St. Mary Falls
St. Mary Falls
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ksmom2Kansas
Kansas93 contributions
This hike was incredibly beautiful. We went very early on a recent weekday, and it was not crowded at all. The trail was clearly marked, and we had no difficulty with it. We then went on to Virginia Falls, which was even more spectacular. Other than Trail of the Cedars, this hike was my favorite in the park. Highly recommended!
Written July 8, 2022
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ihaveabrowndog
Carmel, IN13 contributions
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Thought I’d contribute some info that I’d been searching for before visiting, regarding bridge jumping at St Mary Falls.

1) Highly recommend - unique/fun experience that I wouldn’t pass up!

2) That said, one thing I’d do differently - you can’t over estimate how cold the water is - not sure if it was the force of the water or the temperature when entering, but it jacked up one of my ears for a couple days. At the very least, I (and others) commented on the immediate ear pain from jumping in. Don’t let this discourage you, but I’d recommend using foam ear plugs to make this a better experience.

3) My daughter and I both jumped at the same time from the two wooden braces centered over the stream… was safe and deep for us. Others there jumped from the sides, but the bridge seemed more fun to us.

4) We had no issues at all surfacing and swimming to shore. We did notice however that an older gentleman was a little stunned after surfacing, wasn’t a particularly capable swimmer, started drifting backwards towards the falls and required assistance from other jumpers to swim forward and to shore. I have basic swimming skills and had no issue at all (same for seemingly everyone else). Besides, after hitting that cold water, you will be highly motivated to get to shore!
Written July 17, 2021
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Sender S
Cleveland, OH5 contributions
The water in these falls is a beautiful greenish blue from the crushed stone in the melting glaciers. Powerful roaring falls. Hike to these falls is mostly downhill, keep in mind that the return will be uphill.
Written August 8, 2022
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solyluz
Boulder, CO156 contributions
There are three waterfalls within reasonable hiking distance. Baring, St Mary and Virginia. We could not find space at St Mary parking (most popular) so we parked at Sun Point about 1.5 miles down the road.

Hiking from Sun Point towards St Mary falls is wonderful through a burnt forest area. There is no shade but the trail is easy and with great views. Baring falls was OK.

Continued hiking to St Mary falls which were more impressive. More folks join this trail hiking down from the St Mary parking area.

Continued hiking up to Virginia falls which were most impressive. Halfway back to St Mary falls we were swept up in a stampede of 20 hikers running down the trail all shouting bear, bear, bear. It was like the scene in Jaws as panic sets in as swimmers spot the shark. People were tripping and falling on the trail taking out other hikers trying to get out of the way (my wife). It was quite a dangerous environment (tourist panic, not the bear).

As we reached St Mary falls we could hear much shouting back on the trail. Arriving hikers were turning around heading back to the parking. As we crossed the bridge , the grizzly bear exited from the trail into the river. It was HUGE. Probably trying to get away from the screaming tourists.

A great hike culminating in an adrenaline rush!!
Written October 10, 2021
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patn03
Minneapolis, MN643 contributions
Couples
Beautiful hike! If you have time it's worth going past St Mary waterfall on the trail - there are several more falls on the way to Virginia Falls. Beautiful trail with lots of waterfalls for only a few miles of walking. You don't need any special gear (hiking sticks or boots) - the trail is well marked and doesn't have any slippery spots (unless maybe it had just rained). Would highly recommend, especially as a little off day hike to keep your muscles warm between more intense days!
Written September 8, 2021
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,206 contributions
Of the 3 waterfalls on the Sun Point Trail (Baring, St Mary and Virginia), St Mary was my favorite. We tried to find parking at the small lot for St Mary Falls but could not find a spot. Therefore, we drove further to park at the large parking lot at Sun Point. We came on Monday, 8/31.

I did, however, enjoy the initial trail at Sun Point where you get good views of St Mary Lake and you can see the trees burned by wildfire. The entire hike was 7 miles round trip and it took us 3.5 hours. If I had to do over, I would not have gone to Virginia Falls which added 1.6 miles round trip to our day and I was not too impressed.
Written September 15, 2020
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UCFTia
Chicago, IL48 contributions
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Just a warning not to mistake Gunsight Pass for St Mary's trail, which seemed a bit common since there were several people on this trail that EVENTUALLY takes you to St Mary falls...if you want to hike 3.8 miles! Sharing this so others don’t make the same mistake. THIS trail is actually ALL DOWNHILL, very overgrown, and very narrow, as in only one-person wide. With very little shade. And a current daily update of “bear frequenting”. Finally, at 1.6 miles, you do hit some small waterfalls, which is where most people turned around. But going back was miserable, all uphill, sometimes pretty steep...make sure you have a walking stick. And while you see other people occasionally, it’s not enough to ease your concern of bears. The proem with this trail is that if you DO see a bear, there is literally nowhere to go! It is so overgrown that it’s literally impossible to leave the trail. You spray that bear, and now you just have an angry bear and no escape. So if you see a sign that says Gunsight, you need to drive further up the road to find the St Mary falls trail.
Written September 6, 2020
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The Places Where We Go Podcast
Simi Valley, CA944 contributions
One of three falls you can see on the main hiking trail into this area. Parking is limited around this attraction. At mid-morning, we found a space to pull our car over on the roadside, and then had to walk a bit to the trailhead. St. Mary Falls is the first of three falls you will come across in this area. We do recommend to continue on to the furthest of the falls (Virginia). An easy to moderate trail that most people can probably handle. If you want just a taste of what is here, St. Mary Falls will provide that for you. We sat just across from St. Mary Falls to enjoy our afternoon snack – can’t beat a setting like this.
Written July 1, 2021
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Christina B
Louisiana2,488 contributions
Couples
Parking for St. Mary’s Falls in very small so it may take a few try’s to find parking. There are a few other small areas that you will have to walk a little ways. Have patience. The 1 mile (2 miles RT) is a fairly easy hike up to St. Mary’s. A little moderate on the way back. There were people Cliff jumping next to the bridge into the falls water. Water & Falls are stunning in color. Just a beautiful area. If you continue on 3/4 of a mile up you’ll run into another pretty fall (has no name) and then upward is Virginia Falls, has 100 foot drop. To go there is 3 1/2 miles RT. Worth it!! Since the fire of 2015 most of the trees lower up to St. Mary’s are burned. You see new growth, but there’s no shade. The last .02 back up to parking lot is truly the worst part of the whole hike!! A must see Fall(s) !!
Written August 4, 2021
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A K
Orange County, CA12 contributions
This is a beautiful hike. It starts right off the GTSR parking lot (you can actually spot Virginia Falls through the trees from the parking lot and it seems miles and miles away). Parking is limited. You can also park at Sun Point where the hike to Baring Falls starts, and continue from there to St. Mary). From the St Mary trailhead, the hike begins with a quick downhill through burnt forest and a gradual descent to the river crossing, followed by a not-so-strenuous uphill to St. Mary Falls. . Not a lot of shade. The path is stable and easy (in fact a few runners were flying by). Virginia Falls is well worth the extra mile uphill hike with great views of the river and a lot of wildlife. Virginia Falls is stunning, and you can come fairly up close to the falls, where there is a vortex of wind and cold air generated from the falls which is refreshing after that moderately strenuous ascent. The descent is fast and easy, except for the final 1/3 mile back up to the St. Mary trailhead. My son (age 16) and I did this hike in 1 hour and 20 minutes (we went fairly fast and stopped only a few times), so for the casual hiker give yourself max 2 hours. This a must-do hike at Glacier.
Written July 19, 2022
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