St. Mary/Virginia Falls – 3.1mi / 5.1km
One of the more popular day hikes in the St. Mary valley is the hike to St. Mary and Virginia Falls. Both falls are unique and beautiful. After walking in the trees 0.8 miles from the St. Mary Falls trailhead, you will come to St. Mary Falls with a bridge over the St. Mary River. All of the falls and cascading pools makes for a fantastic waterfall that is complex, beautiful and mesmerizing.
Follow the trail 0.7 miles up Virginia Creek to see even more small waterfalls leading up to Virginia Falls, which is a tall waterfall that comes down with tremendous energy. There is a viewing platform up a small spur trail that is worth the short walk, as well as an outhouse on the other side of Virginia Creek across the bridge.
Trailhead: An obvious trailhead off of Going-to-the-Sun Road is clearly marked as St. Mary Falls.
Elevation Gain/Loss: 500ft / 150m
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