Baring Falls Glacier National Park

Baring Falls can be reached by taking a small stroll in the forest that starts from Sunrift Gorge Pullout. Sunrift Gorge is located at 9.9 miles west of St. Mary Entrance along the Going-To-The-Sun road.  It is very family friendly hike that is 0.6 miles easy round trip that takes through a dense forest to the beautiful falls.

Trail Feature: Waterfalls
Trail Head: Sunrift Gorge Pull Out along Going-To-The-Sun-Road
Round Trip: 0.6 Miles
Total Elevation: 250 feet loss
Difficulty Level: Easy
Best Time to go: February – Early September

Hiking to Baring Falls Glacier National Park

Easy Hike to Baring Falls

Trail starts by taking the stairs on either side of the Sunrift Gorge Pull out point.  Climbing the stairs above takes to the Sunrift Gorge and a viewing point.  Following down south takes to sign board which is trail head for Baring falls.

The trail head is next to a stream of gushing blue waters flowing from the gorge.  Soon the trail moves in to green forest with burnt remains of trees that survived the massive fire few years ago.  The trail descends gently 250 feet and you reach Baring Falls/Sun Point junction.  

Crystal clear Water flowing down Sunrift Gorge Glacier National Park
Crystal clear Water flowing down Sunrift Gorge
Stairs going down the Stone Bridge at Sunrift Gorge Pullout Glacier National Park
Stairs going down the Stone Bridge at Sunrift Gorge Pullout
Baring Falls Trail head reaching by taking stairs next to Stone bridge
Baring Falls Trail head reached by taking stairs next to Stone bridge
Blue waters of stream flowing next to Baring Falls trail, Glacier National Park
Blue waters of stream flowing next to Baring Falls trail
Green lush vegetation with Burnt remain of trees on Baring Falls trail Glacier National Park
Green lush vegetation with Burnt remain of trees on Baring Falls trail

For Baring Falls, take right.  At 0.3 miles, there is a wooden log bridge to cross and on the right is Baring Falls that drops down from height of 25 feet.

Take Right for Baring Falls Glacier National Park
Log Bridge at  Baring Falls stream
Log Bridge at Baring Falls stream
Baring Falls dropping down 25 feet from red rocks Glacier National Park
Baring Falls dropping down 25 feet from red rocks
View of Burnt trees among green forest at Baring Falls Glacier National Park
Something moving in to the woods.
Deer came out of green in the wood at Baring Falls Glacier National Park
Deer came out of green in the wood at Baring Falls
Friendly Deer coming back on Baring Falls trail just ahead of us
Friendly Deer coming back on Baring Falls trail just ahead of us
Friendly Deer grazing on Baring Falls trail
Deer grazing on Baring Falls trail

Hikers looking for more adventurous waterfall hiking can proceed on trail towards St. Mary Falls. On walking ¾ mile from Baring Falls, you reach a junction for St. Mary Falls shuttle stop.  You can either wait to hop on a Glacier’s shuttle or continue walking left to junction towards St. Mary Falls. 

Baring Falls map Glacier National Park

St. Mary Falls is famous for its crystal-clear waters. Hike to St. Mary Falls is an easy 1.6 mile round trip when done from St. Mary Falls shuttle stop.

Crystal Clear blue water of St Mary Falls Glacier National Park
Turquoise Water of St. Mary Falls

Virginia Falls is another 0.8 miles past St. Mary Falls. Spur trail offers different view points to view Virginia Falls.

Baring Falls and St. Mary Falls are easy hike that can be done with small children and family. But trails are not stroller friendly. Hike to St. Mary Falls and Virginia Falls is very popular day hikes in Glacier National Park.

Parking spots at Sunrift Gorge is very limited. I highly recommend starting early in the morning to reach the trail head.  The other option is to utilize Park’s shuttle service from St. Mary Entrance station in the east or from the Logan Pass or Apgar Visitor Center in the west.

If you looking for adrenaline pumping hiking experience then hike the Highline Trail at Logan Pass.

Stay Healthy.. Happy Hiking.

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Baring Falls Glacier National Park
Baring Falls Glacier National Park

13 thoughts on “Baring Falls Glacier National Park

  1. I absolutely love every single one of your pictures. Being out in nature is an amazing feeling. Im trying to get my husband up and ready to go right now because I wanna go be in the forest. 🌳

  2. This so lovely. Just as I was reading and looking through the pictures, I kept wondering what if a bear comes out while one is there. Next thing I read, out came a deer. Lolz. But I like the Baring Falls, it’s a wonder.

  3. Fabulous photos of Glacier! This is one of our most favorite National Parks – so much hiking and the scenery is out of this world. Looks like you had a great time, and the photos are making me ache to go back.

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