Falls Creek Trail

Anchorage, Alaska 99516

Falls Creek Trail

Falls Creek Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"If you like cascading waterfalls, a great stream, and exceptional views of Turnagain Arm, you don’t want to miss this hike. The rumbling stream with gradual cascading falls and mountain views provides a picturesque valley setting unique to this trail.

The trail is rough and steep and climbs high enough that you’re likely to see Dall sheep, golden eagles, and Arctic ground squirrels in the higher elevations. Spruce grouse can also be spotted along the heavily forested path at the beginning of the hike."

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Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures (Falcon Guides)
Mollie Foster
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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."

Falls Creek Trail Trip Reports

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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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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,450 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
7 to 8 hours
Summer and fall
USGS Anchorage and Seward
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