Sun Point Nature Trail

Saint Mary, Montana 59417

Sun Point Nature Trail

Sun Point Nature Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This short trek offers excellent views of St. Mary Lake and concludes with a stunning waterfall. It is a self-guiding nature trail with pamphlets available at the beginning of the trail. The hike begins by dipping to reach a fork in the trail. Bear left on a spur path to make the short climb to Sun Point, which overlooks St. Mary Lake. A sign points out the names of the massive summits that ring the lake. These summits have a reddish cast because they are composed of Grinnell argillite, a mudstone that is rich in iron and turns red as the iron oxidizes. During the uplift that created the Rocky Mountains some sixty-five million years ago, these old seafloor sediments were tilted skyward, and the direction of the tilt can be seen today in the slant of the rock strata."

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Trail Information

Saint Mary
Nearby City
1.3
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
1 hour
Duration
Year-round
Season
Glacier National Park
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