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Hike to Iceberg Lake, Glacier National Park

Browning, Montana

based on 13 reviews



9.7 miles

Elevation Gain

1200 ft

Route Type



Added by Conor Barry

Enjoy insanely rugged views like never before that feel well-earned. Once you make it to the lake, you'll be rewarded with spectacular scenery-- you'll want to 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.

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Hike to Iceberg Lake, Glacier National Park Reviews

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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