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Iceberg Lake, Glacier National Park
Iceberg Lake is another iconic sight-seeing attraction in Glacier National Park.
   It's pure enjoyment!  The views all along the Iceberg Lake Trail are spectacular!  And even though you climb a total of 1200 vertical feet, you won't even notice it because the climb is so gradual.  Iceberg Lake is located in the Many Glacier Area, and it's a "must see" for visitors who love a gorgeous hike in Glacier National Park!

The above photo of Iceberg Lake was taken in late July, and as you can see there are still plenty of icebergs.   The reason why this lake has so many icebergs is the fact that it is surrounded by 3,000 foot cliffs, and direct sunlight does not touch Iceberg Lake in the winter. This results in a tremendous amount of snow and ice accumulated each winter here, and it takes months for all of that snow and ice to melt each summer.

TRAILHEAD:  Swiftcurrent Motor Inn, Many Glacier Area 
DISTANCE:  4.7 Miles (one way)
 
ELEVATION GAINED:  1,200 vertical feet

Iceberg Lake Trail, Glacier National Park
The view all along the Iceberg Lake Trail in Glacier National Park is absolutely gorgeous!  This trail is one of the premiere highlights in the Many Glacier Area.

RECOMMENDATIONS:
MORNING IS BEST!
Glacier National Park's Iceberg Lake is nestled in a deep cirque (bowl) and is surrounded by huge walls up to three thousand feet tall.  The angle of the sunlight in the morning is best for photographing these walls.  Later in the day these walls are in shadows. 

TAKE YOUR TIME AND ENJOY THE VIEW!
The scenery along the entire Iceberg Lake Trail is remarkable.  You'll see towering peaks such as Mount Wilbur, Iceberg Peak, the Pinnacle Wall, Mount HenkelGrinnell Mountain and many others.  You'll also see many wild flowers during certain times of the summer, and a huge assortment of wildlife.

Iceberg Lake, Glacier National Park
Iceberg Lake in Glacier Park is surrounded by huge breath-taking walls. 

BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO SEE ICEBERGS...
Iceberg Lake, Glacier National Park
If you're too early in the season you won't see any icebergs because the lake will still be frozen.  It's quite deceiving though because quite often the ice will clear off the water near the shoreline where the Iceberg Lake Trail meets the lake, and it will appear that there is no ice or icebergs at all.  But in fact, two-thirds of the lake is still covered in solid ice that hasn't broken up yet.  On top of this ice is also a huge amount of snow.   

As the season progresses, this massive ice layer and snow layer that rests closer to the cliffs will begin to break up, thus causing the lake to fill up with icebergs and "snowbergs". 
Iceberg Lake, Glacier National Park

By mid July Iceberg Lake is usually full of icebergs and slowly but surely they begin to melt away throughout the remaining  Glacier Park summer days.  

Usually by mid August the icebergs are gone. HOWEVER the hike along the Iceberg Lake Trail is still absolutely gorgeous no matter what time of the season, and Iceberg Lake is a beautiful bluish-green color.  It's so pretty it doesn't need icebergs!  

The Iceberg Lake Trail is always worth the hike no matter when you're visiting Glacier National Park.  
 
THE ICEBERG LAKE TRAIL IS A VERY GRADUAL CLIMB.
The steepest part of the Iceberg Lake Trail is the first half mile, so don't get psyched out.  After the first half mile or so, it levels off and the remainder of the hike is very pleasant.

Helpful E-Book
For information on what to bring and wear on your hike to Iceberg Lake and any other hikes you're interested in, check out our Informative E-Books.

Iceberg Lake, Glacier National Park
The shore of Iceberg Lake is a great place to have lunch!

BEARS FREQUENT THE ICEBERG LAKE TRAIL
Bring pepper spray, and talk loud to let the bears know you are in the area, so they can avoid you.  Both grizzlies and black bears frequent the Iceberg Lake Trail.

Grizzly Bear, Iceberg Lake Trail, Glacier National Park
There are definitely grizzly bears along the Iceberg Lake Trail, so be sure to talk loud so they know you're coming and can have time to avoid you.

Iceberg Lake Trail, Glacier National Park
If you hit it right, the beargrass along the Iceberg Lake Trail is legendary.

Iceberg Lake, Glacier National Park
The Iceberg Lake Trail is one of the most popular hikes in Glacier National Park.

Iceberg Lake Trail, Glacier National Park
There is always plenty of snow at Iceberg Lake early in the season. 


Iceberg Lake, Glacier National Park
Iceberg Lake, Glacier National Park. 

Iceberg Lake, Glacier National Park
This is a view of Iceberg Lake from Crowfeet Mountain.  The lake is covered in ice.  The lake to the left is called Shangri La.  The peak to the left is Mount Wilbur, and to the right of Mt. Wilbur is Iceberg Peak.

Grizzly Bear, Iceberg Lake Trail, Glacier National Park
This grizzly was actually walking ON the Iceberg Lake Trail!

Iceberg Peak, Iceberg Lake Trail, Glacier National Park
The highest point on the huge walls surrounding Iceberg Lake is the amazing Iceberg Peak.  It's 3,000 feet straight down from the summit to the lake, and the photo below is what it looks like from up there.....
 
Iceberg Lake, Glacier National Park
This is a view of Iceberg Lake from the summit of Iceberg Peak.  It's 3,000 vertical feet straight down to the lake!!!  (For more views from the summits of Glacier National Park, click here.)

Mount Wilbur, Iceberg Lake Trail, Glacier National Park
You will definitely enjoy your hike to Iceberg Lake in Glacier National Park!

Iceberg Lake Trail Map, Glacier National Park
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