Falls Creek

Anchorage, Alaska

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A short, steep route traveling through a narrow valley, and climbing to outstanding views of Turnagain Arm. A steep hike to a high tundra basin, the Falls Creek Trail threads its way up a narrow valley into the region of some of the highest peaks along Turnagain Arm. Wildflowers, wild mountains, Dall sheep, and the headwater tarn known locally as Falls Lake are all highlights of a visit to the Falls Creek drainage. In late summer the berries come out: blueberries, cranberries, crowberries, watermelon berries, salmonberries, and the poisonous baneberry.

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"A short, steep route traveling through a narrow valley, and
climbing to outstanding views of Turnagain Arm. A steep hike to a high tundra basin, the Falls Creek Trail threads its way up a narrow valley into the region of some of the highest peaks along Turnagain Arm.

Wildflowers, wild mountains, Dall sheep, and the headwater tarn known locally as Falls Lake are all highlights of a visit to the Falls Creek drainage. In late summer the berries come out: blueberries, cranberries, crowberries, watermelon berries, salmonberries, and the poisonous baneberry."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Anchorage
Distance: 2.5-4.5 miles
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Best late June through mid-September
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Chugach State Park, 18620 Seward Hwy., Anchorage, Alaska 99516; 907-345-5014; dnr.alaska.gov/parks/
Local Maps: USGS Seward D-7 (NW) and Anchorage A-7; Imus Geographics Chugach State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Falls Creek

Recent Trail Reviews

9/30/2002
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Absolutely one of my favorite hikes for a short yet challenging overnighter. The difficulty of the trail generally means little or no traffic, and we (husband/wife/8year old son)set up our tent in absolute solitude. Dall sheep can be seen high on the mountainsides overlooking a berry filled valley, including high and low bush blue berries, salmon berries and tundra berries as the trail climbs into an alpine valley. At the headwaters of Falls creek a pristine lake lies at the foot of an un-named peak, all told almost 4000 feet of elevation gain in under 3 miles. The view back down to the oceanside start of our journey was absolutely beautiful.



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