Thunderbird Falls

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  • Address: Old Glenn Hwy, Chugiak, AK 99567, USA, Anchorage, United States
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Phone: +1-9073455014
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Waterfall, Family And Kids, Nature

Thunderbird Falls - Review

This is one of the shortest and most rewarding hikes in the area. There is barely any elevation gain either! From the parking area you don’t have to walk on the trail for more than one mile before you come to a great viewing platform. The water plunges down for about two hundred feet at tremendous volume. You can get even closer if you want by hiking down to the base of the waterfall. It is just as nice in the winter, when the water freezes and creates striking natural ice sculptures all around.

Thunderbird Falls Information

  • A lot of hiking is required. 

Thunderbird Falls Ticket Prices

  • Free visit

How To reach Thunderbird Falls by Public Transport

  • Drive to the Thunderbird Falls Trailhead on the Old Glen Highway.
  • Hike to the falls.

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TripHobo Highlights for Thunderbird Falls

  • Thunderbird Falls Address: Old Glenn Hwy, Chugiak, AK 99567, USA, Anchorage, United States
  • Thunderbird Falls Contact Number: +1-9073455014
  • Thunderbird Falls Timing: 24-hrs
  • Thunderbird Falls Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Thunderbird Falls(preferred time): 08:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Thunderbird Falls: 01:30 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Thunderbird Falls

  • 11.8% of people who visit Anchorage include Thunderbird Falls in their plan

  • 38.82% of people start their Thunderbird Falls visit around 4 PM - 5 PM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Thunderbird Falls

Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Thunderbird Falls

People normally club together Kincaid Park and The Ulu Factory while planning their visit to Thunderbird Falls.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Thunderbird Falls, Anchorage Reviews

  • Thunderbird Falls is a short and relatively easy hike. Parking is $5. You can view the waterfall from two different places. There's a deck that overlooks the falls and another trail that follows the stream to the base of the falls. Please be careful if you hike down that trail during the winter. Plenty of people fall on the ice, some for dangerous distances. Bring bear protection in the summer. Although it is a popular hike, there have still been reports of bear and moose in the area.

  • Stunning view from an easy walk to the upper area. Nice walk down to the river and falls in the lower area. Both relatively easy (my 3 and 6 year old walked the whole thing by them selves). Well maintained trail, I would highly recommend this walk!

  • I did this on 7/2/2018. Really nice trail. Parking lot available and 2 unisex private bathrooms, not flushing toilets. Hike is easy and shady. If you stop walking, the mosquitoes will get you. Keep on walking. The path down to the waterfall is moderate. It's probably the "difficult" part of the trail. Great place for pics. Didn't get into the water because it was freezing cold. Have fun and be safe!

  • Just a quick stop off the highway this place has quite a nice view of a nearby waterfall at the end of a smooth but slightly hilly 1 mile walk. The 3 star rating is due to the steep $5 parking fee and dense mosquito population. Probably still worth the stop but be sure to bring long sleeved clothes and bug spray.

  • The short hike is fairly easy. The trail is well traveled and wide enough and clear enough to be handicap accessible, but there are some climbs that would make this impractical. The viewing deck at the end gives decent views of the multi-tiered waterfall, and there is an alternate trail to get to the river itself which can get you better views. Unfortunately, the ease of access and relatively easy difficulty makes it very busy and we had to dodge doggie land mines for the first half of the trail.

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