Thunderbird Falls Trail

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Thunderbird Falls Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chugiak, Alaska 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.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
298 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

hiking
17 days ago

Amazing during the winter!! Very slippery once you get down to the base of the waterfall, but it made for a funny hike.

18 days ago

Love it summer and winter both.

2 months ago

Quick and fun family hike.

3 months ago

One decent view of the mountains, but kind of a boring hike. There isn't a great view of the falls, even from the bottom.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

This a great family hike. Trail is well maintained all the way to the falls. The viewing deck is beautiful, has lots of room for people. There is also a trail down to the river and falls also. Little more steeper but still good for families with kids to work off some of that energy.

4 months ago

A great trail for novice hikers and those new to Alaska.

5 months ago

great short hike to do any day of the week...

5 months ago

Local access to beauty. Easy trial and bring your water shoes so you can walk into the water and get close to the falls.

hiking
5 months ago

It has a $5 parking fee and the restrooms were very smelly and nasty. However over all, the hike was great and the waterfall was beautiful. I went on a Wednesday morning and it wasn't super busy but there was definitely some traffic. Great trail to take active dogs and new inexperienced hikers. It's over all about a 2mile hike.

5 months ago

Pretty trail, some good hills. Keep your dogs leashed

walking
5 months ago

Pretty trail. Not much of a challenge. Nice to do with the family.

hiking
5 months ago

nice trail, not too long with some incline.

hiking
5 months ago

Super easy and short hike. Done it a few times and the one time we did it in the winter was the hardest but most rewarding hike. Able to walk all the way up to the falls as it was covered in ice. The trek back up the snowy sides and icy trails was tough if you don't have ice grippers. Live and learn ;).

5 months ago

This location is great. The only issue is the limited amount of parking. When I went I had to park on the side of the rode with other park goers.

hiking
6 months ago

Always a great trail to hike. Quick and easy.

hiking
6 months ago

Family trail. Easy to bring children and pets. Short distance trail fun to do to get out of the house for a couple hours.

6 months ago

Beautiful!

walking
6 months ago

Perfect outing

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike for families with children. Fairly easy trail.

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