Iceberg Lake | Glacier National Park

Iceberg Lake is a beautiful location within Glacier National Park and as its name says, there are small iceberg pieces that float on the lake well into summer. The lake sits at 6094 feet, directly beneath sheer cliffs shaped like a horseshoe bowl. The surrounding peaks tower over 2500 feet above the icebergs, giving the area a dramatic look and feel. During the day of our hike, there was bad weather moving into the area, but that didn’t stop us from taking the nearly 10 mile round trip and 1300 feet elevation change to the base of the turquoise blue water.

In the image below, you can see my good friend continuing on the path around to the left of the lake. I had just finished composing the image and setting up my tripod and was able to capture the scene of his hike along the path, which helps give perspective to the massive area.

Iceberg Lake | Glacier National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

Hiking / Photography Insight: The hike up to Iceberg Lake should be taken as early as you can make it up. Since the opening to the lake faces East beneath a horseshoe bowl, the shadows on the cliffs can be severe if visited in the afternoon hours. Or consider visiting the location on a overcast day, as it will help create even lighting on the cliffs, although you will sacrifice some color within the lake as the sky and bright sun help give the water its amazing color.

Print Purchase: If you’re interested in purchasing a photographic print, the image above (and all images posted on my blog) are available in all sizes. Please email be directly through the ‘contact Jay’ link located at the top of the page.

One Response

  1. Great photo! The skies do look somewhat threatening!

    September 26, 2012 at 6:19 pm

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