St. Mary, MT
A beautiful lake in a spectacular settings with mountain goats, grizzly bears, and lots of humans. More people see grizzly bears along the Iceberg Lake Trail than any other hiking route in this book, partially due to the high concentration of relatively unafraid grizzlies in the Many Glacier Valley. Be extra careful to make noise and stay on the trail. Because of the high bear population, no overnight camping is allowed at Iceberg Lake. Technically, Iceberg Lake does not have icebergs, but it comes as close as any place in Montana. Chunks of ice float around in the lake, usually until September, but the “icebergs ” are larger and more scenic in July and August. Except for a short section at the very beginning, this trail climbs only 200 feet per mile, a rate most people find comfortable. Wide and relatively smooth, the trail leads through fields of wildflowers. Large flickers with pronounced reddish coloring and swooping flight patterns nest in the ghost trees along the trail. On the last segment of this hike, mountain goats and bighorn sheep are commonly seen on the grassy slopes above and to the right.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||St. Mary|
|Elevation Gain||1,000 ft|
|Season||Late June through August|
|Trailhead Elevation||5,000 ft|
|Top Elevation||6,100 ft|
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