Iceberg Lake Trail

MODERATE 103 reviews
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Iceberg Lake Trail is a 9.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near East Glacier Park, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until September.

DISTANCE
9.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1702 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

no dogs

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.

hiking
7 hours ago

Felt like four wonderful journeys packed into one. A trek through wildflowers, woods, along the rim of a valley and over snow to get to an ice covered Iceberg Lake. Well worth the journey with plenty of waterfalls and wildlife to see along the way.

hiking
2 days ago

Went on hike with Glacier Guides. Dre was awesome. She was very knowledgeable about the whole Glacier area. We had heard the icebergs were gone off Iceberg Lake, but to our surprise there were a few floating around. Glacier was one of my favorites places I have visited. We saw Grizzly sow with her 2 cubs and a moose on the Grinnell hike.

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3 days ago

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18 days ago

Very heavily trafficked trail but Iceberg Lake is beautiful! Some beautiful alpine meadows along the way

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Breathtaking! Make sure to bring PLENTY of water as it can be quite strenuous during the mid summer day.

hiking
1 month ago

Spectacular trail! Seeing the icebergs floating in August is amazing! Also saw moose and beautiful wild flowers.

hiking
2 months ago

The hike can be a bit strenuous if the temperature is warm. Carry plenty of water. Iceberg lake itself is incredible, especially if it still has plenty of ice in it.

2 months ago

Jumping in an icy lake=best mid-hike break ever

hiking
2 months ago

Such a beautiful hike. The lake is truly a treat. The granite wall behind it is equally as spectacular. We had a ranger stop us and have us wait for a larger group to walk with because there had been recent grizzle sighting in the trail. We did it early in the morning, so it was not too crowded. As the day went on we could tell the trail was becoming more crowded. Do not let the crowds discourage you. The hike is worth every step of the way. Beautiful cliffs, lots of wild flowers, loads of wildlife, and a ton of fun.

hiking
3 months ago

Truly fantastic and unique experience! We saw a Grizzly in the berry bushes. The lake is an astounding beauty. Don't forget to pack your bathing suits and jump in the lake - just joking. We did see people do that, and it seemed splashing fun. Despite the heavy traffic, it is without a doubt worthwhile.

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

What a great, and a must do! I hike it in early June 2016. It was raining non- stop, and cold, the best part we saw two other hikers. The terminus is awesome, with Vistas 360. Like I said it was raining when we started and snowing hard at the lake, in Glacier be prepared for vast temp drops and weather.

hiking
6 months ago

Pros: Dazzling vistas, wildlife (moose, bear, ground squirrels, birds), Iceberg Lake, waterfalls, wildflowers
Cons: Busy trail
Recommendation: Trekking poles, bear spray or bear bell

hiking
8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

Incredible views throughout the entire trail, but the lake at the end is truly spectacular!

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8 months ago

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8 months ago

Relatively easy 10 miler R/T hike to one of the most awesome lakes perhaps anywhere.