Panorama from the Iceberg Lake hike in Glacier National Park, Montana
Panorama from the Iceberg Lake hike in Glacier National Park, Montana

Iceberg Lake hike

Glacier National Park
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Iceberg Lake hike

Distance: 16.4km
Elevation: 465m
Time: 4-6h

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Iceberg Lake is a wonderful hike in the Many Glacier area, especially early in the season when there are still icebergs contrasting the incredible blue of the water! The trail also includes beautiful wildflower meadows and stunning mountain views.

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Getting there

Head into Many Glacier Area on the pock-marked road, remaining watchful for animals – bears are likely here in early summer. Park anywhere near the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn. Parking here can fill up fast, so arrive early or be prepared to walk some ways down the road from where you parked!

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About

When to do

June through September

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

Trailhead

Family friendly

No

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

Out and back


Iceberg Lake
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Route Description for Iceberg Lake

Halfway down the parking lot beside the Motor Inn are signs pointing towards Ptarmigan Tunnel and Iceberg Lake. These signs direct you up a road, past several small cabins to a tiny parking lot for guests staying at the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn. Right past the small parking lot is the trailhead for both trails.

The first 4.5km of the path is similar between Ptarmigan Tunnel and Iceberg Lake. Emerge from the trees and hug the right side of the valley as you veer right below Ht. Henkel. You will be given great views across the valley with glimpses of Mount Grinnell and Mount Wilbur. The grade is slightly uphill, though nothing too steep. You will re-enter the trees as you approach the junction. Right before the junction are the beautiful Ptarmigan Falls, which have a smooth rocky place to sit – a perfect halfway break!

After passing over a small bridge and the pit toilets you will arrive at the junction. Turn left to continue to Iceberg Lake. The grade of the trail remains constant as you are once again thrown from the trees. Here you will be able to bask in the numerous wildflowers that permeate the entire meadow. From here you will also be able to see the first glimpses of the rocky cirque that encompasses Iceberg Lake.

Continue along the trail and re-enter some scattered trees before you crest a hill and go down the Iceberg Lake. Hopefully, you came earlier in the season, as sometimes the icebergs melt away completely during hot summer days! Looking up you will be able to see Iceberg Peak on the right and Mount Wilbur on the left.

There will most likely be many people soaking in this beautiful gem, so skirt a short while to either side of the lake to find some tranquility.

This trail can frequently be closed due to bear activity. Check with a ranger before proceeding on the hike. Even if the hike is open, carry bear spray, make lots of noise, and hike in a group.

Return the way you came, considering a hike to Ptarmigan Tunnel if you have the energy.

Would you like to find more epic hikes in Glacier National Park? Check out the classics: Grinnell Glacier and Piegan Pass.

Insider Hints

  • This hike can be paired with Ptarmigan Tunnel, but it’s a long 25.0km+ day.

  • Spend a weekend in Many Glacier and explore all the wonderful valleys.

Comments

Suzy TQ 7 months ago

At Iceberg Lake...so peaceful and quiet. Beautiful! No one but us! We filled our Camelback with the lake water and it was amazing!!!

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Jellybean 7 months ago

Not too crowded, the beauty was spectacular as well as a number of views along the way.

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Stewart Graham 7 months ago

Saw a moose in the lake. Great hike along moderate terrain with side trails to the lake where I photographed a cow moose in the Lake.

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footfall 7 months ago

One of the best hikes I've done! The scenery offers so many different variety of things, and this should be on your list if you are visiting Glacier National Park.

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Heidon 8 months ago

Moderate hike. It has good variety of forests, wonderful mountain views and beautiful wildflowers.

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LA Bright 8 months ago

Phenomenal scenery! I enjoyed our tour a lot!

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Eden Meyk 8 months ago

This hike is more of an easy hike with some tough parts. There are great opportunities for picture taking and it’s definitely possible to complete this in under 6 hours.

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Tom Pack. 8 months ago

We went in early June last year, the weather was good and wildflowers and a small waterfall along the way added to the enjoyment

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Kohaku Ichinose 9 months ago

Stunning mountain, lake , and forest! ʕ→ᴥ←ʔ

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liwei 1 year ago

Majestic views everywhere with ability to see wildlife if you spend enough time in here (or get lucky).

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