Cathedral Falls Trail is a 8.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Seward, Alaska that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length8.9 miElevation gain1,551 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashCross-country skiingHikingSnowshoeingForestWaterfallOver grownSnowOff trailFee
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Difficulty will depend on what time of year you choose to do this. $5 parking fee at the upper Tonsina trailhead. To get here, you head out on the Tonsina trailhead. At the second bridge, you head upstream. About 2.5 miles from the second bridge, you stay left for Cathedral Falls, which is often mostly frozen in winter. If you go in winter, you're the only one who can judge the safety/stability/thickness of the ice. No one will do it for you. If you do this outside of the coldest time of winter, it will be considerably more work I imagine. You won't have a frozen creek to walk on. Alders will have all their leaves on them. Bears may be about. Bugs, etc. If you see mining equipment while on this hike, assume it's there legally and don't touch it.

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Darrel Foister
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SnowshoeingIcySnow

Hike in was ice packed but was manageable with micro spikes. The river bed was solid but became really soft as it warmed up mid day, snow shoes worked great! Heard 3 or more avalanches in the distance on way in. Lots of open holes in ice that drop to river next to the falls. Falls had flowing water, hike with caution or wait until summer.

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Sew Ard
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HikingOff trail

Winter is the better season

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Dustin Barton
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HikingGreat!Muddy

I did this hike on August 4th 2020. One of the most beautiful places on this planet. I now know why they call it cathedral falls. Lots of deep, cold and long water crossings. I suggest bringing hiking poles, crocs, and some sweat pants/shorts you don’t mind getting wet in. Cause.....you’re going to get soaked. Bring some extra clothes in a dry bag to change out of when you get out of all the river crossings. Take your time, bring food and leave early so you can really enjoy this beauty without feeling rushed.

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Great trail when conditions are right.