St. Mary Lake Glacier National Park Montana

St. Mary

There are many stories about how St. Mary was named. One of the more popular is the story of Father DeSmet, a Jesuit priest, who was caught in a heavy fog coming off of Divide on the old Beaverslide trail. 

When the fog lifted, the first thing he saw was the face of St. Mary on the mountainside. He was able to use this as a landmark to help guide himself down to St. Mary Lake. The face of St. Mary appears in the rocks of Single Shot Mountain. The face can be best seen when looking at the mountain from about four miles north of St. Mary.

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