Explore the most popular lake trails near East Glacier Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We did this hike on Tues 7/10. We were completely surprised by and unprepared for so much of the trail being covered with snow but we hiked it anyways and were certainly glad we did. We did this trail with 4 of our children ranging in age from 1-8. The older two were able to complete the hike easily on their own with exception of one very small part of the trail (about 15 yards) where we were on a dirt hill between 2 snowy spots. I’d imagine this part will get easier and easier as the snow melts. The view at the overlook was so beautiful it was certainly worth it and we saw a few mountain goats. I highly recommend this trail

We did part of this trail, we started at the gunsight pass parking lot and went as far as we could which according to my gps watch was 8.6 miles, and 8 on my husbands apple watch, before we hit a big sheet of snow that we could not cross, this was above the lake before the pass, we tryed to test out a couple of feet, and couldn't do it, it is slippery snow and you can't really make foot holes with the running shoes we had on, maybe with clamp ons :/ most of the hike was scenic, we saw a moose that heard us from probably half a mile away and took off running. The trail was pretty overgrown, your legs are getting rubbed most of the trail.

Lovely trail. A bit heavy foot traffic but not bad. Take bear spray!! Not good for small children.

Beautiful hike!! Be prepared for weather changes. Sleeted and rained on us the whole way back off and on. Beautiful scenery! Snowed on peaks across from us. Lots of picture opportunities!!

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1 day ago

This was a really fun trail to do, however when you get down to the lake there seemed to be an avalanche that made it hard for me to find the trail. I turned back because I felt uncomfortable being down there on my own, but it would have been doable. the trail down is very slippery and snowy. I saw people in running sneakers making their way down, but I'd really urge against that. the way up is pretty steep, but the views were so rewarding that it made the crazy weather and terrain all worth it. This trail will probably be cleared up closer to late July, but it's still doable.

We hiked it on a foggy day so you couldn’t see all the tops of the surrounding mountains. Felt like another world as a result! We didn’t see any moose but several hikers on the trail said they had earlier that morning. Just the right amount of people - not nearly as crowded as other popular trails in the park. Very flat, too.

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1 day ago

Amazing hike!! Absolutely beautiful!! A challenge but worth every step!! Saw longhorn sheep and a grouse and definitely scenic!! Beautiful picture opportunities the whole trek!! Another beautiful part of the park!! Don’t miss this one!!

Best destination hike I’ve ever done. So pretty. Go early- beat the crowds AND the bugs. We were on the trail by 830. Saw a few people. On the way back after 1240-yikes, Dear God, it was crowded. And hot! There’s a lot of exposed trail on the latter end with no shade so I’m imagining those hiking had to be miserable. At least the icy lake at the end could cool them off. Baby waterfalls and one big waterfall about 1/2way frequent the path. Fortunate enough to see a female mouse grazing the hillside. Views for days. And then the lake-There’s no adequate words in the English language to describe Iceberg Lake. Think of a mermaids tail and you might be close in visualizing the glorious color of the water. Don’t miss this hike!

Nice, fun trail. My husband and I took the round trip boat tour with a guided hike to Twin Falls. The boat ride is 20-25 mins. The guided hike was 45 minutes to the falls. The guide (Nathan) provided great information about the history of Two Medicine lake area. We highly recommend the guided hike. The hike was slow with the 25-30 people but the info provided made it worth it. We hiked on our own to upper Two Medicine lake. We did not see any wildlife other than squirrels (no bears!) heard birds. Nice views of the mountains at the upper lake.

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3 days ago

Pretty hike - also pretty crowded. Not very challenging, the elevation gain is very, very gradual. Enjoyed the scenery of the hike more than the actual lake itself but it was hailing when we got to the lake.

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3 days ago

Did this hike from Jackson Overlook to Lake McDonald in a long day. It was absolutely stunning to go from the crowds of the Going To The Sun Road to nearly complete isolation near the top of the Pass. Bear spray is the obvious thing to bring but I would highly, highly recommend crampons and an ice ax for traversing the multiple long snowfields. I did not have them and would've really liked the peace of mind of having them because one bad step would've sent me tumbling quite a ways. Also keep an eye out for territorial mountain goats near the high spots and keep an eye out for construction at the Sperry Lodge as they rebuild from the 2017 fire.

Amazing view at the end! Definitely still lots of snow even in mid July. I was amazed to watch people in sandals and tennis shoes trying to make it up the snow. Several mountain goats and bighorn sheep along the way.

4 days ago

amazing hike. the first part in particular is absolutely beautiful, walking through woods and fields of flowers. hopping over the pass is fine with all the switchbacks. descending the other side en route to sunrift gorge gets a little technical in parts - you’re best to use the rocks to scramble your way down until the snow melts a little more. highly recommend poles if you’ve got dodgy knees or ankles on the descent.

my other tip would be to park early (7.30,8am at latest) if parking at siyeh bend because there aren’t many spots. it’s an easy shuttle back once you pop out at the gorge. i’d say siyeh-sunrift is the best direction by far - the other way is a lot of thankless uphill.

