St. Mary and Virginia Falls - Glacier National Park
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 2.4 mile round trip
  • Travel Time: 2 hours round trip
  • Elevation: 260 foot loss
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This short and easy hike in Glacier National Park takes you to 2 magnificent waterfalls.  The trailhead is located at a pullout 10.5 miles to the west of the St. Mary's entrace to the park.  The trail winds down the mountain through the forest to the St. Mary River.  There are several well marked junctions taking you to the falls.  As you approach St. Mary's falls, the trail parrallels the river for 1/4 of a mile before you cross the river over a foot bridge just below the falls.

Virginia falls is located just .7 miles past St. Mary's falls.  This falls is a step waterfall that emerges from a hanging valley above the St. Mary's valley.  

There are a couple of other ways you can get to the falls.  There is a ranger guided tour when you take one of the boats across Upper St. Mary Lake.  This trail is about 3 miles round trip and passes by another waterfall called Barring Falls.

Or you can start at the Sunrift Gorge trailhead, hiking past Barring falls and the boat dock.  This route is about 3.4 miles round trip, droping 250 ft from the Going to the Sun Road.

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