East Glacier, MT
St. Mary's Campground
The Goal: Iceberg Lake
This was a hike I was most looking forward to in Glacier. I first heard about it from Pam & John of Oh, the Places they Go. They were there almost exactly a year before. I love a hike that has something just a little bit different about it. This nice 10 mile round trip hike has ICEBERGS! It's on the East side of Glacier in the Many Glacier area. This trail is in prime bear country and has warnings of heavy bear activity that they monitor closely. We made sure to be alert and whistle/make noise in the heavier wooded areas and curves in the trail. I also had my bear spray. It had been so stormy that when the weather got a short break we stayed an extra day to do this hike.
It starts out with a steep climb up a washed out area, but they are shoring that up. Then it's a more gradual uphill hike through the tree line, opening up to some great views back down to the valley.
Lots of bear poop on the trail. Glad we didn't see one this close.
|Well, the valley is around and down to the left.|
We're headed to that far back wall of snow!
Love the red rock in this area.
Bighorn Sheep on the mountainside above us.
There are many waterfalls cascading down the steep slope all along the hike.
It gets colder and windier as we climb up. Here comes the snow!
Just before you cross a creek to Iceberg Lake there is a smaller, very pretty lake.
Every now and then some blue sky would peek through the heavy clouds.
Our first peak at Iceberg as we climb over the high point. I can only imagine how blue the lake must be when the sun is out.
All bundled up in multiple layers.
Can you see the blue in the glacier in the very back? It's an absolutely gorgeous lake. Bummer, no icebergs left. If you want to see what it looks like with icebergs, check out Oh, the Places they Go to see their blog post with pictures of icebergs in the lake HERE
On the way back down we did get to see a Grizzly and later a Black bear on the mountain side, safely above us.
What a fantastic hike! One of my all time favorites!