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
301 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

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
1 month ago

great hike that's easy for a quick hike

1 month ago

Good views, you have to go on a few different trails to see all the different views

hiking
3 months ago

beautiful during winter. only could go to the falls outlook. couldn't go to the river because the way down was nothing but ice and wouldn't be able to make it back up.

walking
4 months ago

Beautiful

4 months ago

This is a short, but very beautiful and family friendly.

4 months ago

Nice short hike for all ages with elevations. Busy on weekends. Dog friendly.

hiking
4 months ago

Not bad. Easy trail.

6 months ago

Nice simple hike. Bring shoes you can get wet if you want to reach the falls

walking
6 months ago

Easy and quick family friendly hike. Definitely recommend this one.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail, pretty easy but amazing views.. lots of water and big waterfall!! Glad I got to explore Alaska trails!!

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Nice waterfall. The upper viewing platform has the best view of the falls. The lower trail gets you closer and is much cooler near he river.

6 months ago

Nice easy hike with fall and Gorge views. We stoped by Mirror lake adjacent to hike as well.

6 months ago

Short hike, pretty bridges to the falls. Great place to get out for a quick breath of fresh hair.

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

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!

7 months ago

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

walking
7 months ago

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.

nature trips
7 months ago

I am not sure about easy trail, that first inclined was quite a start but yes, it was pretty easy to find. We only did the overlook that was 1.5 miles round trip and took 37 minutes total. The falls are far, the other trail is likely to get you a closer look.

7 months ago

Super nice! Even saw a black bear!

7 months ago

Very pretty view of the waterfall at the end. Took my dog with me, definitely dog friendly as there were a lot of other dogs there too. $5 to park

hiking
7 months ago

Short and sweet, the creek trail (lower route) is better then the overlook in my opinion because you get closer to the base of the falls. Overall it was packed with families and is a nice time.

hiking
7 months ago

This was a busy trail. Pretty easy with a little bit of incline. The mosquitoes will eat you alive if you don't where bug spray. We did quite a few trails while in Alaska and this seemed to be the one where all the mosquitoes liked to live. haha. Damp from the river/waterfall and full of people to eat. ;)

nature trips
7 months ago

It’s a pretty mellow trail to smoke a doobie on.

trail running
7 months ago

Love this for jogging and views. I’m a beginning trail runner but I feel safe and run it two or three times to get the distance in. Just enough small hills to make it a bit of a challenge. Also, do take the side trail at the end to the base of the falls for a bit better view. Worth it.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail, even for a beginner like me. But be ready for the mosquito swarms.

hiking
8 months ago

It’s uphill right at the beginning of the trail but not too bad. The waterfall is smaller than I expected. The hike up to the balcony view and down to the creek are easy and short. Lots of mosquitoes!

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