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Great hike very near Anchorage.

hiking
2 hours ago

The Thunderbird Falls were beautiful.
Quick trek
Safe, bring bear / bug spray if you wish.
Water
Pets welcomed on a leash

hiking
6 hours ago

it's tough but, rewarding hike. last mile is all rock climbing however, many families with little kids were able to do this hike. Views are amazing. Memorable part of our Anchorage visit.

easy. not very scenic till you get to the falls. falls great.

Took my 5 year old son, 9 year old daughter, and our little dog for a nice morning hike. we stopped a few times and the kids ate lunch at the top just before the steep rocky part. We tried to climb all the way to the flag but was too steep, unstable rocky ground and I felt uncomfortable with the kids so we turned around. the last 1/3 is tough that's for sure. next time it will be a grown up trip to the top.

This is a gorgeous trail overlooking Anchorage. I would do it again only after some rain, though, because it was so dusty today that people were slipping a bunch. Be careful with dogs and small children on dry days. The views even from the halfway point are worth it!

the trail is super fun, my family loved it, the falls are beautiful! I got some really good pictures, it's not super buggy, at least it wasn't when I went there.

With clear weather this is possibly the most scenic trail in the world. Enjoy!

Always enjoyed this fairly quick yet challenging enough hike, with a great view of Anchorage. The American Flag at the peak makes a great photo.

Super bad weather when I did it, but the summit is totally worth it. Forested area for the first half of trail is bear area so make noise. Also saw moose on the way up. View from the summit is great, you can see put into the range as well as back towards anchorage.

Did the trail with my boys, 14 and 12 years old in 2.5 hours. Rigorous uphill but great vista views. Temp changes so layers helped.

Short, nature walk. Views are okay for a short walk. Not something you would do twice. Trail does not get up close to falls for a good picture unless you climb make your way closer in mud.

Great trail with a reward at the top. Close to town and doesn’t take too long to complete. Great views of the valley on the backside of the mountain top.

absolutely beautiful hike. summit was cold, so bring appropriate wind breaker for your incredible summit photos. highly recommend, there is no othing else this beautiful and/or accessable from right outside Anchorage! Plus, if you go early, wildlife will be out. saw a massive grizzly and bull moose as you cross the first Bluff!

Started at wilderness trail loop and ended at the Savage river (4mile hike). We had two 4 yr olds and two 7 yr olds and they nailed it! Breathtaking views and we even saw a big blonde bear.

The trail was beautiful and decently maintained beyond the Basher trailhead. You can access this trail from a couple points to include the Prospect heights trailhead. This is the 2nd time I’ve done it and gone clear to the top of the peak. The distance is alittle misleading, which is where the 4 stars came into play. The distance is more like 6 miles one way, Fitbit and gps verified! No bear sign or activity well travelled.

Amazing hike. Fingers crossed you don't have fog the whole time.

This hike was more challenging than I had anticipated but with a decent payoff. Today was quite cloudy, so we couldn't fully appreciate the view from the top but the partial view was very pretty. We spotted a moose about halfway up and someone in another group had apparently seen a few bears. It took us roughly 2 hours to complete - given the extra time to meander around the summit and go off trail in some parts. The initial 3/4 of the trail on the way up was well sanded/graveled and incorporated wooden steps throughout to help with changes in elevation. By the final upward push, the trail became much steeper and somewhat slippery requiring us to use our hands for stabilization at several points. The trail was fairly crowded considering that it is a Thursday afternoon. We were within earshot of other people most of the hike. If you prefer to hike in peace and privacy I would not recommend this trail. Overall, I would give 5 stars for the accessibility and workout but 4 stars for the crowds, non-varied landscape and $5 dollar parking.

Closed due to brown bear attacks 7/12/18

Awesome hike! I did this in 2 days but it would be great to spend several extra days on the ridge exploring. There are some steep parts but very doable even for those not in great shape. Several boggy areas but all are easy to go around or through on well placed rocks or board walks. Great variety in the terrain and views, it was never boring. I did see a family of black bears near the trail, marmots, moose and tons of ground squirrels. Definitely the best way to see Denali. Be careful on a clear hot day the sun is brutal even with sunscreen. There are plenty of snow melt streams for water, near the end there are lakes. Do not forget the bug dope, there are lots of mosquitoes in some parts. There are 3 pit latrines along the route. Little Coal Creek trailhead is just a parking lot/outhouse/trailhead off the highway - hidden from the road. Byers Lake is a pretty big campground.

Don’t do this hike right now, there was a fatal bear attack weeks ago and Fish and Game was unable to find the bear responsible in this area. They recently reopened the area, but with an increase in bear sightings in the area they closed it and placed traps. Please be safe! (ADN article below for more information)

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/wildlife/2018/07/11/bear-traps-reset-after-new-encounters-in-area-of-fatal-eagle-river-mauling/

Beautiful hike with just the right amount of challenge. Hiked all 3 peaks with adults and kids as young as 8.

I did this on 7/2/2018. Really nice trail. Parking lot available and 2 unisex private bathrooms, not flushing toilets. Hike is easy and shady. If you stop walking, the mosquitoes will get you. Keep on walking. The path down to the waterfall is moderate. It's probably the "difficult" part of the trail. Great place for pics. Didn't get into the water because it was freezing cold. Have fun and be safe!

I am not a hiker, but I’m not a quitter either.. this trail tested me for sure. And it was definitely worth it. Which is why I will do it again!

hiking
13 days ago

Not an easy hike, however the views are stupendous! We did this with our 2 teenage daughters, and it was fully within everyone’s capability. I felt like we were on The Sound of Music while hiking the ridge line. I highly recommend starting at the Savage River trailhead and hiking towards Mountain Vista area. This gets the hardest part done early in the hike.

Here from Virginia on vacation. Enjoyed this short hike. Love hiking to waterfalls.

hiking
13 days ago

Hiked 3.2 miles in from the north end over July 4th weekend. Camping at Riley Creek Campground so another 1/2 mile to the trail head, so 7.4 miles total. Trail in excellent condition. Wide pathways along Riley Creek. No overgrowth to deal with. Trail heads upwards at just over mile number 2.0. Fairly steep grade, with switch-backs. Wouldn't say that the trail is hard like others.

nicely kept trail. I didn't realize it passes righ next to residential land. a bit of a buzz kill. But I went in the fall and all the trees and bushes were bare and it might hide the houses when the trees fill out. It has some rolling hills but it has some nice pull puts with views to rest your legs.

hiking
13 days ago

We meant to hike the Powerline trail to Southfork. We got lost in conversation and followed the trail to the left which led us to Wolverine Peak. This was a hard hike that took us 3 hours to get up and 2 hours to come down. We took many breaks for water, snacks, and photos. Great for legs, but hard on knees through the rocky area. The winds were strong at the peak that I almost lost my hat. We ran into a porcupine on our way down. Overall, it was a great accident and we felt thrilled to check this trail off our list. The views were truly breathtaking. Go prepared!

Beautiful view
I had my dog and son with me
Watch out for lose rocks

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