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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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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