Explore the most popular forest trails near Chugiak with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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

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

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

18 days ago

Didn't really enjoy the upper section of the trail because it was like walking in a tunnel. The Lakes side portion of the trail was on a dirt road shared with ATV's and mountain bikes

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.

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

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

26 days ago

Great hike! One of my favorites in Alaska so far. Beautiful view of Eklutna! The clouds were pretty low, so we couldn't see all the peaks, but still worth it!

27 days ago

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

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

28 days ago

Good hike, mostly up hill. The trail is well kept and the views are great once you get to the top.There are some benches to rest about every mile. Defiantly bring your camera.

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.

This trail is marked at the beginning of the trailhead as being 2.6 miles one way. I’m pretty sure this is referring to the distance to the second bench. I’ve done this trail 3 times the first two times the goal was always to the first bench which has an amazing view of Eklutna. This last time decided to continue on. The second bench has a great view of the twin peaks and we were lucky to be able to see lots of Dall Sheep on the peaks. We ended up following the trail to the right towards Pepper Peak to get another view of Eklutna. Round trip we did 6.40 miles (starting in the parking lot and ending in the parking lot) it took us 4 hours minus the time we spent at the benches and the top view. So glad we continued on for those views, they were worth it. This trail is all uphill and has some steep sections past the second bench. My legs are sore today. Don’t forget to wear sunblock and bug spray!!

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.

1 month ago

Fun hike. We made it to the first bench and then home on a work night. It is very apparent that you gain elevation. The mosquitos, black flies and no-see-ums were annoying so definitely wear bug spray

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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!

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

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.

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.

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1 month 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.

Super nice! Even saw a black bear!

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

1 month ago

Beautiful! Can be somewhat challenging if you’re not a hiker but totally possible and completely worth it. The view is amazing!!

1 month ago

This was a great trail ended with an incredible view. Hike up was well worth it.

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.

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. ;)

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1 month ago

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

1 month ago

We did the full trail yesterday. No snow on the trail and the trail is well kept. We were slightly surprised the trail doesn't actually go to the top of a peak instead there's a bench with a view of the peaks. The first bench has a great view of Eklutna lake.

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