St Mary Falls (or Saint Mary Falls if I spell it all out) was an interesting two-tiered waterfall where we just so happened to see some colorful foliage growing nearby it. The foliage added color to our waterfall photographs as you can see from the photo on the top of this page, for example. The water on the falls also exhibited some of that powder blue that seemed to be so typical of glacial streams so I'm sure that the color in the water would have been amplified (contrasting nicely with the red rocks around the falls itself) under better weather than what we experienced during our trip in 2010.
It took Julie and I a little over an hour to do this 2-mile round trip hike, but we were intending to make it a 3.6-mile round trip hike out to Virginia Falls going past this falls. The problem was that the trail was closed before reaching Virginia Falls due to grizzly bear activity. I guess we'll have to come back for that one the next time we visit this park.
Speaking of which, during the real scenic part of the hike when majestic mountains towered in the distance over the trees that we were descending towards, we noticed a tall cascade in the distance. We couldn't tell if that was Virginia Falls or some other waterfall, but we thought it was in the general direction of where Virginia Falls would be.
At the one-mile point of the well-signed hike, we reached a footbridge where we got direct views of the Saint Mary Falls. As we looked away from the falls and further downstream, the panorama was nice as it featured tall and pointy mountains rising high above the forest we were in. However, I'm sure the views would've been even better if the weather was better.
From the St Mary Visitor Center, drive about 11 miles west on the Going-to-the-Sun Road looking for the pullout for St Mary Falls on the left side of the road (just under a mile beyond the bridge by Sunrift Gorge).
To give you some context, St Mary was under 9 miles south of Babb and 203 miles (3.5 hours drive) north of Helena. Across the US-Canada border, St Mary was 47 miles (an hour drive) southeast of Waterton and 180 miles (3 hours drive) south of Calgary.
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