Iceberg Lake Trail

MODERATE 176 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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3 days 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.

3 days ago

Awesome!

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3 days 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

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5 days 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.

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11 days 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.

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12 days 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.

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13 days ago

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.

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14 days ago

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

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15 days ago