the time, we clapped our hands before we went around any of the sharp turns in the wooded areas. Nearby trails were closed due to bear activity. Take your bear spray and keep a keen eye out in this area while you are enjoying the views!

Beautiful, nice walk. Bring a picnic mat and hot chocolate / wine.

Possibly my favorite of all the lakes in Glacier. The hike isn't particularly hard, and offers great views throughout including a waterfall beside the trail. Iceberg Lake itself is beautiful, nestled under stadium like cliffs.

Beautiful views!

hiking
1 month ago

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.

It was cold. Wind was blowing hard. Not an ideal hike for this time of year. Still was beautiful though.

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.

hiking
2 months 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

hiking
2 months 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.

2 months ago

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

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

hiking
2 months ago

Busy hike, but an awesome hike. Uphill the entire way, but it's pretty gradual and not steep.

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked this trail in early July so a lot of people on the trail. The hike isn’t technical but recommend sturdy shoes as it’s also not flat. The scenery is beautiful and it’s worth the hike to end at the lake.

Camped at Elizabeth Lake and up over the pass. Got caught in a blizzard in late August on the pass but it was still worth it. Camped at poia lake which was stunning. Difficult few days but worth it!

Stood on an iceberg!

3 months ago

Great scenery throughout this hike. We did the ptarmigan tunnel trail in the morning and did this one in the afternoon from the split off. Nice way to do it as it was busy going up to the lake with everybody leaving, but very quiet at the lake itself as everybody had mostly left already. Great lake to jump in if you can take it (still not as cold as grinnell glacier lake!) with Crystal clear water and amazing icebergs to stand on and jump off! Great experience all round for the whole family.

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely stunning hike with a Great Lake at the end to take a dip. Only downsides were the bear sightings that caused the trail to become closed and a little too many people for my liking.

on Bowman Lake Trail

backpacking
3 months ago

A beautiful, quiet lake but the bugs are extremely bad. Huge flies and mosquitos infest this part of glacier and more than any other place I’ve stayed at. I’m a camper and normally not bothered by bugs, but these guys won’t leave you alone from morning to night.

If that doesn’t deter you, it’s definitely worth the trip out to this remote spot of the park. You can drive long, rocky road to get here or take a great backpacking trip.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this trail on 08/09 and it was on day 2 of being open after being closed due to bear activity. It was a beautiful hike up to the lake but keep in mind that on a sunny day, it can be kind of brutal because there is very little shade along the way. On our return, we ran into a pretty decent sized Grizzly right off the side of the trail so make sure to bring bear spray & make some noise! Worth it!

Fantastic views, babbling brooks, a powerful waterfall and Iceberg Lake is worth the trip. From the look of tracks in the snow around the lake, the wildlife loves to play in this spot, too.

backpacking
3 months ago

Day 1 we backpacked from Polebridge to Bowman Lake Campground. Very easy and flat 6 mile trek along Bowman Lake. Beautiful creek flowing through parts of the campsite and into the lake. Campground had plenty of spots for a refreshing swim, fishing and / or filtering water. There was a pit toilet in the campground.
Day 2 we backpacked from Bowman Lake to Brown Pass. Overall this was a difficult 7 mile hike. There were spots of thick overgrowth but the difficult part was the last 2 miles ---- 2000+ ft of elevation gain. We ate raspberries along the lower parts of the trail and there are incredible views as you get close to the top of the pass --- Be sure to stop and take it in! No water at the campsite but there were a few spots near the top / Brown Pass Campsite. Only a 2 mile trek to Hole in Wall from camp. Pit toilet located in the campground. Lot's of insects!
Day 3 we backpacked 13 miles from Brown Pass to Polebridge … We stopped for lunch at Bownman Lake campground.

Spectacular! Long but relatively easy after the first little bit. Saw several grizzly bears along the way.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. Nice views along the way. Iceberg lake itself is overhyped, but everything else made it worth it.

on Iceberg Lake Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Aug 1 - Awesome lake. Better view if you rest on the top of the boulder field and look back down. The floating glacier is hard enough that you can jump over. The Blouder field is the most confusing part as there aren't much markings around. Only way you know it's the path is the smaller gravel and flatter rocks.

hiking
3 months ago

Start Early! This is a great hike but much of it is exposed so it would be very hot to be walking uphill into the sun. I have hiked this twice on hot days but it was fine if you start around 9 am. The falls are a nice half way point and the flowers and icebergs are awesome.

hiking
3 months ago

Did this hike on 7/25. My boyfriend and I drove to Many Glacier to look around and on our drive decided to do this hike last minute. SUPER glad we did because it was amazing. As other reviews say it was definitely hard in the beginning. I have arthritis and asthma so it was pretty challenging for me but if I can do it, lots of others can too. It's a little longer of a hike than I usually do but it was fun, challenging, and the view at the end is worth it.
Theres a lake that has no icebergs before the actual Iceberg lake so don't be fooled, thats not it, keep going. The lake with no icebergs in it is super clear and blue. There is a small cliff with and easy ledge to get out of the lake. If we had our swimsuits we would have jumped in.
There was also a female and male moose near the top that made it extra special.

hiking
3 months ago

This was an absolutely gorgeous hike. The wildflowers were in bloom, and the surrounding mountains were gorgeous. Most of the trail is open to direct sunlight, so make sure to put on that sunscreen! There are also a lot of bugs on this trail, I would suggest bug spray as well. One thing I will say about our trail experience would be that there were an excessive number of people on the trail and at the lake. The hike itself is relatively easy, with slightly steep areas in the beginning of the hike. Keep bear spray at the ready, and make noise around blind curves so as not to startle a bear. We saw grizzlies from a distance. Iceberg Lake, situated in the shadows of the mountains, is worth this 10 mile round trip hike. The view is absolutely breathtaking!

It was our first hike of our 8 day trip. Great hike with a fantastic destination. Took our shoes off when we got there to put our feet in...SO COLD! It is important to start early if you want fewer people and more animals. We saw moose and bears and so many beautiful flowers. A must on the list. Pack bug spray and sunscreen the way back is full sun along the mountain side and the forest is had flies galore once you get close to noon and it warms up.

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