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Iceberg Lake Trail [CLOSED] is a 9.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Babb, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October.

Length 9.3 mi Elevation gain 1,450 ft Route type Out & Back
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This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. 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.

Parking is generally plentiful at the trailhead and at the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn, which is only about 50 yards away. The Inn has restrooms and a restaurant.

Enter Glacier National Park via Many Glacier Road, off US89 in Babb, MT. The Swiftcurrent Motor Inn is at the end of the road.

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Jackson Brooks
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One of my favorite hikes. The destination is beautiful and unique, but my favorite part is the view of the valley on the way up.

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Emily Holguin
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Is there any way to access this from the west entrance? Since it seems that the East entrance is closed.

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Bryana :)
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Easy and Beautiful

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Ryan Cleland
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Completed July 2 2018 Another amazing GNP trail. Their is no part of the hike that is difficult or strenuous. For those needing a bathroom rest stop, about half way in there are pit toilets. In early July, there was still lots of snow fields at the top. Keep a look out for pink “watermelon” snow. Smells just like watermelons. Make sure to bring a jacket. While the hike up was a reasonable temperature, when at the lake shore, the cold air and wind made it very chilly. There is not many places to sit and a lot of people there at the shore. Included in my group was our 8 year old who make the trip without much complaining.

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Jennifer Niles
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Amazing! Beautiful hike the entire way. The pay off is worth it.

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Victoria Nguyen
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Completed on sept 10, 2018 Amazing hike with a gorgeous ending at iceberg lake. Luckily this trail had been closed for increase bear activity for months and opened back up during my trip there. Saw moose and tons of wild life on the way

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Brian Rouse
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Breathtaking views 85% of the hike. Saw 2 grizzlies and a herd of big horn all in the first mile of the hike. My second trip I saw two moose and more sheep. Bring plenty of camera battery, you’ll need it.

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Natalie C
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The lake was everything I expected it to be, since I’ve seen so many photos of it, but the hike itself was absolutely gorgeous. The beginning is a little steep for a few minutes, and might make you out of breath since it’s the very early incline. The rest of the hike is mostly flat and easy. I’m glad we went early and enjoyed the lake and trail with only a small handful of people, as when we were returning, we passed loads of other hikers. Completed this hike July 14, 2019.

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Aileen Wolfe
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Absolutely stunning!

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Jeff Doroh
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Beautiful hike with great views throughout! Nice big waterfall about halfway and well worth the end when you turn the corner and see the lake!!

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Naviga Damrongnawin
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The trail was nice and easy. The weather there was unpredictable so you need all kind of clothes. It started with a great view on the side, the mountain like a wall in front and ending the trail with blue lake.

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Joseph Domeier
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Excellent trail to hike. Great views. Saw two one year old grizzlies gorging on berries near the lake. They were only 20 feet from the trail so we had to go around them. Also saw a bull moose relaxing in the brush maybe 15 feet off the trail. Better bring bear spray on this hike. The elevation was very gradual so I thought it was a bit less than moderate. I would definitely do this hike again!

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Kelly Dunlop
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Hiked this trail today and enjoyed it but disagree with the moderate rating. I am not in fantastic shape and found it to be quite easy. It took us two hours to reach the lake, which was a beautiful blue/green, but sadly there were no icebergs. I guess you have to go earlier in the season to see icebergs. No wildlife on the trail today aside from a few chipmunks. Since it was easier than we anticipated we had plenty of time left in the day and we decided to hike to Ptarmigan Tunnel as well. It is a bit steeper, but the views on the other side of the tunnel were spectacular!

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Clisby White
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Was there last summer back in June, I believe. Couldn't resist swimming out and climbing on to one of the floating iceburgs. The water was absolutely freezing, as expected, but it was a definitely a refreshing cool down.

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Zak Abreu
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Did this Hike on a Clear sunny Day very Beautiful.

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Kathy P
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Enjoyed the hike on this cloudy, windy day. We did the tunnel last visit, so decided to do the lake and was not disappointed. We had lunch when we reached the lake (take the less traveled path to the right when walking down to the lake to avoid crowds). We saw the lone duck, a goat (up high), and a buck moose when we were leaving the lake, heading back. Great views...moderate-to-easy hike in my opinion.

