St Mary Falls and Virginia Falls

West Glacier, Montana 59921

St Mary Falls and Virginia Falls

St. Mary Falls and Virginia Falls Professional Review and Guide

"Many Falls Trail drops into the St. Mary River valley through lodgepole forest recently burned in the Reynolds Creek Fire of 2015. As you descend to the river through charred landscape, enjoy views of the western arm of St. Mary Lake. Water-loving American dippers nest behind the silver curtains of St. Mary Falls.

Leaving the St. Mary River, you begin to follow Virginia Creek and pass views of numerous waterfalls. While hiking up the southern slope, you enter cool, wet spruce forest where the excitement culminates at the base of awe-inspiring Virginia Falls."

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"This trail is a short and pleasant stroll through sun-dappled forest to several roaring waterfalls in the valley below Goingto- the-Sun Road. From the trailhead, the trail descends to the valley floor, past well-marked trail junctions, to cross the river immediately below the thundering cataract of St. Mary Falls. Beyond the falls the forest opens up, affording views of Little Chief and Dusty Star Mountains. The path winds around the ends of several hillocks to reach Virginia Creek, which it follows for 0.5 mile past a narrow gorge. The hike ends at equally impressive Virginia Falls, which emerges from the mouth of a hanging valley. A short spur on the right leads you to the foot of the falls."

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Trail Information

West Glacier
Nearby City
3.4
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
2-3 hours
Duration
June-Oct
Season
Waterfalls
Features
Glacier National Park, Park Headquarters, PO Box 128, West Glacier, MT 59936; (406) 888-7800; nps.gov/glac/
Local Contacts
DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer Montana Page 23, C7; USGS Quad Rising Sun
Local Maps

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Oct 2018