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Saint Mary Falls

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St. Mary Falls - Glacier National Park, Montana

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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     Glacier National Park, one of America's largest national parks, boasts over one million acres. Located in northern Montana near the Canadian border, Glacier connects to Waterton Lakes National Park and together the duo is known as the International Peace Park. Glacier is best known for spectacular mountains views, the fantastic 50 mile long Going-to-the-Sun Road, its glaciers and ice fields, pristine alpine lakes, a wide variety of wildlife and 700 miles of trails.
     The park area was known as the backbone of the world and remains sacred to the Blackfoot Tribe. The backbone, or Continental Divide, runs midway through the park and crosses the St Mary River - Glacier National Park, Montana Sun Road at Logan Pass. The Going-to-the-Sun Mountain, one of the park's majestic peaks and inspiration for naming the main park road, is directly across from this alpine visitor center.
     One of the park's popular waterfall hikes leads to Saint Mary Falls. The two tiered 50 foot cascade is located on the eastern side of the park. Interrupting the flow in Saint Mary River, the falls are just west of Saint Mary Lake. The falls area is easily reached by a sloped trail and is under a mile from the Sun Road. Adding Virginia Falls into this hike, the pair create about a two hour trip out and back.

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