St. Mary Trails Trail Map
As of July 22, 2015 ALL trails in St Mary valley were closed due to the Reynolds Creek Wildland Fire
New parking lot for St Mary / Virginia Falls.
- Baring Falls
0.3 miles drops 250 feet
wildflowers in early summer
a series of smaller falls before reaching Baring Falls
- Otokomi Lake Trail
Rose Creek Trail
5.2 miles gains 1,900 feet
This hike is on the top of my list to complete in 2011.
Snow patches are near the end of the trail as of 7-17-11
Bring extra water!
Lots of wildflowers
Lots of waterfalls
Lots of views from the trail
Did I mention bring Extra water
Lots of fish easily visible fish at Otokomi Lake
- Beaver Pond Trail
1.2 miles gains 150 feet
Parking area has trails signs for Red Eagle Trail
but not for Beaver Pond (new sign added last fall)
The Beaver Pond Loop Trail intersects
Red Eagle Trail.
Beaver Pond Loop Trail is the Best wildflower
trail in June/July.
- Red Eagle Lake Trail
- 16.2 miles Round Trip
- 8.1 miles one-way gains 300 drops 300 feet to Red Eagle Lake
- Great view hike
- Great Wildflower hike
- Strenuous based on length of hike
Added another trail ~ Fall of 2015
Triple Divide Pass Trail from Cut Bank Campground.
A slow hiker's guide™ to Glacier National Park Wildflowers
Whitefish Pilot article on my Wildflower Guide.
- Siyeh Bend/Piegen Pass/Many Glacier
12.8 miles to Many Glacier gains 1,750 feet, drops 2,640 feet
Piegan Pass is at 7,570 feet.
The Siyeh Bend Trail splits from the Piegen Pass Trail
at Preston Park.
Don't attempt Piegen Pass when trail has snow cover!
- Red Eagle Lake
Head of Red Eagle Lake 7.5 miles gains 300 feet.
- Siyeh Bend/Piegen Pass
4.5 miles to Piegen Pass gains 1750 feet
- Siyeh Bend/SunRift Gorge Trail
Historically this trail doesn't open until late July.
This is a great view hike.
Late July 2012
Late July possibly August 2011
11.1 miles gains 2,250 feet drops 3,440 feet
It's worth the effort!
This is the highest day hike pass in Glacier Park.
Views of Sexton Glacier and Piegan Glacier from this trail.
Trailhead elevation 5850 feet
Siyeh Pass elevation 8080 feet
Sunrift Gorge elevation 4760 feet
Off trail access to the base of Sexton Glacier.
- St Mary Falls
0.8 miles drops 260 feet to St Mary Falls
- Virginia Falls
1.5 miles drops 260 feet to St Mary Falls
then up just over half a mile from Saint Mary Falls and gains two hundred eighty five feet
to Virginia Falls
Drowning not Bears is the number one killer in Glacier Park
In Glacier National Park the non-winter season is VERY short. Wildflowers bloom as soon as the snow melts, sometimes within hours, others within days. The trick to enjoying wildflowers is to follow the melting snow.
Below wildflowers on the Red Eagle Trail June 17, 2008, bottom Saint Mary Lake frozen on May 11, 2008. The wildflower photo was taken directly across Saint Mary Lake in a meadow on the Red Eagle Trail surrounded by trees burnt during the Red Eagle Fire.
2008 was a very wet spring in Montana. Hiking on the east side didn't open up till late June for some trails and mid July for others. The photo below was taken May 11, 2008 from Going to the Sun Road across Saint Mary Lake.
Bear Spray is available at the general store in Rising Sun.