Iceberg Lake Trail

MODERATE 533 reviews
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Iceberg Lake Trail is a 9.3 mile moderately 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, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until September.

Distance: 9.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,450 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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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14 hours ago

We hit this trailhead by 7:30am Saturday morning (Aug 17), plenty of time to beat the rush. We fully expected to see some bears due to the other reviews we read, but the only large wildlife we saw was a moose lying down at the tree line about halfway through, and four mountain sheep on the cliffs overlooking the lake. It took us just under 5 hours to complete the out-and-back hike, including a 45 minute rest on the lakeshore. The only strenuous part of the hike would be the first half mile of the hike. Otherwise, most elevation gain was pretty gradual. The varying scenery was absolutely beautiful, and we didn’t hit any crowds until about halfway on our way back. An absolutely stunning lake, worth the trek!

hiking
1 day ago

I would like to be a Park Ranger in this beautiful national park—Glacier! We hiked yesterday (08.17.19). It seems the weather is not cooperating when we get to Canada-US boarder at around 9 AM, it was raining a bit hard. Then weather suddenly changed to foggy and gloomy on our way to trailhead. The first 45 minutes hike is ascent challenge. As we go along, it opens up majestic vista where Mt Wilbur can be seen at far distance. Mt Wilbur and the lake in-one is fantastic ala paradise! It’s a beautiful moderate trail which we loved and enjoyed the sceneries.

hiking
1 day ago

Did this hike back at the beginning of august. Go! just be aware this is a bear heavy area with lots of blind corners on the trail so make some noise.

hiking
2 days ago

My wife and I did this trail in mid August with our 10-year old son and 7-year old daughter and we all loved it. Round-trip took about 5 hours and we saw two moose but no bears. We both wore trail runners and they worked, but we agreed we should’ve opted for boots! Climb is not too bad and the scenery is breathtaking. We started the hike around 11am and the trailhead was packed with cars, but we passed tons of hikers coming down and then pretty much had the lake to ourselves when got there around 1:30. Everyone goes early, for solitude go late!

hiking
2 days ago

worth the hike!

hiking
3 days ago

Great trail with amazing scenery. Started at 8:15 am and made it back to car at 2:30pm after enjoying the lake for about 45 minutes. As has been stated by others, be bear aware. As the trail runs through quite a bit of berry bearing plant areas. We saw one Black bear well off the trail within the 1st mile. Many trees on the trail have bear claw marks on them as well as trees showing antler rubbing damage from last fall, due to size and height I’d call the culprits Elk. We saw a couple of Mountain Goats on the west rim above the lake plus a Golden Eagle on the hike. I would hike the trail again.

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful Lake and scenic views the whole way. We arrived at 9:10am and got parking on 8/14. The trail had tons of wild flowers and starts off rigorous but that’s the hardest part. We saw a deer by Iceberg Lake. There weren’t any icebergs in the lake. It was cool at the lake and we ate lunch before heading back down. It rained and was windy on the way down. Bring layers even if it looks warm and sunny. We saw people in shorts but were glad to have quick drying pants and rain coats. Sunday’s were nice when it was sunny and rainy!

Loved this trail! Arrived at the trailhead about 2:30p and got back at 7:30p. Whole family did the hike. Didn’t see any bears or anything like we had hoped but it sure was a great hike with a lot of variety of woods, streams, and then open views . The lake is gorgeous. First 1/2 mile is a difficult grade but not terrible. It really levels off after that

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bugs
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over grown
rocky
4 days ago

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5 days ago

Hiked on 8/7. Beautiful scenery and wildflowers. Saw a grizzly on the hill above that was moving fast and crossed the trail behind us. Be alert. Bring lots of water.

hiking
6 days ago

Incredible views on the way up the trail. The lake was amazing and well worth it to go all the way. Arrived around 11 30 am and it took us about 15 min to find a parking spot. Moderate rating seemed right, very popular trail as we saw a lot of people.

hiking
7 days ago

Best trail in GNP. Saw moose, elk, ptarmigans, grizzly bears and lots of humans. Hike around the lake towards the wall where there are fewer people.

hiking
8 days ago

Wonderful trail! It was long but well maintained and beautiful views. The lake was absolutely freezing but I had to take a swim. Lots of families on the trail. I definitely recommend getting to the trail before 9am because the lot was full by 9:30. Lots of bear warnings and we did see bear scat on the trail so take bear spray and make plenty of noise.

hiking
8 days ago

After the first 1/2 mile fairly steep section, was relatively flat. Over half the hike is in the trees so not overly impressive views until near the top.

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muddy
rocky
8 days ago

This was a great hike. Not too long, and the view of the lake made every step worth it. It seems to be broken up into thirds. First third is fairly open and green, which is apparently where the bears are, the second third is pretty covered and almost like a jungle, and the final third is again open with great views of the mountains and wild flowers everywhere.

hiking
9 days ago

Wow what a hike. Lots of forest trail, wild flowers and incredible views. Don’t leave the park without doing this hike. Lake was unbelievable with small ice bergs still around. Water was glass clear

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no shade
10 days ago

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rocky
13 days ago

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bugs
over grown
rocky
13 days ago

Beautiful hike would definitely recommend! Saw a black bear right off the trailhead starting out and a moose laying down soon after that. The trail is pretty easy and the incline is gradual and doable. Tons of wildflowers! The lake still has a few icebergs in it. Moderately trafficked with enough people that you aren’t alone but not too many to where you’re stuck in a line. There’s a pit toilet just before the falls where the trail spilts with ptarmigan tunnel and one at the lake. The trail is a mix of shaded and open with views down the valley. A very good hike!

hiking
14 days ago

Hiked this trail July 31, 2019. Arrived at the trailhead at 6:45 am. Parking was good then. Don’t get there much later. Start early and you avoid the crowds. Saw only a few groups on the way up - but way more on the way down. Trail is steep for a few hundred yards at the start then levels off. Only about 1,200 feet of gain the entire 5 miles to Iceberg Lake. Very doable for almost anyone. Saw 2 bull moose - one right on the trail. 9 mountain goats way above the lake. 2 grizz 30 yards from the trail on the way down so be aware. Wife swam with icebergs in the lake. Diverse trail with great views. Highly recommend this trail. Go to “Nolan Ventures” on you tube to see a video of this hike.

hiking
16 days ago

Awesome trail and the lake was TOTALLY worth the hike. Seen some Mount Sheep and little “critters” at the lake while having lunch. They were a little bothersome so watch your food & pack. Wind was blowing the wrong way at the lake so all the ice bergs were on the opposite side of the lake. Still a cool hike.

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no shade
rocky
17 days ago

Saw 2 grizzlies - 1 small, near trail. Aug 1st was hot and sunny. There's interspersed shade and great views. The falls are small but nice and shady, and a welcome cool spot on a hot day.

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