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20 Waterfalls in Glacier You Need To See (+How To Get There)

Glacier National Park is easily one of the most beautiful parks in America. Nature lovers will be impressed by the rugged mountains and spectacular waterfalls in Glacier National Park.

It is a breathtakingly beautiful place to visit that offers some of the most spectacular views you will ever see.

With just over 1 million acres (4,000 km2) the park is one of the larger parks in the US Park System.

It includes parts of two mountain ranges (sub-ranges of the Rocky Mountains), over 130 named lakes, more than 1,000 different species of plants, and over 200 waterfalls.

During your walks in the park, you may also see some of the abundant wildlife, including grizzly bears, mountain lions, and moose.

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In this post, we describe the top 20 waterfalls of Glacier National Park, including how to get there. Let’s start with a map that shows where you can find them.

Map of Waterfalls in Glacier National Park

Here is a map where you can quickly see where the waterfalls we discuss in this article are located.

Best Glacier National Park Waterfalls

St. Mary Area

The St. Mary area is on the eastern side of the park around the St. Mary entrance, the busiest entrance on this side of the park.

It is the entrance that leads to the Going to the sun road, the most popular attraction of the park, which also explains the popularity of the entrance.

To visit this region, it is best to stay in St. Mary, a sleepy village with just 54 year-round inhabitants.

During the peak season, however, this city is bursting at the seams with a tenfold increase in the number of residents.

At St. Mary, you find numerous hotels, restaurants, as well as a gas station.

All of them are only open when the Going to the sun road is open.

When we visited late in the season, in early October, most of them were already closed.

Saint Mary Falls is an impressive waterfall in Glacier.
Saint Mary Falls

Saint Mary Falls

You should definitely not miss the Saint Mary waterfalls when you are in Glacier National Park. They are one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the park that are so easily accessible.

Not only is it only about a 1-mile hike from the road, the trail is also relatively flat with just 325 ft of elevation difference.

This is a 3-tiered fall where the 2 first tiers, the biggest and most photogenic of the 3 falls, can be enjoyed from the footbridge.

The trail to the falls is also very enjoyable. The first part offers beautiful views of the iconic Dusty Star mountain. Afterward, you follow the course of the Saint Mary River.

Most of the trail runs through new vegetation that came here after the big fire of 2015.

We did this hike towards the end of the season when the autumn foliage was kicking in. The color palette was just gorgeous.

An additional advantage of this waterfall is that you can see 3 waterfalls in one fell swoop. More about the Baring and Virginia falls below.

Here is an overview of more short hikes in Glacier National Park.

Getting to the Saint Mary Falls

There’s a small parking lot at Saint Mary falls trailhead. It’s likely to fill up quickly.

If the lot is complete you will find additional parking at Sunrfit George and Sun Point.

Sun point has the biggest parking and here you have the best chance of finding parking. Note that if you park in any of the other parkings this will add to your trail distance.

If you want to avoid parking stress you can take the park shuttle. It has a stop at Saint Mary Falls.

Baring Falls
Baring Falls

Baring Falls

The Baring waterfall is the neighbor of the Saint Mary waterfall. As they are both under a mile apart it’s easy to combine both in one single short and rewarding hike.

The Baring falls drop about 25 feet close to the lakeshore of Saint Mary.

A fallen tree stump makes the waterfall extra photogenic.

The hike to Baring falls is a great family hike, it’s only 0.3 miles one-way and almost completely flat.

When staying in St. Mary you could stop here before exiting the park for a perfect ending to a perfect day.

Those who feel energetic can add Saint Mary and Virginia falls for a 3-mile (one-way) hike that combines 3 waterfalls.

We discuss this Virginia falls next.

Getting to the Baring Falls

The hike to Baring falls starts at the Sunrift Gorge parking lot.

If the parking lot is full you can see if you find a spot at the Sun Point parking lot or Saint Mary falls.

It’s also possible to ride the shuttle, the bus stops at Sunrift Gorge.

