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.
Difficulty: Moderate – 9.7 miles, 1275 feet in elevation gain.
Dates: Fridays from July through September
Trip Duration: 1 Day
Price Adult: $120.00 Price Child: $120.00 Minimum Age: 10 Additional Fees: $20 park entrance fee and gratuity for guide not included
Reservations required in advance.
Iceberg Lake – You Have to See It To Believe It
The hike to Iceberg Lake is moderate, and many locals call it the easiest 10 miles, round trip, in the park.
Times are approximate.
9:30 – 9:45 am: Meet your guide at the pay phones at the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn in Many Glacier. Your guide will do a quick orientation, check over your gear for the day, and go over last minute details.
9:45 – 12:45 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.
12:45 – 1:45 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.
1:45 – 4:30 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 4:30 pm.
More Info About Iceberg Lake
Reservations required in advance. This trail can be very busy during the middle of the summer.
Guests should call our office the day prior to departure to check in: 406-387-5555 or 1-800-521-7238.
Please be aware that the meeting location — the payphones at the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn in Many Glacier, on Glacier’s east side — is about 2.5 hours away from the Glacier Guides and Montana Raft office in West Glacier. If you staying are on west side of Glacier, give us a call several days in advance to ask about meeting us at our office to get a ride to Many Glacier. 406-387-5555
The day of the trip you should arrive at the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn in Many Glacier by 9:30 AM to meet your guide. Please meet by the pay phones located outside of the building to the right of the entrance to the lobby and store.
Heads Up! Many Glacier Road Construction to Cause Significant Delays in 2020 and 2021
Visitors will encounter closures and long travel delays in Many Glacier in 2020 and 2021 due to large-scale road construction projects.
April 1 – May 17, 2020 and September 21 – December 16, 2020: The Many Glacier Road will be closed at the park boundary due to large-scale road construction projects.
May 18 – September 20, 2020: Large-scale road construction projects will significantly increase travel times to Many Glacier. Expect travel delays up to 40 minutes each way. Visitors are encouraged to explore other areas of the park if they wish to avoid significant delays.
People overnighting at Many Glacier campgrounds or lodging may encounter periodic night work. Visitors traveling through construction zones Monday through Friday between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. may experience up to a 3-hour delay.