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Terry Mertens
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This was a great day hike, taking the estimated 6 hours or so from start to finish. We left around 8:30am on a Sunday morning and the trail was relatively empty most of the way. We were actually surprised how few people we saw along the way compared to some of the more heavily trafficked trails. Also didn’t see much wildlife...just a duck up in the lake itself and a few squirrels. Made plenty of noises up and down, as this trail is supposedly an A+ rated grizzly bear favorite. As hard as we looked, we saw little more than bent brush here and there..:evidence that something had been through at some point. After the first 10 minutes of climbing stairs and steeper graded paths, it levels off and becomes a much easier grade most of the way up. Beautiful views all the way. Lots of forest paths opening up to vast mountain views, waterfalls, and lush overgrowth. A truly gorgeous trail. The lake at the top itself was a tranquil midday treat. No icebergs this late in the season, but a super pleasant place to chill for an hour, enjoy lunch, and take in nature’s grandeur. We’d done the Grinnell Glacier Trail the day prior, and this trail felt like a mini version of that...less difficult and a little shorter with far fewer people and a surprisingly pleasant pay-off at the end. It does lack a little of the “wow” factor since Grinnell feels like a bigger deal when you’re there, but this trail was nearly as rewarding and much easier to enjoy. No issues with heights on this one, just a general anxiety about bear encounters. But with a can in hand we forged confidently through and had nary an issue aside from a brief threat of rain. Overall, an excellent, moderately challenging hike!

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Aviva Vincent
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Took our time and made it a full day hike. Could be done in 4.5-6.5 hours. The view was worth every step to get there. High trafficked path. Parking was easy. We could see Bears and goats way off in the distance- thankfully not on the path. Truly breathtaking views.

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Katie Falcioni
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Great trail. Didn’t get to see any bear but saw some mountain goats and deer!

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Alex Davis
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It was pretty cloudy today but we had a really good time hiking both of these trails. The tunnel was fantastic but it was very very foggy at the top. We would definitely recommend that you do this when it’s nice out but it’s still an exciting hike if you do it in overcast weather.

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Julia P.
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Wonderful lake, able to find a segment on the rocky beach just to ourselves to take a quick nap. Definitely a more crowded trail we experienced in the park, felt about the same as the highline. Hiked in the afternoon after Ptarmigan Tunnel.

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Danielle D
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Our favorite hike in the park! (though of course we did not do them all!) - view at the end is well worth the long hike!

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Ryan Z
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amazing hike. must do while in glacier. had some grizzly bear scares early on in the trail. a momma and her cub crossed the trail down the hill. we were sure to make noise and have bear spray ready. the view at the lake was breathtaking. dont forget to stick your feet in the water!!

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Madhusudhan Krishnamachari
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Amazing trail to a beautiful lake! We hiked from the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn parking lot to the lake and back in about 4.5 hours including a 30 min stop at the lake and 10 min stop at Ptarmigan Falls. We encountered a couple of grizzly cubs 10ft away from us, around a mile into the hike. This is prime grizzly country so make sure to make a lot of noise and carry bear spray! Hiking in groups of 3 or more is recommended.

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Maggie Johnson
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Highly recommend this hike. Got to the swift motor inn parking lot at 8:45am on a Friday and there was plenty of parking. There was previous grizzly activity during the week on the trail but we did not see any. Lots of raspberries along the way. Lake was beautiful - no ice in it at this time of the year but was still an incredible sight. Lots of sun on the trail midday on our way back. More trafficked on our way back but nothing unexpected.

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Joe Rizzo
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Beautiful hike that ends in solitude of the lake. I saw moose on the hike. Highly recommend.

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Rebeca Kerr
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Just gorgeous! We saw a moose and a grizzly bear. Took us a total of 5 hrs, including 30 mins by the lake.

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David Stewart
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We went on 8/26, started around 7:30. It was a great hike, beautiful views, iceberg lake was gorgeous. We saw 6 moose. Go early, we were one of the first 10 on the trail, on the way down we passed over 300 people.

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nick prafke
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Great hike, right up there with grinell glacier. Only real tough part is the first half mile or so but then it levels out and is fairly easy. The top of the hike is absolutely beautiful.

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