Virginia Falls is one of the best waterfalls in Glacier National Park
Virginia Falls

Virginia Falls Glacier National Park

Virginia falls may well be the most spectacular waterfall we saw in Glacier National Park.

The falls drop over 50 feet making them some of the highest you can see in the park from up close.

To get to Virginia Falls you will first pass Saint Mary falls.

The hike leads downward until that point and will then gradually start to climb.

About halfway to Virginia Falls, you pass two unnamed waterfalls.

It is unclear to us why these waterfalls are not indicated because certainly, the second one is at least as beautiful as all the others.

This waterfall makes a good spot to take a breather before you continue climbing to your final destination.

From here it is to the lower viewpoint of Virginia Falls.

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Don’t stop there though, it is especially the upper viewpoint, where you can feel the spray of the water, which is spectacular.

There is about 360 feet in elevation gain and the trail is classified as moderate.

Don’t be put off by this moderate rating, the waterfall is absolutely worth it.

Getting to the Baring Falls

The starting point for this walk is either at the St. Mary Falls parking lot or the Sunrift Gorge parking lot. And if both are full you can park at Sun Point.

St. Mary falls parking lot is the closest to Virginia Falls.

Starting from here will take you past St. Mary Falls on your way to Virginia Falls, but you won’t see Baring falls.

To see all 3 waterfalls you need to leave from either the Baring Falls parking lot or Sun Point.

It’s also possible to use the park’s shuttle service.

There are stops at St. Mary Falls and Sunrift Gorge.

Impressive views from the Highline Trail
Impressive views from the Highline Trail

Logan Pass

The Logan Pass is the highest point on Going-To-The-Sun Road, the most famous road in Glacier National Park.

Crossing the Logan Pass is one of the most popular scenic attractions in Glacier National Park.

It offers views of spectacular mountains and valleys on both sides of the continental divide.

At the highest point at 6,646 feet is the Logan Pass Visitor Center. This is also the starting point for several trails in this area of the park.

The parking lot at the Logan Pass visitor center has room for 200 cars but fills up quickly.

Tip: If you won’t be here early in the morning or somewhat later in the afternoon it may be better to use the shuttle.

Deadwood Falls is a great waterfall in Glacier.
Deadwood Falls

Deadwood Falls

Not all waterfalls make it on the National Park’s map and this is one of those hidden gems.

Deadwood Falls is a 10-foot-high waterfall situated along the trail to Gunsight Lake.

The trail to this lake is rated as very challenging because of its elevation profile, but you don’t have to climb all that much to see these falls.

There’re two options to get to the falls.

You can either start at the Gunsight Pass Trailhead or at the St. Mary Falls Trailhead.

The first has the advantage that it sends you along less traveled paths. The path can even be a little overgrown during summer.

This is better to see wildlife but it also increases the chances of bear encounters.

Be sure to bring bear spray, travel in groups, and make lots of noise. Grizzlies are often seen in this area as they love the cow parsnip that grows near the trail.

The path descends sharply, you descend over 650 feet in the first 2 miles.

This would be excellent if it didn’t implicate that you have to go back up on your way back.

This brings us to the alternative of starting at the St. Mary Falls trailhead.

It will add some distance to the trail but it is much better when it comes to altimeters, there is only 200 feet of elevation difference.

Tip: You can also have the best of both worlds if you use the shuttle. Get off at the Jackson Glacier Overlook (Gunsight Pass trailhead). Hike down to the waterfall and return to St. Mary falls where you can board another shuttle.

Getting to the Deadwood Falls

You can choose to start at Gunsight Pass Trailhead, there’re 2 small parking lots, or St. Mary Falls Trailhead (or any of the other parking areas near St. Mary Falls).

All of these parking lots are relatively small and especially the ones at St. Mary and Sunrift Gorge tend to fill up early due to their popularity.

We recommend using the shuttle.

Not only because you won’t have parking stress, it also allows you to do a one-way hike starting at Gunsight Pass (the shuttle stop is called Jackson Glacier Overlook) and ending at St. Mary Falls.

