Elevation gain- a little lost at the parking area, but generally flat.
Glacier National Park is famous for its grizzlies,its mountain goats and its waterfalls. Most of these waterfalls are fairly easily accessible, as is the case with Baring Falls. Several of these (Baring, St. Mary and Virginia) can be hiked to in a half day or less from this trail.
The trail to Baring Falls starts at the Sun Point parking area on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. It can also be accessed from the Sunrift Gorge parking area, but this time we came from Sun Point. From the parking area you can either join the trail directly at the NW corner of the parking are or start from the SW corner and go to Sun Point first (top left photo). This is actually what is called the Sun Point Nature Trail and many people will only go as far as the point and back (about 100m). As you make your way to the point (top right photo), a trail will branch off to the right. After enjoying the views at the point, come back and rejoin this trail which will take you to Baring Falls.
The Baring Falls trail is basically a flat trail just above the shores of St. Mary Lake. If you continue past Baring Falls you can also hike to St. Mary Falls
and Virginia Falls
without too much difficulty. Total distance for all three would be about 5km each way, but still relatively flat. A shorter distance could be achieved by starting at Sunrift Gorge.
Sun Point parking area in Glacier National Park, Montana, about 5 miles west of St. Mary entrance.
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