Thunderbird Falls

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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, Family And Kids, Nature

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 Travel Tips

  • A lot of hiking is required. 

Entrance Ticket Details For Thunderbird Falls

  • Free visit

How to Reach Thunderbird Falls

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

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  • Thunderbird Falls Address: Old Glenn Hwy, Chugiak, AK 99567, USA, Anchorage, United States
  • Thunderbird Falls Contact Number: +1-9073455014
  • Thunderbird Falls Timing: 24-hrs
  • 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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  • 2.9% of people who visit Anchorage include Thunderbird Falls in their plan

  • 60% of people start their Thunderbird Falls visit around 07 AM - 08 AM

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

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday

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

People normally club together Eklutna Lake and Twin Peaks Trailhead 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 Reviews & Ratings

  • Easy hike-in, hike-out trail with a good payoff at end. Nice view of the waterfall from an elevated platform. Can access an up close view from a lower trail with a little more effort. Steep but short hill at the beginning.

  • Good short hike. Some elevation throughout the walk. Nice view of you hike down to river to get to the falls closer. Right off main road, which made it convenient to get to.

  • It is a bit of a hike, esp the beginning being pretty steep, but half a mile in there is a gorge viewing. And a half mile later is the waterfall! I think I built it up o be more, but pretty trail to walk along. And worth the hike.

  • Beautiful place! Would love to have had more time to spend there. Hopefully some day I will get to visit Alaska again.

  • One of the best beginner family hikes in the Anchorage bowl. This is an easy, ADA compliant path to the falls overlook. Amazing views and wildlife in the area make this a can’t miss.

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