Our destinations for today’s hike were St. Mary Falls and Virginia Falls.
Virginia Falls seen from the trail at the beginning of the hike.
The trailhead is along the Going-to-the-Sun Road near the head of St Mary Lake. The first part of the hike descends through a dense forest to the St. Mary River.
Yes, there are BEARS in the area and yes we do carry our bear spray!
The trail levels off as you reach St Mary River and St Mary Falls
The falls are quite striking. Each segment is about 20 feet high.
The water at the foot of the falls.
Once it leaves St Mary Falls the trail starts up hill through the forest and along the cascade that is Virginia Creek.
Finally the trail reaches Virginia Falls, which is 80 to 100 feet tall.
We saw flora
We also saw an American Dipper and Swainson’s Thrush, but I was unable to get a picture of either of them.
More pictures of our hike are on the slideshow