Thunderbird Falls, Anchorage
Thunderbird Falls, Anchorage - Address, Phone Number
Address: Old Glenn Hwy, Chugiak, AK 99567, USA
Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
Timings: 24-hrs Details
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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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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).
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.
Really nice hike. About a mile one way. For the more fit there is a trail that goes down to the falls. You can stay the high trail that has two viewing platforms. One of the Gulch with a great view of the river and another looking out the falls from above. Gorgeous flora, pet friendly. Dogs must be on leash. Restrooms located at beginning of trailhead.
This was a nice hike back to picturesque falls. The trail does have a few hills, but was definitely easier coming back as it had more downhill in that direction. There were a lot of families there, and dogs with owners, so it is not solitude in the woods. The trail is typically the width of a sidewalk. Note that there are places along the trail where the it is close to a drop off, so it's best to not let really young kids get too far ahead.
Nice nature walk. There is a viewing platform for those who don't hike regularly or can't handle the elevation change. If you are more active you can take a trail right down to the base of the waterfall. There's something for everyone at Thunderbird Falls.