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Iceberg Lake & Ptarmigan Lake Trail, MT
Description 8 Triplogs 0 Topics
RatedFavorite   Wish List Region
 North Central, MT
Difficulty ?    Route Finding
Distance Round Trip 12.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,962 feet
Elevation Gain 1,714 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,441 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 25.01
Interest Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
Author Unregistered
Descriptions 3,738
Routes 0
Photos 0
Trips 248 map ( 429 miles )
Age ?
Rated Viewed All Mine Friends
92  2014-07-21 tibber
9  2012-09-12 gummo
23  2011-07-14 seattlehiker
11  2010-08-18 gummo
28  2010-08-09 Vaporman
78  2010-07-19 tibber
160  2010-07-19 desertgirl
9  2009-08-19 gummo
7  2009-08-16 gummo
7  2009-08-15 gummo
13  2006-09-10 Crzy4AZ
Trailhead Forecast
Historical Weather
NPS Glacier NP
Dogs not allowed
Official Route
Alternative Routes
Nearby Hikes Area Water Sources
direct air miles away to trailhead
0.2  Bullhead Lake
0.2  Swiftcurrent Pass
0.3  Ptarmigan Tunnel
0.3  Fishercap Lake
0.3  The Grinnell Complex
0.4  Swiftcurrent Nature Trail
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     Bighorn Sheep
     Columbian Ground Squirrel
     Dusky Grouse
     Grizzly Bear
     Long-horned Beetle
     Marmot (Hoary)
     Mule Deer
     Red-tailed Chipmunk
     Rocky Mountain Goat
     Alpine Leafy-bracted Aster
     Alpine Paintbrush
 Arrowleaf buckwheat
     Bead Lily
     Beargrass NW USA and Canada
     Birchleaf Spiraea
   Bog laurel
   Bog orchid
     Bracted Honeysuckle
     Bracted Lousewort
 Common snowberry
   Common Yarrow
     Cow Parsnip
 Cutleaf anemone
 Dawson's angelica
   Death Camas
     False Hellebore (Corn Lily)
     Fool's Huckleberry
     Glacier Lily
     Heal-All, Self-Heal
     Indian Paintbrush
     Lyall's Penstemon
   Many-Flowered Stickseed
     Meadow Rue
   Mountain Buttercup
     Mountain Heather
     Pearly Everlasting
 Pine sap
   Pointedtip Mariposa Lily
     Purple Fringe
   Red Monkey Flower
     Rocky Mountain Clematis
   Rosy pussytoes
 Roundleaf alumroot
 Shinyleaf spirea
   Showy Milkweed
     Shrubby Cinquefoil
     Sitka valerian
   Spring Beauty
   Streambank wild hollyhock
 Subalpine fleabane
     Subalpine Spiraea
     Subalpine/Corkbark Fir
     Sulphur Buckwheat
     Thinleaf huckleberry
     Unidentified Flora
     Unidentified Lupine
     Western False Hellebore
     Western Mountain Ash
     Western Saxifrage
     Western Shooting Star
     Western Yarrow
   White Camas
     Wild Chives
     Wild Strawberry
     Yellow Columbine
     Yellow Penstemon

Overview: Three Hikes in One: ICEBERG LAKE HIKE= 9.4mls R/T(+1150')or PTARMIGAN LAKE HIKE= 9.0mls R/T(+1714') or BOTH= 12.8mls R/T(+2441 AEG); Like the Grinnell Glacier Hike in this Many Glacier Section of Glacier NP, the Iceberg Lake Hike is very popular. In my opinion, doing "both" the Iceberg Lake and Ptarmigan Lake hike equals twice the fun and scenic beauty. These two Alpine Lake hikes begin and end from the same TH and take the same trail in paralleling Iceberg Creek/Ptarmigan Creek for 2.8mls before the trail intersection(Left for 1.9mls to Iceberg Lake at 6100' or Right for 1.7mls to Ptarmigan Lake at 6655'). Roaring Ptarmigan Falls comes into view over a bridge crossing at 2.6mls in. The views begin at the TH and before long there is a panoramic look up the Swiftcurrent Creek Valley all the way to Swiftcurrent Pass at 7195'. Bighorn Sheep, an occasional Bear, and the beautiful and unusual Glacier White Mountain Goats may be seen along these trails and at these two lake destinations.


Directions Preferred Months Jul Aug Sep Oct
Sunrise6:23am Sunset6:58pm
Road / VehiclePaved - Car Okay
Fees / Permit

National Park
$25 per car(week), $12 bike/foot(week), $35 annual View Entrance Fees

To hike
From Saint Mary,MT: Drive 9 miles north on Hwy 89 to Babb,MT; Then Left Turn onto the Glacier NP entrance road to the Many Glacier Area; Continue on the GNP entrance road passing the park entrance/pay station and passing a signed Left turn for the Many Glacier Hotel; Continue going west on this Many Glacier entrance road to its end; Just past the General Store, turn Right on a narrow road that winds around the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn's cabins; Stay left on this road and follow the signs to the Iceberg Lake/Ptarmigan Lake TH parking area;
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