This is a short little hike along Saint Mary Lake on the east side of Glacier National Park. The out-and-back route begins and ends at Going To The Sun Point. The distance makes it a very family-friendly hike, with big views of Saint Mary Lake, the mountains towering above you on all sides, wildflowers dotting the trailside, a rustic bridge across a rushing creek, and the namesake Baring Falls. Even if you’re yearning for big miles, this little hike is worth the short detour.
There’s a decent sized parking lot at Going to the Sun Point, which is also popular for picnics and just soaking in the views. The trail begins heading (appropriately) toward the sun, following the shores of Saint Mary Lake as you make your way west.
You pass through sections scarred by wildfires, where new growth and wildflowers abound.
After roughly 0.8 miles, you reach Baring Creek. The falls are very close, but you’ll want to cross the rustic wooden bridge to get the best view.
When you cross the bridge, turn right alongside the creek for your best view of the falls.
A lot of water was pushing over Baring Falls, and the mist was chilly. While it’s not the biggest waterfall around, it still quite scenic, especially so close to the lake.
When hiking trails in Glacier National Park, be sure to check with the ranger station for the latest information and warnings about bear sightings. We didn’t see any bears on this trail, but we did see about five bears in Glacier National Park. They are there, and it’s wise to follow the park service recommendations to keep both you and the bears safe.
Baring Falls Trail Map & Elevation Profile
Glacier National Park Weather Forecast
Friday 01/18 0%
Cloudy early followed by partly cloudy skies and gusty winds this afternoon. High 38F. WSW winds at 10 to 15 mph, increasing to 20 to 30 mph.
Saturday 01/19 20%
Windy with increasing clouds. High 41F. Winds WSW at 25 to 35 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 50 mph.
Sunday 01/20 80%
Cloudy with periods of snow during the afternoon. High near 35F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 80%. 1 to 3 inches of snow expected.
Monday 01/21 20%
Partly cloudy skies. High 31F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.
Originally hiked on June 23, 2017 with Jason.