Thunderbird Falls

Anchorage + Western Chugach, Alaska

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Thunderbird Falls


  • The snowy trail during sunset.- Thunderbird Falls
  • Looking northeast from the trail.- Thunderbird Falls
  • View of Thunderbird Falls from the observation deck.- Thunderbird Falls
  • Closer view of Thunderbird Falls from the observation deck.- Thunderbird Falls
  • Boardwalk from the observation deck back toward trailhead.- Thunderbird Falls
  • Portion of the boardwalk heading toward Thunderbird Falls.- Thunderbird Falls
  • Thunderbird Falls.- Thunderbird Falls
  • Thunderbird Falls at bottom of creek.- Thunderbird Falls
  • Looking northeast from the trail.- Thunderbird Falls
Overview + Weather
Short hike. Waterfall and canyon views. Established trail. Lush forest.
Steep short hills. Close to neighborhood. Sometimes crowded.
Anchorage + Western Chugach, AK
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
200.00 ft (60.96 m)
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Total Distance: 
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
130.00 ft (39.62 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


The hike out to Thunderbird Falls provides excellent views into the deep canyon Thunderbird Creek has carved into the surrounding area. Leaving the trailhead, you'll encounter a wide, well-maintained path directly along the canyon's cliff. Following the creek, you'll go further into the forest and find boardwalks and viewing platforms along the hiking trail. When you reach the falls, you'll have an opportunity to travel down to the base of the falls as well as an observation deck above the creek. If you will be traveling in the winter, crampons, ice spikes or walking sticks are highly recommended, as the moderate hills are usually covered in ice sheets from the surrounding drainages, especially at the base of the falls. Overall, this is a short, easy hike that is close to Anchorage, Alaska, and a local favorite for a quick, beautiful walk through the woods. 

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