Glacier National Park Information


Saint Mary Falls and Virginia Falls
In Glacier National Park

2.4 miles round trip.

Saint Mary Falls 1 mile from the lake
The Trailhead is located at a pullout, 10.5 miles west of Saint Mary on Going-to-the-Sun Road.

We have heard this is a superb area for photography so bring our camera gear with us. As we begin the walk we come to a small meadow filled with wildflowers. To the north, Going-to-the-Sun Mountain towers overhead and we capture our first photos of the day. The trail is good as we travel through a wooded area and several hikers are on the trail this morning. Some stop to chat, while others are on a serious mission to conquer some distant trail.

Crossing a footbridge over Saint Mary River, Saint Mary Falls is just upriver. The sound of the falls can be heard for quite a distance. This is a very scenic area with the double falls and the river winding toward us through the grasses, wildflowers and green shrubs. Dippers are searching for food near the falls and flying to their nest by the river to feed the baby birds there. We are fascinated by their activities and take time to watch their routine. The sun is shining just right and a rainbow appears in the mist from the falls. This is a good time of day for some more photos.

Virginia Falls not far from Saint Mary Lake

Moving up the trail along Virginia creek there is another falls, unnamed and sometimes referred to as Lower Virginia Falls. We continue on along Virginia Creek and hear Virginia Falls long before we come to the footbridge crossing the creek below the falls. The waterfall is fifty feet high and falls straight down creating a very loud roar. After some photos are taken we begin our return trip, stopping at St. Mary Falls to enjoy the view and have a snack. We take our time and arrive back at the trailhead four hours after beginning our adventure.


St Mary Falls and Virginia Falls 2.4 miles round trip from St Mary Parking Area.
Written by Jan Rapelje.

  1. Saint Mary Falls
    1.1 miles
  2. Baring Falls
    1.0 miles
  3. Virginia Falls
    1.8 miles
  4. Sun Point
    1.6 miles
  5. Sunrift Gorge
    1.2 miles
  6. Gunsight Lake
    6.9 miles