St. Mary, MT
We left Banff bright and early on a clear day and headed east to Calgary. As we approached the city we turned southeast and worked our way to Rte. 2 where we turned to the south. We crossed the border just south of Cardston, AB with no problem. After answering a few questions about purchases and fresh vegetables (we had neither) we were sent on our way.
We returned to the campground where we stayed a month ago on our way north, Johnson’s of St. Mary, and took a water/electric site near the entrance, as we only planned to stay one night. As soon as we were set up the nimble hiker pushed us out the door and we headed into Glacier National Park. We did some great hikes here last month but there was a short hike to a couple of waterfalls that we wanted to visit. The ride into the park provided some great scenery.
We found the parking area for the St. Mary Falls trail and were fortunate there was a place for us to park. During the high season we would have had difficulty finding a parking spot as this is a short, easy hike and is very popular.
The hike to St. Mary Falls was about a mile on a trail that led slightly down hill.
We continued hiking past St. Mary Falls as the trail headed up along a creek. All along the way there were small water falls with water channeling through the rocks.
Our destination was Virginia Falls, and at a number of points we thought we might be looking at it. But we kept going and were glad we did, as soon we came to the falls we were looking for.
The area in front of the falls is quite cool and wet from the spray as the water comes crashing down from above.
As we drove back to the motorhome after our visit to the two waterfalls, the nimble hiker commented about the great weather forecast for the next day and described a long hike we missed in nearby Many Glaciers. At that point the rest of the team knew we were not leaving St. Mary in the morning. Sure enough, she called our next destination in Polson, MT and moved our reservation back one day.
So next up is a hike to Icerberg Lake. More on that later . . .