Ptarmigan Lake Trail

HARD 23 reviews
#26 of 117 trails in

Ptarmigan Lake Trail is a 8.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near East Glacier Park, Montana that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until September.

DISTANCE
8.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,896 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

hiking
5 days ago

Excellent hike like everything in glacier. Nicely wooded scene opens into an expansive meadow near alpine only to be finished off by the actual tunnel following a few switchbacks behind the lake. Easy directions to get to the trailhead. Would suggest doing iceberg lake on the same day since they share the same trail.

hiking
12 days ago

Cool hike with a nice view but went in mid June and it was far too snowy to reach the tunnel :( the lake is cool but not as cool as iceberg.

9 months ago

WOW! That’s all!

hiking
9 months ago

Hike was beautiful, certainly not difficult. Snow covered Switchbacks to the tunnel were moderate at best, even with no poles. Snowstorm blew in and could not see hidden valley.

Incredible trail to the tunnel...Don't stop at the lake, keep hiking up the incredibly challenging switchbacks to the tunnel at the top. The hidden valley on the other side of the tunnel is amazing!!! This is a long hike, take plenty of water and spend time enjoying the hidden valley. If you do this hike you will have "bragging rights" for life as a hiker

hiking
10 months ago

For the last 20 years I have tried to hike the tunnel but each time it got closed due to bears. I wish I could have hiked this 20 years younger when I was a bad a--. It is a very hard hike but oh so worth the pain.

backpacking
11 months ago

We went in early July. The wildflowers were in bloom. Every where I looked, it was a riot of color. The hike had a few challenging spots, but heat and the elevation were the two biggest. It was bright, hot, and not much cover from the sun. Plenty of water along the route, but wear sunscreen, light clothes, a hat, and bring rehydration salts of you aren't use to hike at elevation. Loved it. Plan to go up and over next year.

11 months ago

Great view of the lake and a gorgeous hike. There is plenty of shade along the trail but I'd still recommend bringing sunscreen. Be prepared to walk uphill almost the entire way there. Definitely worth it though.

11 months ago

Lovely hike, try to head out in the morning to avoid the heat, the iceberg lake would be better if it is the beginnings of July, don't miss the ptarmigan tunnel, it is marvelous, the tunnel connected two difference of views. green trees versus red stone mountains.

hiking
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Gorgeous views that include wildflowers and wildlife. The tunnel at the top is really cool as well. Be sure to bring bear spray!

Thursday, September 01, 2016

I'd say a moderate trail, the last little bit is tough uphill. Bring a fishing pole - we caught some nice trout here. Oh yeah - and bear spray

2 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
Friday, July 21, 2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

recorded Ptarmigan Lake Trail

hiking
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

hiking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

hiking
Thursday, June 30, 2016