Iceberg Lake
Indian Paintbrush Flowers Bloom on Rainy Mountain

When the trail to Grinnell Glacier was closed, we made plans for a different hike in the Many Glacier area and chose the trail up to Iceberg Lake. The weather the day of our hike was iffy and to be honest, we started the hike and then turned around in our car to sleep for a bit while some rain cleared (4 am wake up calls were starting to wear on us....) The trick worked and by the time we started hiking, rainbows were popping out over fields of wildflowers. 

Wildflowers Bloom Under Full Rainbow

We passed the lovely Ptarmigan Falls about halfway up the hike.

The misty weather returned to meet us up at the top of the hike. We snapped a few photos but spent most of our time at the top huddling with other hikers behind a set of bushes that was offering shelter from the wind. On our way back down, a ranger asked if we saw anyone swimming in the lake, which is apparently a popular place to (illegally) cool off in the summer heat. There was no swimming, or even toe-dipping, on our trip to Iceberg Lake. 

After our hike, we grabbed a late lunch at the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn and then went out to explore more around the Grinnell complex.

 Kelly looking out over Ptarmigan Falls on our way back down from the lake (it took a long time to warm up on the way down).

Kelly looking out over Ptarmigan Falls on our way back down from the lake (it took a long time to warm up on the way down).

Total Distance: ~9 miles with ~1200 feet of elevation gain