Florence Falls
Florence Falls

Florence Falls Glacier National Park

Florence Falls is another spectacular waterfall in Glacier National Park. Water is coming down along what seems like a giant staircase.

The falls are 100 feet in height.

The top part of the falls can’t be seen from the trail. To see them in their entirety you have to go a little bit off-path.

Florence Falls is one of the lesser-visited waterfalls in Glacier National Park. It’s a little further from the road making it a little harder to reach.

Most park visitors stick to attractions close to the Going-to-the-sun road and a 5-hour hike doesn’t fit their schedule. This allows you to enjoy this gem in peace.

If you start hiking at the Gunsight Pass trailhead you will pass the Deadwood Falls (see above).

If you start at St. Mary Falls you won’t pass the Deadwood Falls but it is only a small detour.

Take a right at the Gunsight Pass Trail Junction and you will reach the Deadwood Falls after a 10th of a mile.

To continue to the Florence Falls you need to backtrack to the junction.

This is a less-trafficked trail with good opportunities to spot wildlife.

Bears are often seen and towards the end of the trail, you will also come past some open grassy areas which sometimes attract moose.

Because of the bears, it is recommended to hike in groups of 3 or more and be noisy so that bears can hear you coming.

Getting to the Florence Falls

The official trail, as mentioned in the park’s information brochure, starts at the Gunsight Pass trailhead and is rated moderate.

This trail starts with a serious drop of over 600 feet in the first mile.

After that, it is relatively flat. To come down this is OK, the bad news is that you have to get back up at the end.

You can avoid this steep section by starting your hike at St. Mary Falls or you can use the park shuttle and start at the Gunsight Pass trailhead and return to St. Mary Falls.

Lunch Creek Waterfall
Lunch Creek Waterfall

Lunch Creek Waterfall

As much as we love hiking, sometimes it’s nice to see something without breaking a sweat.

These falls sit right next to the Going-to-the-sun road.

There’s a pullout just before the road crosses Lunch Creek, and another one just behind.

Lunch Creek is the first river you cross after you’ve passed Logan Pass on the way to St. Mary. It’s hard to miss as you can easily see the falls from the road.

Getting to the Lunch Creek Falls

These falls are not on the national park’s map but they’re not hard to find. When driving in the direction of St. Mary they’re 0.8 miles past the Logan Pass Visitor Center.

You will see the falls on the left side of the road.

You shouldn’t have a problem finding a parking spot near the falls. The shuttle bus does not stop here.

Bird Woman Falls
Bird Woman Falls

Bird Woman Falls

Bird Woman Falls is a massive 492-foot drop.

Unfortunately, it is nowhere near the Going-to-the-sun road. You can’t walk to it either.

But thanks to its sheer size it can be seen from afar.

The weather must be good though, during our last visit the whole valley was full of smog from the many nearby forest fires.

Coming from West Glacier, keep your eyes peeled once you’ve passed the loop, the only hairpin bend on the Going-to-the-sun road (about 25 miles past West Glacier). For an overview of the best things to do in West Glacier, click here.

On clear days you should be able to see the waterfall on your right.

The waterfall is on the other side of the valley on Mt. Oberlin.

Getting to the Bird Woman Falls

Although Bird Woman Falls is one of the highlights of Glacier National Park there’s no dedicated parking lot for it. There’re however several small pullouts from where you can see the falls.

Coming from West Glacier be prepared to stop once you’re 2 miles past the loop. There’re two small parking lots on the right side of the road.

Weeping Wall in Glacier National Park
Weeping Wall in Glacier National Park

Weeping Wall

The Weeping Wall is without a doubt one of the most exceptional waterfalls in the park.

It is right next to the road, so close that in the melting season you have to close your car windows to avoid getting wet.

The waterfall is formed by melting snow and the water just flows down the rock side at the edge of the road.

In the melting season, the waterfall can grow up to 100 inches in width but in summer it can almost disappear completely.

