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St. Marys Falls
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St. Mary’s Falls is a fantastic destination for hikers. Rimmed with richly colored red rocks and vibrant moss, this treasure is a recreational high point for hikers within the east side of the park. The upper section of the falls makes a dramatic entrance by tumbling through a narrow slot then terminating against the south wall. Soon after is the main falls which makes a clean leap from its colorful surroundings. Take notice of the color of the water as it swirls downstream. It is a brilliant turquoise green with a hint of blue. This is due to glacial sediments mixing with snow and glacial melt. A little further downstream the river empties into St. Mary’s Lake. There are various tour boat rides on this lake that can extend your hiking and camping experiences. Be sure to check the local schedules for this service.
Access
The falls trailhead is just under a mile west of Sunrift Gorge and is located on the south side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road. This is a 0.8 mile hike with an elevation drop of 150 feet. If you have the time and energy, be sure to check out Virginia and Deadwood Falls. They are both within short hiking distances from St Mary’s Falls.
History
In 1921, work began on Going-to-the-Sun Road, an automobile route that would connect Lake west Glacier to Logan Pass, over the Continental Divide and then on to St. Mary Lake. By 1932, after years of grueling labor carving the highway from the mighty Garden Wall cliffs, the road was finally finished. Its engineers rejected the typical multiple switchbacks road style (common in the Alps of Europe), instead they designed a route requiring only two major turns.
Camping
Rising Sun Campground is a great campground that is located where they say "the mountains meet the prairies". This spot is just west of the town of St. Mary and halfway along St. Mary’s Lake on the north side of the Gong-to-the-sun Road... [More]
St. Mary Campground is the largest campground on the east side of the park. Located one half mile from the St. Mary visitor center, this splendid place has a few extra amenities that many campgrounds lack (flushing toilets, etc.)... [More]

Falls Information
Area: North West MT
Stream name: St. Mary's River
Stream size: Small River
Falls height: 40 ft.
Elevation: 4560
Latitude: 48.667896270752
Longitude: -113.610389709473
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