It doesn’t take very long on the Iceberg Lake trail in Glacier National Park to understand why it’s perhaps the most popular hike in the Many Glacier area. A steep first section quickly gives way to a nice gradual ascent all the way to the lake with views all around. We had a perfect bluebird day with temperatures in the upper 70s that brought our wide eyes to the lake.
I was a last minute addition to a large group of friends heading over to the Many Glacier area. A friend’s sister was in town and we were giving her a taste of Glacier. Huckleberries were aplenty and later summer flowers such as Fireweed and Gaillardia were in bloom. We were stoked to still see icebergs floating out in the middle of the lake.
As far as extra curricular activity, I decided to perform my first swim in the lake. I did it with a little bit of style, by swimming out onto a ‘berg and then cannonballing into the water. Was it cold? Um, yes. To give you an idea, when I got on the snow, it didn’t feel any colder than the water and all you really feel is discomfort. It is, however, very refreshing and I’d do it all over again.
Another friend of mine, Josh Bowers (with the help of Garner Dumas), accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and had a bucket of Iceberg Lake water dumped on his head.