Hike to Iceberg Lake, Glacier National Park
Montana › Iceberg Lake Trail
Added by Conor Barry
Enjoy insanely rugged views that make you feel like you've hiked for days to see it. Once you make it the lake, you'll be rewarded with spectacular scenery -- get the camera ready.
The 9.7-mile out-and-back trail starts in the Many Glacier area of Glacier National Park, near the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn. The trailhead is easy to find at the northwest corner of the Inn area and the trail is well marked the whole way. The trail heads northwest almost the entire time except for the last mile or so that opens up out of the woods and curves west, southwest. From here you will be able to see where the lake sits at the bottom of a massive cliff face. The trail gradually gains 1,200' of elevation to the lake, making this one of the easier hikes in GNP. Sure, it's long but it hikes fast and you'll be there before you know it.
Remember all your bear safety as you travel through this area. It is prime territory for Grizzly bears. Carry bear spray and make enough noise that you won't startle any bears.
Head back the same way you came and stop at the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn for some Huckleberry ice cream. You've earned it.
- Rain Jacket - I put this first because it can get cold up there.
- Bear Spray
- Bear bell or a noisy kid - make sure the bears know you're there.
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Glacier's Gift to all Hikers
Everything about Glacier NP is beautiful and this hike is no exception, bringing all of the lovely aspects of Glacier into one wonderful adventure; wildflowers, huckleberries, wildlife, and towering mountains. We went on the ranger-led hike and it was amazing to learn more about the geology and ecology of the area, I would highly suggest. My sister and I had a great time eating the wild huckleberries, but be sure to know what your are eating! We saw a moose and grizzly on this hike as well as more tourists than one would expect for a 10-mile hike. Also, be sure to use the makeshift 'port-poddy' at the top of the hike, its an experience everyone must have.
Icebergs, Freezing Teal-Colored Lakes, Mountains, Wildlife and More
Glacier National Park was one of the most incredible places I ever visited as a kid. The journey up the mountains to the lake was amazing and I remember being in pure awe of how beautiful the landscape was. I hope to get back there again some day very soon. To all that live in Montana, please, do yourself a favor and take a trip to GNP.
This hike was my favorite day-hike in Glacier. The trail was not tough and the end view was incredibly rewarding! I'd recommend budgeting plenty of time to just hang out and soak in the views while at the lake.
Griz On The Trail!
We didn't get on the trail until 2pm. It was a little chilly and breezy but we warmed up soon. Almost all the elevation gain on this hike seems to be within the first 2 miles. About a quarter to half-mile in, we spotted a young grizzly bear on the trail. It was probably about a year old. We were 20 yards away at most! After make a lot of noise and being patient, it wandered off the side of the trail. This is an excellent hike overall. My only "complaint" is that it is a very busy trail.
Easily one of my favorite hikes anywhere in the US. I went during summer of 2015 when the wildflowers were all in bloom. The views along the entire hike are documentary-worthy. I'd recommend making your way there soon as the glaciers are quickly melting all throughout Glacier National Park. Even though that's the case, and if you do go in summer, bring a light jacket. It gets surprisingly cold at Iceberg Lake. I didn't have the guts to jump in the water like many others, so I used the opportunity to chill my camelbak instead. I'd also recommend trying to lock down a room at Many Glacier Hotel. Not only does it make reaching that side of the park and trailhead easier the place itself is worth the money.
Easy hike (for 10 miles roundtrip) for a beautiful view at the end!
There aren't a lot of trails at Glacier that I have hiked more than once- there are so many I haven't gotten to yet that I typically like to try something new when I'm out there. But this is a trail I have hiked three or four times, to show guests the amazing beauty at the end of the trail. In fact, after arriving at Iceberg Lake with my father, who introduced me to hiking and backpacking, and taught me to respect our earth, after a few moments silence said to me, "This is the most spectacular piece of natural scenery I have ever seen." I couldn't have said it better myself!
One of my Favorites
This is one of my favorite hikes in Glacier. It is still popular, but less so because many people never make it to the Many Glacier side of the park. It is long, but very doable and so rewarding. You must stick your feet in the icy glacial water, but not for too long, its so cold, it hurts!
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