Day Hikes St Mary ~ a slow hiker's guide™


St. Mary Trails Trail Map

As of July 22, 2015 ALL trails in St Mary valley were closed due to the Reynolds Creek Wildland Fire

New parking lot for St Mary / Virginia Falls.

Added another trail ~ Fall of 2015

Triple Divide Pass Trail from Cut Bank Campground.

A slow hikers guide™ to Glacier National Park Wildflowers
Available on iBooks wildflower book cover

A slow hiker's guide™ to Glacier National Park Wildflowers

Whitefish Pilot article on my Wildflower Guide.

Hauling drinking water from St Marys Lake USGS 1913 Glacier National Park

Lake McDonald Area Trail Map

Logan Pass, St. Mary and Many Glacier Area Trail Map

Two Medicine Area Trail Map

North Fork Area Trail Map

Most maps are rectangles, many of the trails that you would think of as being in the Saint Mary area fall within the rectangle of the Logan Pass Trails map.

In Glacier National Park the non-winter season is VERY short. Wildflowers bloom as soon as the snow melts, sometimes within hours, others within days. The trick to enjoying wildflowers is to follow the melting snow.

Below wildflowers on the Red Eagle Trail June 17, 2008, bottom Saint Mary Lake frozen on May 11, 2008. The wildflower photo was taken directly across Saint Mary Lake in a meadow on the Red Eagle Trail surrounded by trees burnt during the Red Eagle Fire.

2008 was a very wet spring in Montana. Hiking on the east side didn't open up till late June for some trails and mid July for others. The photo below was taken May 11, 2008 from Going to the Sun Road across Saint Mary Lake.

Bear Spray is available at the general store in Rising Sun.

st mary map