During our last visit, in an exceptionally dry summer, the waterfall was barely noticeable. Quite a difference from the wild waterfall at the beginning of spring.

Getting to the Weeping Wall

Coming from West Glacier Weeping Wall is about 2 miles past the Bird Woman Falls Overlook.

It’s not possible to stop at the Weeping Wall but there’s a large parking lot at the next corner which is known as Big Bend.

You can see the Weeping Wall from there.

Lake McDonald Area

Lake McDonald is located near the West Entrance of Glacier National Park.

It is a very popular entrance and the western starting point of the Going-to-the-sun road.

The first part of the road hugs the lakeside and as you approach the end of the lake you will see the iconic Lake McDonald lodge.

Boat trips on Lake McDonald are a favorite pastime in this area of the park. But of course, there are also beautiful walks and several waterfalls.

McDonald Falls
McDonald Falls

McDonald Falls

The McDonald Falls is close to where the McDonald river empties into the lake.

This is one of the smaller falls in the park but therefore no less beautiful.

The waterfall is also easy to reach with a short and relatively flat family-friendly hike.

You can choose how long you make the walk. If you start at the bridge at North McDonald road you can do a quick out and back to the falls.

If you have more time you can continue along the trail until you reach the Sacred Dancing Cascade (see below).

You can also do a loop. John’s Lake Loop is a 2-mile trail that will take you past both these waterfalls and the smallish John’s Lake.

Moose are sometimes spotted at this lake, although we didn’t see any.

Getting to McDonald Falls

Coming from the West Entrance follow Going-to-the-Sun Road and continue past the Lake McDonald Lodge until you see a small parking lot on the right side of the road for the Johns Lake Loop.

You can park your car here or continue until you see a side road on the left.

This is North McDonald road. The road leads to the Lake McDonald visitor center. There is a small parking lot at this intersection.

Sacred Dancing Cascade
Sacred Dancing Cascade

Sacred Dancing Cascade

The Sacred Dancing Cascade is located a little further upstream along the McDonald river.

The falls got this rather uncommon name from the indigenous Kootenai who used to refer to this place as “where people dance”.

The falls are located right next to Going-to-the-sun road and there’s a parking lot where you can park your car to take a quick glimpse of them.

You have the best view from the long wooden footbridge.

If you have more time you can hike along the stream toward McDonald’s falls or do the Johns Lake Loop.

A 2-mile loop that follows the river for about half of the time and leads through a dense old-growth forest the other half of the time.

Getting to the Sacred Dancing Cascade

Seeing this cascade doesn’t require any hiking.

Coming from West Glacier there’s a parking lot about 2 miles past the Lake McDonald Lodge.

From this parking lot is a path that leads down to the river, to a footbridge from where you have a beautiful view of the waterfall.

You can also park here for the Johns Lake Loop trail.

Falls near Trail of The Cedars
Falls near Trail of The Cedars

Waterfall at Trail of the Cedars

Trail of the Cedars is probably one of the easiest trails in Glacier National Park.

It’s a loop of just under a mile and one of only two wheelchair-accessible trails in the park.

The trail winds through an old-growth forest of giant western red cedars and western hemlocks.

About halfway you will cross Avalanche creek.

Depending on where you started there will be a junction for the Avalanche Lake trail right before or after the bridge.

If you follow this trail for about a tenth-of-a-mile it will offer more views of the Avalanche Gorge and the waterfall.

What makes this waterfall so special is the beautiful narrow carved gorge. It is a beautiful postcard of red moss-covered rocks with numerous symmetrical potholes.

Getting to Trail of the Cedars

There’s a large parking lot at Trail of the Cedars.

Despite its size, it still fills up in high season.

You can also use the shuttle, the shuttle stop is called Avalanche Creek.

Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park
Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park

Monument Falls & other Falls at Avalanche Lake

Avalanche Lake is a magnificent lake that can be reached with a relatively easy walk. The hike branches from the Trail of the Cedars where you cross the creek. It’s 2.3 miles to the lake and the trail ascends steadily.

