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Hikers often wear bells and strike up loud conversations, so as not to startle the bears on this back country trail.
Glacier National Park, MT
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband did this hike while I was with the kids, but I feel like I went on it after viewing all of his photographs. Even though we were there in summer, there were still iceburgs floating on the lake. He said that the quiet...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed November 24, 2018

The iceberg lake trail is about 10 mile hike and takes around 7 hours or almost a full day to do the hike. We did the hike with the Ranger on July 4th holiday and the Ranger program started at 9am at the Swiftcurrent Motor...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed September 30, 2018

This was a great hike. It begins in Swiftcurrent parking lot. We arrived early in the morning and after labor day so there were no crowds. The hike itself is actually very nice and just under 10 miles long. The elevation rise is gradual so...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Santucci1
Reviewed September 19, 2018 via mobile

We did the 17-km hike in the middle of September when tundras turned into beautiful yellow and red colours. It was fantastic walking on a trail with open views to a big valley surrounded by Many Glaciers mountains. What made it even more magnificent was...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank mayiwen
Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

Did this with our extended family. About 10 miles round trip but very nice trail and easy constant grade up to the lake. We saw 4 moose along the hike and lots of bear scat Very pretty views the entire hike

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 10, 2018

We (family of 4 with 2 teenagers) hiked this trail in month of September. We started early. The hike is incredible - amazing views and plentiful wildlife. Iceberg Lake is beautiful. My children enjoyed climbing on the icebergs. The trail is moderately challenging (we are...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank ChristaN152
Reviewed August 29, 2018

Grizzlies were plentiful on this wonderful, well graded trail. Elevation gain is about 1000 feet in the five miles. Lots of berries, thus bears, which caused trail closure the day after my hike. Flowers are wonderful in late July. The Park Service advises an early...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

Hiked this beautiful trail in mid July. I had last hiked it over 20 years ago and it was exactly as I remembered it - spectacular. The elevation gain is mostly at the beginning. The trail is also mostly exposed which gives you some of...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

We initially started this trail in 2016 but were turned back because of bear activity about 45 minutes into our hike. This time on July 10 we had perfect weather and no bear issues. The trail has a steep climb as soon as trail starts...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

This is a 10-mike hike with most of the elevation gain in the first half mile. We did the hike with our 10 and 12 year old kids on a 100+ degree day. As there is little shade, make sure to stay hydrated. The views...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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July 11, 2018|
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Response from Crispy12 | Reviewed this property |
Yes indeed! The trail has very little shade.
June 11, 2018|
Response from 46Kay50 | Reviewed this property |
It took 3 hours to hike in, and a little over 2 hours to hike out (downhill, less sight seeing)
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Grinnell Glacier & Iceberg Lake - current condition question (4 Replies)
We have just arrived tonight to Glacier NP and are ready for some exploring starting tomorrow! On our list our list of hikes we hope to do, we have the Grinnell Valley and Grinnell Glacier hike (13 miles) and the Iceberg Lake hike (9.8 miles). If I'm reading the National Park's website correctly, Grinnell Glacier is yet to be opened all the way. Is this correct? Is the Iceberg Lake trail opened all the way? Have any of you done these hikes recently? How were the conditions?...More
July 26, 2014|
Response fromSmittyMN|
Im not there right to to comment on current conditions but the Web site is usually up to date. I would go to the Swiftcurrent ranger station and ask the ranger on duty for current conditions of your area. Grinnell Lake is also nice and Fishercap Lake for moose viewing early morning or around dusk. Your other hikes listed are very doable but check with a ranger, either at a station or in a visitor center, prior to going on your hike because the trail could be closed or posted for any type of...More
Little Rock, Arkansas
3 itineraries to choose from...please vote and give feedback (3 Replies)
This is for an August trip.....just my husband and I....we love to hike and tend to plan around that (as you'll see). Never been to any of these areas....just having trouble deciding how to manage our time. Feedback is much appreciated! #1(Banff/ Jasper) Friday- Fly to Calgary Saturday – Lake Louise/Banff (unscheduled) Sunday- Iceline Trail in Yoho Monday – Icefields Parkway to Jasper – Parker Ridge trail Tuesday- Jasper (unscheduled) Wednesday – Berg lake backpacking Thursday –...More
August 14, 2014|
Response fromMaryEllenM27|
Your last itinerary...WAY too long a trip and not enough quality time to do the hiking you want. Second itinerary is much better and more relaxed..better choice. First itinerary do-able...be sure to check your map for mileage...convert the kilometers into miles!!! Consider that tourist traffic and parking WILL take time too. You will enjoy yourself more if you take your time on the road and on those wonderful trails. Better well chosen hikes than a rush to several, not doing any of...More
Whitefish, Montana
Has anyone hiked Iceberg Lake trail yet this year? (2 Replies)
What are the conditions on the Iceberg Lake trail? Thanks-
July 05, 2014|
Response fromNolaRC|
One of the other chief concerns with this hike is that the icebergs may not be broken up yet this early, as shown in all the nice photos. I'm paying attention to this as well, as it may be an alternative to Grinnell Glacer in a couple of weeks.