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Iceberg Lake Trail

Intermediate
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Traverse the alpine with epic views to a beautiful lake with icebergs tucked under cathedral walls.


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Map Key

2.2

Miles

3.5

KM

Point to Point

6,157' 1,877 m

High

5,772' 1,759 m

Low

508' 155 m

Up

174' 53 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Bring bear spray.

Description

This popular trail breaks off of the Ptarmigan Trail and continues through trees with intermittent views that gradually break out to incredible views of the serrated, knife-edge ridgeline of the Ptarmigan Wall. Flowers bloom late into the summer with the notable beargrass being particularly stunning. Iceberg Creek creates a waterfall visible from across the valley.

You work your way along the Ptarmigan Wall towards the towering walls of the cirque. As you get closer, you enter into flower-covered meadows and a little pocket lake that makes you think you may be there. You continue along the trail and go over a little rise and the lake comes into view. Icebergs float in the lake throughout most summers. The vertical walls rise dramatically from the lake's opposite shores.

Brave souls jump into the water and swim to icebergs for bragging rights.

This content was created by Jake Bramante of Hike 734. Visit hike734.com for more expert Glacier content and maps that help you decide which trail to hike.

Flora & Fauna

Beargrass, fleabane, and many other flowers grace the forest and meadows. Mountain goats can be seen in the cliffs while bears and bighorn sheep frequent the meadows. Moose are often visible as they feed in the willows below.

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  4.6 from 5 votes

#9

in Many Glacier

#5701

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in Many Glacier

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in Montana

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Iceberg Lake.
Jan 31, 2016 near Swiftcu…, MT
What an amazing walk down to Iceberg Lake.
Sep 18, 2019 near Swiftcu…, MT
Iceberg Lake Trail in the winter. with permission from walkaboutwest *No Commercial Use
Jun 9, 2016 near Swiftcu…, MT
Iceberg Lake Trail lined with Bear grass, Glacier National Park. NPS Photo/David Restivo
Feb 24, 2020 near Swiftcu…, MT
Iceberg Lake, Glacier National Park. NPS Photo/David Restivo
Feb 24, 2020 near Swiftcu…, MT
Late July iceburg on Iceburg Lake.
Jun 11, 2016 near Swiftcu…, MT

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Jul 28, 2019
Mallory Fossa
Did with ptemerian tunnel...broke Jon
Jul 13, 2019
Matt Goolsby
Combined with Ptarmigan Tunnel. Spectacular and our favorite hike. Made for a 15.2 mile day. — 7h 33m
Jun 26, 2019
LaShawn Teegarden
Aug 9, 2018
Chris Werch
Fun, moderate day hike. 10mi
Sep 24, 2017
Joan Pendleton
Jul 27, 2016
Dee O'Hair
Jun 23, 2016
Jeff Giesler
Beautiful trail! Sandy says "It meets and even exceeds expectations". 10 miles with 1400 ft gain starting with Ptarmigan but very gradual climb. Hi... — 4h 45m
Aug 28, 2013
Bruce Hope