St Mary and Virginia Falls

West Glacier, Montana

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A half-day hike from Going-to-the-Sun Road
Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks


Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

A half-day hike from Going-to-the-Sun Road

© 2012 Erik Molvar/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: West Glacier
Distance: 1.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Local Maps: Rising Sun
Driving Directions: Directions to St. Mary and Virginia Falls

Recent Trail Reviews


The walk was easy enough--both little children and seniors with canes made the trip. There are three sets of falls on the trip. St. Mary is the most photogenic, but Virginia falls are impressive. A good fifty feet before the path opened to the falls, we could feel the "air conditioning." We ate lunch at the lower view point, with the breeze from the falls keeping the bugs away and the air cool. A picnic never tasted so good.



If you want to see some beautiful falls that are easy to get to, then this is your trail. St. Mary's Falls is picturesque with its deep blue water pooling at the bottom. Continuing along the trail will get you to Virginia Falls. This is a straight waterfall that is around 80'-100' in height. You can get right up to the falls and feel the mist of the water in your face.


Lee & Debra, We hiked from the parking lot at Going-to-the-Sun Point to Virginia Falls. The scenery was fantastic. We encountered fresh bear droppings twice along the 6 mile trail and took about a hundred photos. Each of the three waterfalls was impressive in its own way along with the crashing sounds of the cascading streams we walked along. Definitely a memorable adventure.

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