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Pets allowed
Yes
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
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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. 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

State Park Fee

Pros

Short hike. Waterfall and canyon views. Established trail. Lush forest.

Cons

Steep short hills. Close to neighborhood. Sometimes crowded.

Trailhead Elevation

130.00 ft (39.62 m)

Net Elevation Gain

200.00 ft (60.96 m)

Address

Old Glenn Hwy
25321
Anchorage, AK 99567
United States

Features

Waterfalls

Suitable for

Biking

Location

Field Guide

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