Iceberg Lake

About a week and a half ago, I picked up my friend from work, Cindy, and we headed over the Going to the Sun Road with two possible destinations in mind: Grinell Glacier or Cracker Lake.

We did neither of them.

Instead, we decided to go to Iceberg Lake, which was in the same area but has actual icebergs in it. I figured seeing icebergs floating in the lake would be pretty cool.

It was, but that wasn’t even the highlight of the trip. The highlight was the walk there. The trail makes a quick ascent right at the start, then levels out to a more gradual incline so that the last few miles let the gorgeous views take your breath away, rather than doing it through a cardio workout. As I approached Iceberg Lake, I had the distinct feeling that I was about to happen upon Rivenedell, with the river forming small waterfalls and wildflowers everywhere. Bear grass covered steep hillsides above me. The trail looked forward to the mountains and back at the valley we’d just climbed through, so both the walk in and out were beautiful. This is my favorite hike I’ve gotten to do this year.

Iceberg Lake
Bear grass and the cliffs of insanity!!
Bear grass along the trail leaving the lake
More bear grass
Also bear grass
The Rivendell-esque approach to the lake, feat. Bear Grass
Cindy dipping her feet in some super warm water. There was bear grass behind us.

Published by Andrea Umfleet

Writer, Backpacker, Freelance Technical Editor. Owner of Trask Mountain Editing. I like the Oxford comma.

3 thoughts on “Iceberg Lake

  1. Dear Andrea; Such lovely photos, I don’t recall seeing Bear Grass, although Grandpa knows what it is. He sends you his love!! We went out this am to Yamhill and picked Blackberries by Beulah park. Picked 2 large hallocks of berries..not hot out, just right! I plan on making some more blackberry add to the wild plum jelly and boysenberry blackberry mix jelly..and am planning on a wonderful batch of peach pit jelly!! I am just a chemist at heart!!
    Looks like your friend Cindy and you had a wonderful hike..Is the lake where she soaked her feet in really warm? Well, I must go for now, but glad you are having a wonderful time!! We loveYou!! Grandma and Grandpa M!!


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