Iceberg Lake Trail

Iceberg Lake Trail

Nearest Metro Area: Kalispell
Montana 59936
Trail Map

Glacier-National-Park, Iceberg-Lake, bears, day-hike
Fee? Yes

About this Trail

Another fantastic Glacier National Park Trail. Make sure you have your bear spray and camera handy. Wildflowers are plentiful and the views are spectacular. The hike ends at a lake with actual icebergs in them, hence the name "Iceberg Lake."

The hike begins with a solid (but moderate) 1-2 mile upward climb. Before long, you exit the trees to spectacular valley views. At one point you can see three valleys converge into one, where glaciers had blown out the valleys thousands of years ago.

The hike continues uphill, but the grade is barely noticeable. If lucky, you may see a distant moose, elk, or bear.

4.5 miles later, you arrive at the protected and relatively small Iceberg Lake, which is kept nice and chilly by the mountains that surround it and protect it from direct sunlight for most of the day. The lake is an arctic blue. Depending on what time of year you arrive, the lake will either be frozen over or be filled with icebergs. If you are feeling brave, you can wade in and touch one of them.

Once you're done, the downhill trek back begins.

NOTE: Keep the conversation up because you may come across a bear and don't want to surprise them.

Fees: For Glacier National Park, in general, you can get fees here.

Directions to Trailhead (or put-in on water trails)

Enter the park from the northeastern side toward Many Glacier Lodge. Once you are in the park, keep driving past the turn off for Many Glacier Lodge and until the road ends. Walk through the parking lots to the trailhead.

Notes on Difficulty Rating

The elevation gain is pretty intense (1200'), but the steepest section is at the beginning. The trail is 9 miles round trip, which is the main reason for the moderate rating. It's straight forward, but will take a long time.

Created: Monday, 07 September 2009 15:22
Original Creator: notoriousjlb

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Trail At-A-Glance
Distance: 9 miles
Change in Elevation: 1200
Elevation at trailhead: 4906
Highest Elevation: 6110
Lowest Elevation: 6110

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