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Trail

0.6 mile 1.0 kilometer out and back
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 119' 36 m
Descent: -119' -36 m
High: 4,672' 1,424 m
Low: 4,555' 1,388 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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Trail shared by Jake Bramante

A short route down to Baring Falls below Sunrift Gorge, gets you up close and personal to the spray.

Jake Bramante

Features Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall

Family Friendly With one relatively steep section, this short hike is very manageable for families who want to get out of the car and explore a scenic waterfall.

Bring bear spray.

Overview

This short, out-and-back hike is a great excuse to stretch your legs after being in the car while following Going-to-the-Sun Road. With a decent grade heading down toward the lake, this route will get your blood flowing and the fresh air moving through your lungs.

Need to Know

This stop is very popular, so make sure you get their early, or take the park's free shuttle.

Description

To access this hike, use the Sunrift Gorge Parking Area on Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Baring Falls is a wonderful waterfall located below Sunrift Gorge. The beginning of the trail is fairly steep, but after two-tenths of a mile, it levels out at the junction with the Piegan Pass Trail that closely hand-rails St. Mary Lake. Turn right onto the Piegan Pass Trail, heading west on the trail, and you'll soon head over the bridge to the falls. The view from the bridge is great, but you can head right across from the falls to a cool overhang where you'll get up close and misted by the waterfall.

Once you've taken it all in you can take an extra little trip to a boat dock with stunning views or just head back the way you came.

This content was created by Jake Bramante of Hike 734. Visit hike734.com for more expert Glacier content and maps that help you decide which trail to hike.

Flora & Fauna

Small riparian birds such as warblers are popular here.

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Sep 6, 2018
Rachel Pierstorff
1mi
Jul 9, 2018
Ben Abbott
Took slightly different .4 mile path from boat dock from St. Mary's boat tour landing spot. Real quick and easy hike.
Jul 5, 2018
Stephanie Cairney
Jul 4, 2018
Emilee Pruitt
Awesome spot with kids! 1.8mi
Jun 20, 2018
Emily Atmore
Jun 20, 2018
Dan Gossman
Jun 17, 2018
Olivia Smith
Sep 4, 2017
Haozhun Jin

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  4.0 from 5 votes

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in St. Mary

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in St. Mary

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in Montana

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