Thunderbird Falls Trail

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Thunderbird Falls Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chugiak, AK that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.8 miles 387 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Thunderbird Falls is a nice leisurely walk located along Eklutna River and Thunderbird Falls themselves. The trailhead is very easy to find directly off the Glenn Highway between the Eklutna and Mirror Lake exits. Once you reach the exit you will either cross the Eklutna River (northbound) bridge or pass Thunderbird Heights (southbound). The trail is very well maintained and is a very popular destination. It is an easy trail to hike in terms of difficulty, landscaped with boardwalks,hand rails, and view points. The trail follows a general path and then splits off to a Creek accessible trail or straight ahead to get a balcony view of Thunderbird Falls. There is the occasional opportunity to explore and capture additional views of Eklutna River, however it is not encouraged as it can be dangerous in some areas. If you are looking to get close to the falls the Creekside trail is the way to go. First you traverse down and then follow the creek to the base of the falls.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

it was OK for a family hike, but it was not anything special.

hiking
2 months ago

Decent trail. I wouldn't really consider it a hike - but a nice walk. Trail is well maintained - it is good for the families.

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely was trail. I think just shy of a mile to the Falls.

hiking
2 months ago

Short walk, about 2 miles round-trip. Relatively easy hike on well maintained trail. If you take the lower path, you'll get a glimpse of the falls from creekside. The best view is from the main trail observation deck. $5 fee to park. Usually crowded in the summer.

2 months ago

2 months ago

It's a very short hike with minimal elevation. Lots of people and even school field trips. We saw salmon down below in the stream which was nice. If you want a leisure stroll this is a good one. If you are looking to get away I'd pick something else.

2 months ago

great hour hike to a beautiful waterfall

hiking
3 months ago

Very easy but great for couples with small children! ❤️

walking
3 months ago

Awesome stop to stretch your legs. Absolutely beautiful

3 months ago

3 months ago

really short and easy. nice for an afternoon walk, not so much for a strenuous hike. beautiful scenery!!

3 months ago

Nice easy (dog friendly) walk into the waterfall!

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike, was not too bad for wife carrying our son. Would recommend this hike.

3 months ago

Easy access, well maintained.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

went during winter was great fun. summer it's full of Devils club so be mindful of your step and pets.