St. Mary / Virginia Falls
ElevationAscent: 467' 142 m
Descent: -467' -142 m
High: 4,841' 1,476 m
Low: 4,555' 1,388 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 44% (24°)
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“A highly-visited run to a pair of powerful, rushing falls that make for a nice out-and-back route.”— Jake Bramante
After strolling through the recent burn with new views for just under a mile from the St. Mary Falls trailhead, you'll join up alongside the St. Mary River and follow it up to St. Mary Falls with a bridge over the river. All of the falls and cascading pools make for a wonderful water feature that is intricate and fascinating.
From here, continue on the trail for another two-thirds of a mile up Virginia Creek to see more small falls that lead up to Virginia Falls. It is a fairly tall waterfall that plummets with great energy. Look for the viewing platform that can be accessed using a small spur trail that is worth the short stroll. An outhouse on the other side of Virginia Creek across the bridge is available as well.
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