The path continues to follow the creek even though you can usually only hear it and not see it.

For impressive views, you have to wait until you get to the lake.

Not that the rest of the walk isn’t beautiful. However, there is no doubt that the lake is the icing on the cake.

The view of the lake, with a series of imposing mountain peaks in the background, is breathtaking.

The 2 highest mountains you see from the lakeshore are Little Matterhorn mountain and Bearhat Mountain.

The Sperry Glacier is hidden behind Little Matterhorn. Meltwater from this glacier flows down towards the lake and forms several tall cascades on the mountain range.

The largest measures 2300 feet and is unofficially called Sperry Glacier Falls. Other falls that can be seen are Monument Falls, Avalanche Basin Falls, and Floral Park Falls.

There’re several makeshift benches along the lakeshore where you can rest before heading back to the parking lot.

Getting to Avalanche Lake

There’s a large parking lot at Trail of the Cedars. Despite its size, it still fills up in high season.

You can also use the shuttle, the shuttle stop is called Avalanche Creek.

Hiking to Paradise Point
Hiking to Paradise Point

Two Medicine Area

The Two Medicine area is a beautiful part of Glacier National Park. It is a high-altitude valley with mountains to the east and west.

The valley floor is dotted with lakes and streams, forested areas, and grassy meadows.

This area has a lot of wildlife that can be seen by visitors. Elk, grizzly bears, mountain lions, black bears, moose, and bighorn sheep all call this valley home.

This part of the park has a separate entrance.

It can’t be reached from the Going-to-the-sun road.

Tip: During high season, this valley is a good place to escape the crowds.

The Running Eagle Falls in Glacier National Park USA
The Running Eagle Falls

Running Eagle Falls

The Running Eagle Falls are close to the entrance of the park. It’s the first stop you will come across when driving toward Two Medicine Lake.

To get to the falls you follow a short family-friendly trail. Most of the trail is paved and it is marked as wheelchair-friendly.

Note though that you won’t be able to get all the way to the end with a wheelchair.

Toward the end, there’s a narrow footbridge that you won’t be able to cross with a wheelchair.

Even if you don’t get all the way to the viewing platform, you can already see the waterfall from that bridge.

This waterfall is a unique sight. What makes it unique is that the water flows under a natural bridge right before falling.

For most of the year, the full stream flows underneath the bridge but if there is more flow, it also flows over the bridge, creating a second waterfall.

Getting to Running Eagle Falls

You will see the parking lot for the Running Eagle Falls on your right after you’ve entered the park.

Rockwell Falls
Rockwell Falls

Rockwell Falls

Rockwell Falls is not as popular as some other waterfalls. Maybe because the hike is rated as moderate and the waterfall is not all that spectacular?

That’s a pity because you know what they say, it’s all about the journey and not the destination.

The hike to Rockwell Falls is an excellent option to escape the crowds and see wildlife in Glacier National Park.

During the first part of the trail, you will pass some smaller ponds that are frequented by moose. This is the best part of the park to see these impressive animals.

A little further on the trail, you will reach the suspension bridge that crosses Paradise Creek. Another highlight of this beautiful hike.

Do know that the bridge is not always there, if the water in the creek is low enough, the bridge will be temporarily taken down.

On the way to Rockwell falls you pass Aster falls. Getting to them only adds about a quarter mile to the trail. It’s a no-brainer to combine both if you’re doing this walk.

Getting to Rockwell Falls

The hike to Rockwell Falls starts at the South Shore Trailhead. There’s a relatively large parking lot at the lakeshore.

From there make your way to the boathouse where you will see the trailhead.

Aster Falls
Aster Falls

Aster Falls

When you see so many waterfalls it is difficult to make a top three.

Still, I think that his one would make it in the top three if we had to make a choice.

The water gushes down in a narrow gorge and there are several excellent viewpoints from where you can get close to the falls.