If anyone is planning on hiking this on Sunday 7/15 or Monday 7/16 and would like some more company, let me know. I'm not too keen on the idea of solo hiking around Glacier. 973.809.8846.

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4 days ago

I felt very accomplished after this hike. Was not expecting miles of snow hiking up and down a hill. Fortunately, was prepared with hiking shoes and poles. I was also not expecting to have to scramble on a moderate trail. Did see mountain goats, which was exciting. The view is outstanding once you arrive. Lake was frozen in spots as of July 11th.

We loved it. It’s a beautiful hike with a nice and steady elevation gain throughout the whole hike (except for the very first part).
There are a lot of bugs. Bring spray.

Did this in mid-June. Even with the wind and rain the views along the trail are amazing. The ascent is gradual, nothing strenuous, just take your time walking across the snowfield. Don't be fooled by the first lake, continue on the trail for the main event. Totally worth it!

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5 days ago

June 28 A lot of people and a lot of snow. Only went half way.
Hope to come back and try this one again with better hiking shoes or better yet, snow shoes.

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5 days ago

This is one of best hike in Glacier national park. It is little bit steep at the start but gradually flat towards the end. There is waterfall on the route where people usually rest for a while and also there is pit toilet near the waterfall.

I encounter forest ranger on the route and he told usually bear roam around the trail in early morning and late evening which is usual time for bear to search for food. People have also mentioned about seeing mountain lion. But if we go in group and make noise while hiking, we should be fine

I would definitely recommend this hike because of the iceberg lake view which is beautiful and breathtaking

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6 days ago

To shorten the hiking distance and get a view of the scenary from the water, I recommend taking the boat tour from Many Glacier Lodge across Swiftcurrent Lake and Lake Josephine. You are offered a return pass later in the day for both boats.

No grizzly sightings, but we did see two bull moose (at different times) soaking in Lake Josephine.

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.

Amazing and difficult. Went too early in the season and got held up just before reaching the pass by avalanche debris. you WILL need an ice axe and crampons for this if you go mid June. Gorgeous.

Moderate and well populated so less of a bear worry even though it is apparently a bear frequented area. Very gorgeous and prob one of the most rewarding day hikes you can do. These icy spots won't be around for forever so enjoy! and clean up after yourself!

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7 days ago

Hiked this on August 20, 2015. Did this trail on a ranger-led excursion focusing on geology. Super interesting, amazing views, frequent stops made it doable even for hikers without much experience. Iceberg Lake itself is absolutely stunning. Definitely one of those things you can't believe you're seeing when you get there.

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7 days ago

One of my favorite hikes I've ever done. We saw moose, rams, deer, and all other sorts of wildlife. Amazing waterfalls, lake views, etc. It would be fantastic even without the payoff of getting to hang out at a glacier, but this hike just gets better and better the further up you go.

Not sure why people haven't mentioned but the trail to the overlook is over an entire uphill of packed snow for over a mile and is super slippery. Wear sturdy boots and bring trekking poles. Saw big horned sheep in parking lot and two mountain goats at the lookout. Hidden Lake is still almost completely frozen and it gets very crowded (we arrived at 7am and already 15 other cars in lot). Trail down to lake is impassable, closed for grizzly activity and also steep snowfields down to lake. Not safe in my opinion but still pretty and good wildlife. Hiked this morning (July 5th).

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7 days ago

One of the best hikes yet. A bit steep incline to start and then it’s a gradual and long ascent to the lake. The lake was gorgeous with a lonely iceberg floating in the middle.

We loved this trail! There were stunning views of the lakes and glacier. We even saw a grizzly bear and her cub on a rock overlook and a moose cooling off in the lake during the afternoon. This hike is a must do!

Felt longer than 10 miles, but worth every step of the hike! What everyone else said is right - I was really surprised at gaining 1400 feet as it was generally pretty gradual. It wasn’t too difficult of a hike at all, but I think I struggled a bit more because I forgot to take any food... whoops!
Hiked up in 2 hours 15 minutes, hiked down in 2 hours 5 (and I honestly do not know how, because it felt like I was power walking down and it felt like about twice the distance!!)
Didn’t see any bears, or any other wildlife aside from squirrels etc, but I was doing a lot of yelling as a solo hiker.
Definitely a hike to check it if you’re in the area!! It was a lot more crowded coming back - I barely passed anyone being on the trail at 8.30am, but at midday it was pretty heavily tracked out.

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8 days ago

Great hike, it is a constant uphill to the top, but nothing too steep, we had crazy wind especially at the top, making it much more difficult than it should have been, but awesome views all the way up.

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