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Iceberg Lake Trail, Glacier National Park

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Cutting through the mountain scenery of pine forests and flowering meadows, Iceberg Lake Trail leads to one of the most beautiful bodies of water in Glacier National Park. Come ready for Montana weather and rugged terrain. The hike is challenging and covers a distance of about 9 mi (14 km), with elevation gain of about 1,200 ft (360 m). The trail gets its name from an emerald lake, where you're likely to see icebergs floating on the water surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. Put Iceberg Lake Trail and other Glacier National Park attractions into our Glacier National Park sightseeing site, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Carry a lot of water on the trail. A lot of the Iceberg Lake trail is in the sun and bears are active there. We were there in the second week of August and the day was warm but that isn't always... 
    Carry a lot of water on the trail. A lot of the Iceberg Lake trail is in the sun and bears are active there. We were there in the second week of August and the day was warm but that isn't always...  more »
  • Was there early in the season. Still lots of heavy snow and a challenging stream crossing. Photos are spectacular!!! 
    Was there early in the season. Still lots of heavy snow and a challenging stream crossing. Photos are spectacular!!!  more »
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  • Relatively easy hike up to Iceberg Lake and a more difficult hike up to Ptarmigan Tunnel. Both can accomplished in the same day, and both destinations are very worth the effort!! Iceberg Lake was glacial blue water with actual icebergs floating and breaking apart even into August, surrounded by an imposing cliff wall! There are waterfalls to view along the way, as well as spectacular views towards Swiftcurrebt Pass! Ptarmigan Trail takes you through green pines and flowered meadows, above a blue-tinted lake to what looks like a door to LOTR's Moria. Through the door, passage through the dark tunnel leads to a well-made shelf trail against a much more red landscape, equally epic in depth of features. Stroll down the trail just a bit along the wall, look back, and see a couple-hundred foot waterfall streaming off a high-elevation glacier.. a scene that is hard to beat!!
  • Completed the hike on 7/15/22. See highlights of the hike on my IG @fungtional. Everything was open when we hiked it and we were pretty lucky because the trail was closed the next day due to bear activity. They usually place signs and rope closures if they ever close the trail. I recommend texting GNPTRAILS to 333111 so the park can send updates about trail closures, especially since internet service is nearly nonexistent at the park. This was the most scenic hike of the park, imo (we hiked Grinnell, Iceberg Lake, Hidden Lake, and Avalanche Lake (Highline was still closed)). The hike was long, but wasn’t particular difficult, since there wasn’t significant elevation gain. There was quite a bit of snow and snowmelt at the end of the trail, so highly recommend trekking poles and sturdy hiking boots to avoid slipping. It’s definitely worth it to reach the end. Some of the best pictures in the park

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