Thunder Bird Falls

Chugiak, Alaska

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Though it’s one of the shortest walks in Chugach State Park, the Thunder Bird Falls Trail reaches into a wonderful part of Anchorage’s backyard wilderness. The trail winds through tall birch and cottonwoods to a sturdy deck with a vantage over Thunder Bird Falls, and a side spur leads down to the banks of Thunder Bird Creek. Chugach State Park owns only 10 acres around the falls; the neighboring land has been ceded to the Athabascan natives living in nearby Eklutna village. They once hunted and fished throughout this area, and have regained some ownership rights since the 1968 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. The woods remain as quiet and still as they were centuries ago, before European ships ever charted Alaska’s shores.

Thunder Bird Falls Professional Review and Guide

"Though it’s one of the shortest walks in Chugach State Park, the Thunder Bird Falls Trail reaches into a wonderful part of Anchorage’s backyard wilderness. The trail winds through tall birch and cottonwoods to a sturdy deck with a vantage over Thunder Bird Falls, and a side spur leads down to the banks of Thunder Bird Creek.

Chugach State Park owns only 10 acres around the falls; the neighboring land has been ceded to the Athabascan natives living in nearby Eklutna village. They once hunted and fished throughout this area, and have regained some ownership rights since the 1968 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. The woods remain as quiet and still as they were centuries ago, before European ships ever charted Alaska’s shores."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Chugiak
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: .5 to 1.5 hours
Season: Best in the summer months
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Chugach State Park
Local Maps: USGS Anchorage B-7
Driving Directions: Directions to Thunder Bird Falls

Recent Trail Reviews

4/3/2010
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This is an very easy hike, even with snow on the ground. The falls were half frozen when we went, so they were a mere trickle. Be sure to check out the bottom of falls via a split in the trail. The frozen bottom was extremly cool and would be impressive in the summer as well.


6/23/2002
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This is a very easy hike great for the beginner or intermediate hiker. It has a gradual upward slope. There is a stop along the way where you can enjoy the view of the gorge. Thunderbird Falls at the end of the trail has a roomy wooden deck area suitable for pictures with great views of the falls. Bathroom facilities are conveniently located at the beginning of the trail near the parking lot. The view is definitely worth the trip.



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May 2018