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: $105.00 Price Child: $105.00 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.
If you have made arrangements to meet at our West Glacier office instead of in Many Glacier, we are located 1.5 miles west of West Glacier on U.S. Highway 2. Look for our Glacier Guides and Montana Raft sign on the north side of the highway between mile marker 151 and 152. Our property is just off the highway, tucked in the trees. When you see our sign turn to the north and you will see us shortly thereafter. Detailed directions and maps are available here.