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.

1.8 miles
462 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running






wild flowers


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.

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1 day ago

Very easy trail... recommend you go down to the falls. You can get right next to the bottom.

7 days ago

Trail is easy and well kept. You can get very close to the waterfall. Down by the waterfall does get a bit crowded its a popular trail. There was a lot of dog poop on the trail.

9 days ago

Wonderful to get right next to the waterfall at the furthest point down the trail.

loaded back pack easy in/easy out. great for a quick hike or a nice walk

16 days ago

Casual hike for all ages.

17 days ago

19 days ago

short but really easy and has an awesome water fall at the end. Good with family.

21 days ago

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1 month ago

Beautiful short trail to do wi the family.

1 month ago

Nice short trail...lots of dog poo though

1 month ago

Short hike, well marked and great for family. We came mid April and would highly suggest cramp on for your shoes:) still very icy. Stunning scenery. Trail to lookout is right and trail to creek takes you to the bottom of the falls.

1 month ago

2 months ago

Easy little one mile walk to the fall Woodside Trail going down to the actual fall. beautiful all year.

3 months ago

Very easy trail, very popular so there will be a lot of people usually on this trail.