Iceberg Lake Trail

MODERATE 213 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.

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9 hours 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.

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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.

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

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