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“Bears, moose, and views!”
Review of Iceberg Lake Trail

Iceberg Lake Trail
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Owner description: Hikers often wear bells and strike up loud conversations, so as not to startle the bears on this back country trail.
Reviewed 24 August 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 to the tunnel! ) came back to Iceberg Lake junction and steady climbed to the lake. It was crowded when we got there, as it was later in day. Return trip to trail head gave us the chance to see bull moose on trail and grizzly foraging for berries at same spot when we came up trail! Grinnell glacier hike more scenic vistas for sure.

2  Thank JenniferD5
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Reviewed 23 August 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.

3  Thank DerekHulme
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Reviewed 23 August 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.

2  Thank Anita N
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Reviewed 22 August 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 path just 4 or 5 yards in front of us. Obviously, these made the adrenaline flow, but we never felt threatened. The bears seemed happy to let us go our way as long as we didn't interupt what they were doing. The only other wildlife we saw were ground squirrels, loads of them.
After the first couple of hundred yards the path to the lake is a steady incline, not too strenuous. However, the fact that it is a steady decline on the way back is welcoming when your legs are more tired. The scenery varies from open meadows & views across the mountains, to wooded areas, before reaching the Iceberg Lake, which is stunning. We were there on a nice sunny, warm day & the challenge seemed to be to wade across to have your picture taken on an iceberg. You soon realise how cold the water is!!!
With the wildlife & scenery this hike is the full package. At 10 miles it is a reasonable challenge that you should allow around 5 hours to complete.

4  Thank CCJ1958
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Reviewed 22 August 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 of the many glaciers that are melting away in the park). A really beautiful spot and a great lunch stop.

1  Thank stempster
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