Thunderbird Falls, Anchorage

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

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

  • 6.55% of people who visit Anchorage include Thunderbird Falls in their plan

  • 38.93% of people start their Thunderbird Falls visit around 4 PM - 5 PM

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

Wednesday, Friday 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

Thunderbird Falls, Anchorage Reviews

  • One mile in and out. Beautiful all year round. Especially love seeing the falls frozen. In the summer, it's a great hike for relatives that want to hike but can't go great distances. Trail is hilly, but not crazy strenuous

  • A pretty easy hike to the viewing platform, though the platform DOES NOT offer the best view of the falls. Follow the trail down to get up close and personal with the falls, though it does get muddy/slippery/icy during different times of the year, so be careful and use common sense! The area is gorgeous and there are tonnes of mushrooms along the paths at the right time of year. PS: if you want to get closer to the falls, the water is VERY cold, but there is a ledge around the corner to sit/stand on. You will get wet, though, and not just your feet (the falls make a lot of mist). Don't let children climb around, though; it's very slippery, the water is fast, and it gets deep in spots. Best to view from a distance. I've seen kids playing in the water near the large tree with the hole in the middle, though (where the water is shallower, away from the falls themselves).

  • Quick and easy hike. About 20 minutes to the falls on a leisurely stroll. Ice cleats in the winter as the steep hills can get slippery.

  • Nice short nature walk, cool small waterfall at the end, was neat to see it frozen. Would give it 5 stars, but the fact that you have to pay for such a short walk and there are no trash receptacles or bathrooms knocked it down a star. The lack of a bathroom isn't a huge deal but a single trash can at the beginning would be nice.

  • This was absolutely breathtaking and COMPLETELY worth stopping for! So thankful my guy obliged- now he says that made his day! :)

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