• Gabriella Viola

Hiking to Iceberg Lake in Glacier National Park (2021)


Iceberg Lake hike in glacier national Park

Summer 2021 is off to a crazy start in Glacier National Park. Due to overcrowding, the park implemented a ticketed entry system for the busiest section of the park: Going-to-the-Sun Road and the attractions accessed from it, during prime park hours between 6 am and 5 pm.


But, if you want to skip all that ticket entry drama, then consider the Many Glacier area of Glacier National Park. This section of the park does not require an entry ticket. Aside from that, it's home to two of the most jaw-dropping hikes in Glacier National Park. The Grinnell Glacier Trail and the Iceberg Lake Trail. This post will cover Iceberg Lake.


If you want to try your hand at obtaining the very difficult-to-get $2 entry ticket, here is the link. Don't worry if you can't get one. You can still drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road before 6 am or after 5 pm. We did it after 5 pm from the St. Mary's entrance, and it was a great time to go in terms of the lighting.


Now, on to Iceberg Lake!

ICEBERG LAKE HIKE STATS

  • Distance: 9.7 miles out-and-back.

  • Elevation Gain: 1,300 feet (roughly).

  • Location: Many Glacier Area in Glacier National Park.

  • Trailhead: Swiftcurrent Motor Inn in Many Glacier.

  • Length of Time: 6 hours (roughly)

  • When to Go: Mid-June through September

  • Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging- due to length of the trail, possible snowpack, and a river crossing if the footbridge is removed. (It was removed when we went).


Iceberg Lake hike in glacier national Park

WHAT TO PACK

  • Sunscreen.

  • A hat for added protection.

  • Bear Spray.

  • Bug Spray.

  • A raincoat- weather can change quickly.

  • Snacks and water (enough for 10-miles).

  • If you are into photography, you'll want a telephoto lens for wildlife shots ( 400mm-600mm is best ). And a wide-angle for Iceberg Lake.


OTHER TIPS

  • Dress in layers.

  • Wear comfortable hiking sneakers or boots.

  • For photos, red and yellow clothing stands out. I wore blue- big mistake! 😝

  • We went at the end of June, and there were still large icebergs over much of the lake.


Iceberg Lake hike in glacier national Park

GETTING TO THE TRAILHEAD


The Iceberg Lake Trailhead is located behind Swiftcurrent Motor Inn in the Many Glacier Area of Glacier National Park. To be on the safe side, I recommend getting there by 9 am. If you get there after 11 am, you risk not finding parking or being turned away at the entrance station due to overcrowding. We saw this happening to people on the return of our hike.