Glacier County, Montana

Hike to Iceberg Lake, Glacier National Park

9.7 Miles Total - 1200 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally 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.

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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.

A Favorite

Hands down one of my favorites, and as the author said it hikes relatively fast. We saw a mama grizzly and two cubs on the way up, and then a half dozen mule deer at the lake. Awesome hike.

Favorite Glacier Hike!

One of my favorite hikes ever, and certainly my favorite in Glacier!

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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