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Saint Mary Falls and Virginia Falls TR, MT

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,730 feet
Elevation Gain 110 feet
Accumulated Gain 350 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5-2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.95
Interest Historic, Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
Dogs not allowed
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57  2019-07-06 tibber
7  2017-07-01 friendofThunderg
38  2014-07-20 tibber
45  2012-08-08
Saint Mary Lake and Boat Tour and Hike
20  2011-07-21 writelots
56  2011-07-21 tibber
8  2011-07-13 seattlehiker
13  2011-06-19 gummo
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Author Grasshopper
author avatar Guides 46
Routes 480
Photos 8,786
Trips 543 map ( 5,393 miles )
Age 75 Male Gender
Location Scottsdale, AZ
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Preferred   Jun, Sep, May, Jul
Sun  4:32am - 8:41pm
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sweet it is
by Grasshopper

Likely In-Season!
SAINT MARY FALLS: .8ml one way(+35ft); VIRGINIA FALLS: 1.55mls one way(+110ft); These two very popular falls are a short hike off the historic "Going-to-the-Sun-Road". The Saint Mary Falls trail receives heavy use, is well maintained, and is easy to hike. The dense, deep-green forest is made up mostly of Douglas fir and maple trees. The grown cover consists mainly of beargrass, snowberry, and thimbleberry bushes. This beautiful trail setting parallels Virginia Creek prior to arriving at a footbridge crossing the mighty flowing St. Mary River for a close-up view of Saint Mary Falls. Continuing past the footbridge, you parallel the confluence of the St. Mary River and Virginia Creek. Huge volumes of water converge here, most notably in June and early July when the alpine snowfields melt. Soon you will hear the thundering roar on the approach to Virginia Falls long before your arrival. The water that feeds thundering and misty Virginia Falls mostly comes from Citadel Mtn and Almost-A-Dog Mtn areas to the south...SWEET IT IS!!

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2008-07-23 Grasshopper
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

Permit $$

Glacier National Park
$30 per car(week), $12 bike/foot(week), $50 annual View Current Entrance Fees

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
From Saint Mary,MT at the intersection of Hwy 89: Drive west via the Glacier NP- Saint Mary entrance road to the GNP entrance/pay station; You are now at the east end of the historic(50ml) "Going-to-the-Sun-Road"; From this GNP entrance/pay station continue driving southwest for 10.9mls to a small parking area on the Left side of road; This is the beginning TH start for the "shortcut trail" to St. Mary Falls and Virginia Falls; Note: this "shortcut trail" cuts approx 2.8mls R/T off the TRUE START of this hike at SUN POINT Parking and TH(9.6mls in on same road);
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