One is at the base and if you follow either of the trails at the junction they will take you to more vistas on both sides of the falls.

This hike follows the same path as this one to Rockwell falls.

You will come past several ponds where you can spot moose and beaver.

You also may be able to see a beaver lodge in the ponds. If you hike the trail in the early morning or toward sunset it will increase your chances of spotting wildlife.

Getting to Aster Falls

The hike to Aster Falls starts at the South Shore Trailhead.

There’s a relatively large parking lot at the Two Medicine lakeshore.

From there make your way to the boathouse where you will see the trailhead.

Twin Falls
Twin Falls

Twin Falls

Depending on your hiking appetite you can choose from 3 options to reach the Twin Falls.

The longest route starts at the South Shore trailhead and follows the path to Rockwell Falls until you can branch to the right to the west-end boat landing.

This first part of the trail leads past several small ponds where you can see wildlife and you can also make a small detour to Aster Falls.

From the branch, you follow a path that leads behind the lake. You will pass the boat landing and will eventually get to the junction with the North trail.

From here follow signs for Upper Medicine Lake until you see a side trail that leads to the Twin Falls.

You can also start your hike at the North Shore Trailhead.

This is how it’s described in the park brochure. This trail follows the northern lakeshore until you arrive at the junction with the above trail.

Lastly, it’s also possible to use a concession boat transfer to cross the lake. Once on the other side, it is only 1 mile to the waterfall. This way it is a nice family-friendly hike.

By combining these different options you can create a nice loop.

Getting to Twin Falls

You can start the hike to Twin Falls from the South Shore Trailhead or North Shore Trailhead.

There are parking lots at both.

It’s 0.7 miles from one parking to the other so you can use 1 path to go there and another to come back.

Appistoki Falls
Appistoki Falls

Appistoki Falls

Look no further if you’re looking for a relatively short and easy hike to do with your whole family.

The trail to Appistoki falls is only 1.4 miles out and back and is also mostly flat.

There are loads of huckleberries growing along the trail.

If you’re here in August you can enjoy a healthy snack during your hike.

Unfortunately, the Appistoki Falls are hard to see.

They remain pretty much hidden in the gorge and it’s very hard to find a better viewing angle without putting your life in danger.

But don’t immediately head back if you’re a little disappointed by the falls.

Just continue a little further.

The path will take you to the top of the falls from where you can admire a nice view of the valley.

Getting to Appistoki Falls

This trail starts at the Mt. Henry Trailhead. The parking lot is fairly big but does fill up at times during the high season.

Many Glacier Area

The Many Glacier Valley is one of the most popular destinations in Glacier National Park.

The valley is home to a number of beautiful lakes, including Grinnell Lake, Swiftcurrent Lake, and Sherburne Lake.

These lakes are surrounded by mountains and dense forests that provide a picturesque view for visitors to enjoy.

If you are not staying here, it is best to get here early.

This way you avoid parking stress and you can enjoy the beautiful nature for a whole day.

Apikuni Falls
Apikuni Falls

Apikuni Falls

This short but steep trail leads to one of the higher waterfalls in the park that you can also view up close.

It’s only 0.8 miles to the fall but you need to conquer an elevation gain of over 600 feet.

This says something about the steepness of the trail.

Luckily there’re several spur trails that you can follow to enjoy the view while you catch your breath.

Bring your binoculars and keep an eye on the rocky mountain on the other side of the valley.  Here is an overview of lightweight binoculars that are perfect to bring on your trip.

We spotted several mountain goats on the narrow ledges of that mountain.

As soon as the mountain climb is over, and the path flattens out again, you can already hear the waterfall. Just a little further you will already be able to spot it through the trees.

From this point, it is not far to the viewing platform.

The platform is at the base of the second tier of the falls. To see the upper part of the falls you have to scramble up the side of the falls a bit.

Getting to Appistoki Falls

This trail has its own parking area. It’s the first parking you come across when driving into the valley and it’s about 1.1 miles east of the Many Glacier Hotel.

