East Fork Trail and Tulchina Falls

MODERATE 3 reviews

East Fork Trail and Tulchina Falls is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chugiak, Alaska that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.5 miles
557 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running







wild flowers


This trailhead begins at about 10.5 miles down Eklutna Lake Road. The trail will take you through the forest along the East Fork of Eklutna River. The path is littered with a multitude of alpine flora, rocks, and trees. Follow the trail about 4 miles to a small lake. Continue on and hike to Tulchina Falls, at about 5.5 mile. You can keep going on to The Mitre and even further to an adjoining trail that ends in Girdwood near Crow Creek.

1 month ago

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1 month ago

Beautiful easy trail. The surrounding peaks, river, pond and waterfalls were breathtaking. Be aware....or should I say bear aware....we saw multiple black bears along the trail. We also saw many large brown bear tracks and another hiker we ran into confirmed he saw a brown mama & cub. Don’t let that scare you away though. We’ll definitely be back.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Be prepared for rain, a few small log/river crossings, and be aware of bears- there was a lot of scat on the trail and a lot of brush/berry bushes for a bear to be foraging in. This is a flat one by one hike- so it's very easy and the Tulchina Falls are worth the trek.