Virginia Falls ,Glacier National Park ,Glacier County, Montana, USA


Virginia Falls is another multi-tiered waterfall, with the main fall dropping roughly 50 feet, another secondary chute, and then a short cascade section at the bottom. Stepping up to the base of the main falls and feeling the spray and the blast of cool air is like instant air conditioning, even on a hot August day. You may want to note that the rocks around the falls are quite slick.
The hike to Virginia Falls begins from the St. Mary Falls Trailhead, located 10.6 miles west of the St. Mary Entrance Station on the Going-To-The-Sun Road.
With limited parking, and all three waterfalls in this area being very popular destinations, parking can be an issue during the summer season. It is recommend arriving early to find a space, or taking the shuttle from Sun Point or Rising Sun to reach the St. Mary Falls Trailhead.
The hike begins on the St. Mary Falls Cutoff Trail. For a brief segment near the beginning of the trail, as you pass through an opening in the forest, hikers will have commanding views of 8064-foot Dusty Star Mountain as it towers directly in front of you. Looking towards the south will be 8922-foot Almost-a-Dog Mountain and 9541-foot Little Chief Mountain. And if you look towards the west you'll see Fusillade, Reynolds and Heavy Runner Mountains.

To take in all the waterfalls, you went on a trail from the St Mary Falls Shuttle Stop. The is another trailhead further to the east closer to the nearest arking spaces, but that appeared to add a little to the overall hiking distance (is an additional 0.3 miles). Speaking of distances, the length of this hike from the shuttle stop to St Mary Falls is about 1.7 miles round trip. The length of the entire hike to the foot of Virginia Falls is about 3.6 miles round trip. It took you under 2.5 hours to do the entire hike, It is also possible to combine this hike with the Baring Falls hike, which started from the Sunrift Gorge. That would add another 1.8 miles to the round trip distance if you include that waterfall. 

Best time to visit -: Early Summer

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