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Iceberg Lake Trail

Glacier National Park, MT
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Type: Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking
Description: Hikers often wear bells and strike up loud conversations, so as not to startle the bears on this back country trail.
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West Midlands, UK
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70 reviews 70 reviews
16 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This I believe is described as a moderate hike. I am not very fit but did not find this too strenuous apart from the first 0.4 mile which is quite a steep climb up steps. Apart from that the 4.9 mile walk to the lake was just a gradual incline. We were lucky to see a grizzly bear within about... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

About 1 mile up this hike takes you through berry patches where we encountered a grizzly who. Mae on to the trail and walked towards us about 20-25 feet ahead! Exhilarating experience! After ptarmigan falls, we took Ptarmigan Tunnel trail at junction ( this added a scenic - strenuous climb past Ptarmigan lake and up a challenging series of switchbacks... More

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Sydney,Australia
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79 reviews 79 reviews
7 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is quite a long half-day hike, around 5-6 hours allowing for time at the lake to view the icebergs and wildflowers, also the amazing cliffs bordering the lake.There is also a nice waterfall a bit more than half way.

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Pensacola
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Wow, how many people get the opportunity to swim out to a glacier and stand up on it in the middle of the summer? Two of our four boys were crazy enough to take the plunge and now have pictures to prove it. This was a relatively easy hike with BIG rewards. Highly recommended.

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
23 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We chose this hike not only for the scenery, but also in anticipation of seeing our first bear in the wild. We weren't disappointed on either point. Just 15 minutes into the walk we came across a bear munching away just 20 yards from us. Totally unconcerned by our photographing. We had two further bear encounters, including one crossing the... More

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washington, dc
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52 reviews 52 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We got an early start and had the trail largely to ourselves. That is, until we happened upon a grizzly bear chowing down on berries no more than 15 yards away. A truly awesome experience. The hike leads to Iceberg Lake, where the very hearty like to take a dip in the freezing water amid the icebergs (remnants of one... More

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lansdale, pa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Beautiful blue water with floating ice awaits you. Bring plenty of water since it is 10 miles round trip. Scan the cliffs for mountain goats.

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Bermuda
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33 reviews 33 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

If you have one hike to do on your trip, do this one. It's almost 10 miles round trip but worth every mile once you get there. The first 1/4 mile can be strenuous but then it tapers off. The views along the way are very nice - waterfalls, flowers, grouse - no bears, thank God. There were a lot... More

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Hollandale
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I have not done much hiking in the past, but we were on vacation at several national parks this year and did a day hike at each one. This was the one we did at Glacier. The whole hike has great views, you don't have to wait for the pay off at the end. We saw a black bear near... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

My wife, sister, and brother-in-law hiked the Iceberg Lake trail in late July. The trail itself is a 9 mile round trip in and out hike. The trail offers many geat views, including many lakes and mountain peaks set against the bright blue sky. We saw a grizzly bear about 100 yards off the trail on our way out, and... More

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