Iceberg Lake

West Glacier, Montana

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A day hike from Swiftcurrent Inn to Iceberg Lake. The spectacular views and only moderate difficulty of the Ptarmigan Tunnel Trail make it a preferred route among local hikers accessing the Belly River drainage. The trail passes from Swift current Inn up the Wilbur Creek Valley, turning northward past Ptarmigan Lake. High above the lake, the trail passes through a knife-edge ridge and descends to the foot of Elizabeth Lake, after covering a distance of 9.8 miles. The Ptarmigan Tunnel itself may be a day hike destination from the Many Glacier area as well as an access point to the Belly River country.
Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks

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Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

A day hike from Swiftcurrent Inn to Iceberg Lake. The spectacular views and only moderate difficulty of the Ptarmigan Tunnel Trail make it a preferred route among local hikers accessing the Belly River drainage. The trail passes from Swift current Inn up the Wilbur Creek Valley, turning northward past Ptarmigan Lake.

High above the lake, the trail passes through a knife-edge ridge and descends to the foot of Elizabeth Lake, after covering a distance of 9.8 miles. The Ptarmigan Tunnel itself may be a day hike destination from the Many Glacier area as well as an access point to the Belly River country.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: West Glacier
Distance: 4.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Local Maps: Many Glacier
Driving Directions: Directions to Iceberg Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

7/1/2002
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The tunnel (and the view from the other end of it) is an unusual finish to this mountain hike, which I did in 1986. As my wife was an inexperienced hiker then, this was the right length and altitude gain. If doing again, I would like to try the trail on the other side! We had a far off view of bighorn sheep from the pass.



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