Lower Eagle River Trail and South Fork Falls

Eagle River, Alaska

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This hike follows a wide, easy path. The trail is mainly level and travels through a mixed spruce and birch forest with views of the Eagle River and surrounding mountains. Wildflowers and other beautiful vegetation make this hike a nice weekend jaunt with the family. However, the biggest attraction of this trail is the South Fork Eagle River Falls, located at approximately mile 3.0. These impressive falls, probably one of the most striking falls in the entire area, make this hike well worth doing. The Lower Eagle River Trail is part of the Eagle River Greenbelt, a collaborative effort of the Alaska State Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, and the Municipality of Anchorage. The entire trail extends almost 7.0 miles along the south fork of the Eagle River and is probably a more popular trail for local residents for running, biking, horseback riding, day hiking, and various winter activities.
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by John Tyson (Falcon Guides)

This hike follows a wide, easy path. The trail is mainly level and travels through a mixed spruce and birch forest with views of the Eagle River and surrounding mountains. Wildflowers and other beautiful vegetation make this hike a nice weekend jaunt with the family. However, the biggest attraction of this trail is the South Fork Eagle River Falls, located at approximately mile 3.0. These impressive falls, probably one of the most striking falls in the entire area, make this hike well worth doing.

The Lower Eagle River Trail is part of the Eagle River Greenbelt, a collaborative effort of the Alaska State Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, and the Municipality of Anchorage. The entire trail extends almost 7.0 miles along the south fork of the Eagle River and is probably a more popular trail for local residents for running, biking, horseback riding, day hiking, and various winter activities.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running
Nearby City: Eagle River
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 230 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 to 4 hours
Season: May through September
Local Maps: USGS Anchorage
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower Eagle River Trail and South Fork Falls

Recent Trail Reviews

6/14/2015
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Just like the description, this is a very easy day hike that can be completed in a few hours. I did it with a pregnant wife and two dogs without any issues. You should be prepared to change shoes once you reach the eagle river fork because you will have to cross this in order to continue, any water shoe will do. The views of the waterfall were great and we definitely recommend this hike.



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May 2018