Hike to Thunderbird Falls

2 Miles Round Trip - 175 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Thunderbird Falls Parking Area - Search Nearby - Added by Dwayne Parton

This hike is only 30 minutes outside of Anchorage right off the Glenn Highway. It's a short hike that ends at a picturesque 200ft high waterfall.

Thunderbird Falls is just 1 mile from the parking area off the Glenn Highway. The trail starts off with climb but quickly levels off. It skirts the Eklutna Canyon through a birch forest with viewing decks overlooking the cayon and falls.

The trail splits near the end. If you stay to the right you will reach the overlook which is only about 100yds further on the boardwalk. Going left will take you to a creek side trail leading to the base of the falls.

The Alaska environment changes drastically with the climate. In the colder months the falls freeze and create blue ice formations. During this time the trail may be extremely icy. Be very careful and make sure to bring a pair of crampons.

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2 Miles
175 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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Amazing Waterfall

I went in the summer... There were about 3 people on the trail, we went late afternoon. The falls are amazing. Make sure to bring an ND filter if you want to photograph the falls!

Quick and Close

Thunderbird Falls is a short out and back hike that offers some views of the Eklunta Canyon and the falls. If you go during the winter be very careful of ice(you'll need crampons) as it is slick especially traveling down towards the falls. Parking is $5.