Feeling adventurous, but don’t want to hike a strenuous trail? The St. Mary and Virginia Falls area is rated as one of the best hikes in Glacier National Park (and in a park with over 700 miles of trails, that’s saying something). On this easily accessed hike, visitors explore waterfalls but also get expansive views of mountain wilderness. And what’s better, you’re looking at a hike that’s 3.6 miles round trip, with only a few hundred feet of total elevation gain. In short, this is an unmissable trail.

You can continue on the trail for more views of the lake, or head back to the trailhead.

Parking is limited at the St. May Falls trailhead, so plan on arriving early or taking the shuttle. This is one of the most popular hiking spots in the park for the reasons outlined above: it’s beautiful and it’s fairly easy!

Have you hiked on this trail? What are some other trails in Glacier National Park that you recommend? Let us know in the comments!

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