Thunderbird FallsCurrently Open
- 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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Things to Know Before Visiting Thunderbird Falls
3.37% of people who visit Anchorage include Thunderbird Falls in their plan
07 AM - 08 AM
60% of people start their Thunderbird Falls visit around 07 AM - 08 AM
1 Hr 30 Minutes
People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Thunderbird Falls
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Thunderbird Falls
Thunderbird Falls Trips
Thunderbird Falls, Anchorage Reviews
One of the easy hikes. The uphill hike in the first 10 mins is probably the only 'somewhat steep' hike. Rest is all flat and the trails are wide. Nothing much to see there in the end though. In Alaska, you would see more beautiful glacier-melts than the falls here. But I enjoyed the trail though. You will get nice touch of a nature.
If you are looking for a quick hike with a beautiful waterfall in the end this will not disappoint. There is a $5 parking fee and make sure to bring bug spray for the mosquitos. There is a halfway point where you can look directly into the gorge rich is pretty thrilling. The trail end has a viewing deck and a shorter trail which will take you close to the creek. Went in the summer, the trail was well maintained, shaded and with some wild mushrooms all along the way!
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.
This was a beautiful hike. If you can do it, go down to the actual water and get closer to the falls to feel the water on your face and if you are brave step into the water. It's very cold, but also refreshing. The first 100 feet or so if the hike is straight up hill, but it becomes much more gradual after that.
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!