Every Wednesday Hike – Virginia Falls
Waterfall Wednesday at St. Mary & Virginia Falls
Learn about historical and cultural considerations in Glacier National Park while being wow-ed out by two majestic waterfalls on this moderate hike in the St. Mary Valley! This is an easy to moderate hike of less than 7 miles and not much elevation gain.
Other: Glacier National Park Entrance Fee (not included in price)
Guide Tip: Industry rate is 18-20% (not included in price)
Difficulty: Easy, Moderate – 6.5 miles, 775 feet in elevation gain.
Dates: Wednesdays in July 5th to September 27th.
Trip Duration: 1 Day
*Reservations required in advance.
What's Included, What to Bring
What is provided? Interpretive Guide with wilderness first aid and bear management training, van transport, lunch.
What should I bring? Day pack to carry water bottle, lunch (provided), camera/phone, binoculars, rain coat, fleece, and your Glacier National Park Pass. Comfortable hiking shoes.
Itinerary & Additional Details
Times are approximate. Trips after Labor Day start an hour later.
7:00 am – 9:00 am: Meet your guide at our West Glacier office at 7:00 am. Your guide will do a quick orientation, check over your gear for the day, and go over last minute details. We will drive nearly the length of the iconic Going to the Sun Road en route to the Sun Point trailhead.
9:00 – 11:15 am: We will hike to St. Mary and Virginia Falls through a sun-dappled forest with incredible views. We have the opportunity to hike right up to the base of these two majestic waterfalls!
11:15 am – 12:15 pm: We’ll relax and enjoy a hearty and homemade trail lunch at Virginia Falls. Our trail lunches are largely locally and organically sourced, and generally include homemade cookies, fresh fruit and vegetables, chips, and your choice of a turkey, ham, roast beef, or veggie sandwich. Our in house kitchen can accommodate nearly any dietary restriction or preference – just ask! While we eat, your guides, who are passionate and encyclopedic about Glacier National Park, will talk to you about Glacier’s history. On this hike, we focus on learning about the history of humans in Glacier, including the Salish, Kootenai, and Blackfeet Native Americans, as well as the early European trappers and explorers.
12:15 – 4:45 pm: We return along the same route, while your guide answers any questions that you might have about the park. You’ll end the day knowing more about Glacier National Park than you ever expected.
4:45 pm: Typically, we return to the Glacier Guides and Montana Raft office by 4:45 pm.
More Virginia Falls Info
Reservations required in advance. This trail can be very busy during the middle of the summer.
Meeting Notes: Guests are welcome to check in with us the day prior to departure: 406-387-5555 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The day of the trip please arrive at our office by 7:00 AM. Trips after Labor Day meet at 8 AM. Click on directions for how to find us.