Every Friday Hike – Iceberg Lake

Iceberg Lake Trip Details

The hike to Iceberg Lake is definitely one of the most scenic day hikes in Glacier. This trail is known for its abundance of wildlife and wildflowers, and of course, its turquoise, iceberg studded lake, tucked into a glacial cirque.

The hike to Iceberg Lake is moderate, and many locals call it the easiest 10 miles, round trip, in the park.

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Price: $165/person (10+ years)

Other: Glacier National Park Entrance Fee (not included in price)

Guide Tip: Industry rate is 18-20% (not included in price)

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Trip Details

Difficulty: Moderate – 9.7 miles, 1,275 feet in elevation gain.

Dates: Fridays from July 5th to September 27th.

Trip Duration: 1 Day

Minimum Age: 10

*Reservations required in advance.

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What's Included, What to Bring

What is provided? Interpretive Guide with wilderness first aid and bear management training, van transport, lunch.

What should I bring? Day pack to carry water bottle, lunch (provided), camera/phone, binoculars, rain coat, fleece, and your Glacier National Park Pass. Comfortable hiking shoes.

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Itinerary & Additional Details

Times are approximate. Trips after Labor Day meet an hour later.

6:00am – Meet us at our West Glacier office. From here, you’ll load up in a vehicle with your guide and start the beautiful journey to the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn.

9:00 – 12 pm: The Iceberg Lake trail winds through amazing mountain scenery and sub-alpine fir forests. It crosses Ptarmigan Falls, a popular rest stop on hot summer days. Wildflowers are abundant in the meadows along the trail. We often see wildlife such as bighorn sheep, mountain goats, and grizzly bears along the way to Iceberg Lake. Our guides are passionate and encyclopedic about Glacier National Park — no matter your level of hiking experience, we promise they’ll teach you something new.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Iceberg Lake itself is a striking aquamarine tarn surrounded on three sides by majestic cliffs. We’ll relax here and enjoy a hearty and homemade trail lunch. Our trail lunches are largely locally and organically sourced, and generally include homemade cookies, fresh fruit and vegetables, chips, and your choice of a turkey, ham, roast beef, or veggie sandwich. Our in house kitchen can accommodate nearly any dietary restriction or preference – just ask! While we eat, we’ll look for sheep and goats high in the cliffs above the lake.

1:00 – 3:45 pm: We return along the same route, while your guide answers any questions that you might have about the park. You’ll end the day knowing more about Glacier National Park than you ever expected. Typically, we’ll return to the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn around 3:30 pm and our office around 530-6pm.

More Info About Iceberg Lake

Reservations required in advance. This trail can be very busy during the middle of the summer.

Meeting Notes

Guests are welcome to check in with us the day prior to departure: 406-387-5555 or info@glacierguides.com. Please arrive at our office by 6:00 AM. Trips after Labor Day meet an hour later.  Click on directions for how to find us.

Trail Closure: Trails in Glacier National Park occasionally close for reasons like weather and wildlife. In the event that the Iceberg Lake trail is inaccessible on the day in question, we will substitute a similar hike, such as the delightful one to Bullhead Lake.

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    What an amazing experience! Just finished a four day backpacking trip with guide, Jen. Jen was extremely professional and so “in tune” to the group. Her knowledge of the surroundings we walked through was incredible. It’s clear she holds a passion for what she does that really shines through. She went above and beyond to help give me a most memorable first time experience at Glacier. Thank you!

    — Jessica Wolf

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    Glacier guides was more than I could’ve imagined! My Friends and I did the 5 day glacier challenge and it was amazing! They offer longer hikes and shorter hikes. I thought I would do all the long hikes but I didn’t every day. Every hike you take is absolutely stunning!! definitely do what your body will allow, you’ll still be very satisfied! Best part of the challenge is most certainly the guides… TOM MATELICH is awesome! he is a wonderful leader, cook, guide, absolutely hilarious and all around great guy! ARI MELINGER-COHEN is super chill and very calming to be around, extremely knowledgeable and very caring. MAKETE ROESCH is magical, super helpful and can pretty much answer anything you want to know (especially about bears and flowers). All these guys are seriously the best and when I go back I will 100% be requesting them. Glacier guides couldn’t have made this experience any better! Forever grateful for their guidance and the love they have for this beautiful place!

    — Britney Doe

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    Went on a guided hike to Avalanche Trail yesterday with our guide Tom. Perfect way to experience the Park for the first time. I learned so much about the Park as Tom pointed out many interesting points that I would have not known if I went alone. Enjoyed the company of 5 other guests. Took a van ride about 16 miles in to access the Trail. Tom brought lunches for each and we ate halfway through on the shore of a beautiful lake. I enjoyed asking questions to learn and Tom had the answers. I would highly recommend taking a guided hike with Glacier Guides even if you’ve been to the Park before. Glad I did.

    — Peter Lemp

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    We did the 3 day backpacking trip with Tom a few weeks ago. It was the BEST experience we could have asked for! We will book again if we get the chance. Unforgettable views and experience. Not to mention the food Tom made with just one little burner was perfect.

    — Ashley Marie

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    I went on a six day hike with four guys and our guide, Maketa. It was amazing. We had a wide range of ages 35-70 and our guide was able to create the perfect trip for all of us. It is an unbelievable park and we were able to optimize our time there because of the expert planning from Maketa. Glacier Guides was helpful throughout the experience and I wouldn’t have had the same trip any other way. Definitely a FIVE STAR rating. Best trip of my life!

    — Andrew Rocca

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