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.
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.
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.
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.
Pros: Dazzling vistas, wildlife (moose, bear, ground squirrels, birds), Iceberg Lake, waterfalls, wildflowers
Cons: Busy trail
Recommendation: Trekking poles, bear spray or bear bell
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.
Incredible views throughout the entire trail, but the lake at the end is truly spectacular!
Mary Anne F.
Relatively easy 10 miler R/T hike to one of the most awesome lakes perhaps anywhere.
Awesome hike with beautiful iceberg filled lake as a payoff. Usually crowded so start early. Better chance to see a bear if you start early
Easy hike with incredible views all the way up. At the end is a gorgeous lake at the edge of a subalpine meadow. We saw a momma grizzly and two cubs 50 feet above the trail munching away in (on) the vegetation only a mile or so from the trail head. This is apparently a pretty common sighting on this trail, so make plenty of noise and carry bear spray just in case. Don't assume the crowds will scare off the bears; we saw them during peak season in mid-August when the trail was very crowded. Once you've completed the hike, you'll get why so many people are on the trail.
Amazing payoff for a short and easy hike!
loved this trail! Use caution for bears. We saw a grizzle only 20 feet from the trail about 3 miles in. So beautiful and the payoff? Amazing! You better believe I took a drink from this magical lake.