Hike to Iceberg Lake, Glacier National Park

9.7 miles 1200 ft gain  - Out-and-Back 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.

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about 4 years ago

Breathtaking

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.

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almost 5 years ago

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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