The parking lot can hold about 14 cars and despite being the only trail that leaves here, the parking lot fills up during peak season.

Red Rock Falls
Red Rock Falls

Red Rock Falls Glacier National Park

Red Rock falls offers a fun family walk with a beautiful waterfall as the final reward.

This pleasant trail first leads along Fishercap lake. You can only see the lake from a distance but there are several side trails that lead to the lakeshore.

It’s only about 100 yards to the shore so be sure to do this short detour.

Certainly, if you’re here early in the morning or towards sunset. Moose are often spotted here around those hours.

As you continue, keep your eyes open for huckleberries, if you’re here during the season there are several places where you can pick some healthy snacks.

Next, you will arrive at Redrock lake. The last part of the trail will follow the lakeshore until you reach the opposite side of the lake with the falls.

Red Rock falls is a wide waterfall that descends in steps, forming several shallow pools along the way. With a bit of scrambling over the rocks, there are countless places to take nice pictures.

Getting to Red Rock Falls

The trail leaves from the far end of the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn parking lot.

Parking shouldn’t be a problem.

There’s a lot dedicated to the trail and more parking in front of the hotel.

Ptarmigan Falls
Ptarmigan Falls

Ptarmigan Falls

The hike to Ptarmigan Falls starts with a fairly strenuous section before becoming less steep.

That said, the length and elevation gain leave no doubt as to why this hike is rated as moderate.

When bears are spotted too often, the walk can be closed by the rangers.

We therefore recommend that you inquire with the rangers about the status of the trail if you plan to hike this trail.

The Ptarmigan Falls are a series of falls, the largest being at least 30 feet in height.

Unfortunately, the view of the falls isn’t all too good.

The view is partially obstructed by trees and it is not possible to get close to them.

Tip: We recommend carrying bear spray as you will be traversing a prime grizzly bear habitat. Travel in a group and make some noise so that the bear knows that you’re there.

Getting to Ptarmigan Falls

The trail begins next to the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn. Parking shouldn’t be a problem. There’s a lot dedicated to the trail and more parking in front of the hotel.

Aster Falls
Sylvia catching a breath at Aster falls

FAQ You May Have About Waterfalls in Glacier

Best Time to Visit To See Waterfalls

Most of the falls in Glacier National Park can be seen year-round but many of them are more spectacular in spring and early summer.

The National Park is covered under huge packs of snow each year in winter and when this snow starts to melt it gives the falls an extra boost.

Some, like the Weeping wall, are only fed by meltwater from snow.

They may completely disappear in late summer.

However, most of them have one of the many glaciers as their source, so they remain visible all year round.

Notwithstanding that the flow rate of those falls will also be higher when the snow is melting.

How Many Waterfalls in Glacier National Park?

This is just a small selection of all the waterfalls that are spread out across Glacier National Park.

There are over 200 waterfalls in the park.

What is The Biggest Waterfall in Glacier National Park?

If you want to see the highest waterfalls in the park you need to head to Avalanche Lake where you can admire Monument Falls, Sperry Glaciar Falls, and several others.

Fed by the Sperry Glacier, these waterfalls can be seen all year round.

The highest is Sperry Glacier Falls, the water drops 2300 feet in 3 separate tiers. The middle tier is the highest and measures 900 feet.

Tips For Visiting Glacier National Park

Where To Stay in Glacier National Park

There are only a few hotels within the park’s boundaries.

This isn’t really a problem as the park is relatively compact and can be entered through 7 different entrances.

Several hotels and vacation rentals can be found in towns and hamlets close to the park’s entrances.

Various areas of the park can only be reached through certain entrances so it’s important to consider where to stay depending on what you want to see and do. Here is more info about the best place to stay in Glacier.

If you are looking for a VRBO in Glacier National Park, click here.


90 glaciers that feed over 200 falls make Glacier National Park a top destination for waterfall lovers.

The falls can be seen year-round but are particularly beautiful during spring and early summer when the melting snow gives them extra flow.

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