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.
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.
Dogs: No Dogs
This stop is very popular, so make sure you get their early, or take the park's free shuttle.
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.
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Small riparian birds such as warblers are popular here.