Iceberg Lake, Glacier National Park

Some of the most classic glacier scenery is offered to all visitors of this national park.
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Some of the most classic glacier scenery is offered to all visitors of this national park.

This aquamarine gem defines classic Glacier scenery. The chill water is guarded by sheer rock walls on three sides, with a trailside waterfall perfectly situated for a lunch break, brilliant wildflowers, frequent grizzly sightings, and an easy, 9-mile round-trip hike. Start early to avoid the crowds. The trailhead is behind the Swiftcurrent Inn in the Many Glacier area.

drive time: Missoula: 4 hours

guides:Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks, by Erik Molvar ($15). Trails Illustrated map Glacier/Waterton Lakes National Parks #215 (800-962-1643; www.backpacker.com/mapstore; $10).

contact:Glacier National Park, (406) 888-7800; www.nps.gov/glac