Glacier: Going to the Sun and St. Mary Falls

In my first post about Glacier National Park I mentioned the long shuttle bus ride up to Logan Pass.  Because that took so long we drove our truck the next day.  What a difference!  We were up to Logan Pass within an hour, and the drive was spectacular!

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Going to the Sun Road

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At one point beyond Logan Pass we went through a tunnel that literally looked like we were “Going to the Sun”!

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Jackson Glacier

We stopped to hike to St. Mary Falls which was incredible!  The trailhead parking lot was full so we ended up parking at the Sunrift Gorge trailhead just a little further down the road.  That turned out to be such a blessing!  I think the round-trip hike from the St. Mary Falls trailhead is only a mile or two, but from the Sunrift Gorge trailhead the round-trip hike was about 4 miles.  Trust me, it’s worth it!  The trail starts under this bridge.  To the right you can walk up some stairs to see the Sunrift Gorge, then go to the left and walk the short trail to Baring Falls.

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After Baring Falls, we hiked along the St. Mary Lake which was such a spectacular turquoise color.  I was so glad we had to park farther away; otherwise, we would have missed this.

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St. Mary Lake

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We also got to see a moose along the trail.  I’m not sure if you can see it, but there is a moose in between the trees in the middle of the picture below.

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Soon we arrived at St. Mary Falls.  Two waterfalls flowing into the most beautiful blue-green water — amazing!

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St. Mary Falls

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What a beautiful day!  Next up, my favorite hike we did at Glacier — Grinnell Glacier.

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3 thoughts on “Glacier: Going to the Sun and St. Mary Falls

  1. A blessing in disguise, what a find!

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  2. What a gorgeous day, and how awesome to spot a moose, too! It’s so neat to see how different the same area can look depending on the weather and time of the year. Still beautiful; just a different look. Lovely turquoise!

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