Walk Through A Snowy Alaskan Wonderland To Get To A Frozen Waterfall On The Thunderbird Falls Trail
If you’re looking to get outside and explore our beautiful state this season, you need to check out this winter waterfall hike only 30 minutes from Anchorage. Grab your loved ones and adventure along this short and easy hike to a gorgeous frozen waterfall. It’s one winter activity you’ll definitely want to add to your winter bucket list!
Within Chugach State Park is a wondrous little trail that takes you all the way to a beautiful waterfall.
This trail is accessible all year long, and especially magical in the wintertime. It’s a short, rolling trail, and a wonderful way to stretch your legs after too much time indoors.
The trail offers incredible peekaboo views as you hike along the trail.
You’ll see stunning mountains in the distance, and the river below you as you hike along the canyon’s edge. The forest offers some protection from the weather as you travel along the trail.
When you reach the end of the trail, there’s a viewing platform.
This gives exceptional views of the waterfall in the warmer months. If you’re having a harder time viewing the icy waterfall from this upper vantage point, there’s a split in the trail that will take you down to the river, and the base of the waterfall.
There you’ll see stunning blues and whites, and a waterfall rushing beneath a wall of ice.
This is a stunning area to explore. Be sure to mind your step, because the water covered ice can be very slippery. Bring crampons or ice cleats if you plan to head to the base of the waterfall.
The entire hike is only 1.8 miles, out and back.
There is only 302 feet of elevation gain along the entire trail, which makes it very accessible. The only steeper section is if you elect to head down to the base of the falls, which can be avoided if desired.
The trailhead of this pretty hike has plenty of parking available.
The exit is clearly marked and easy to find on the Glenn Highway. There is a $5.00 per car parking fee if you don’t have an annual pass.
Put this hike on your winter list of ways to explore outdoors this year.
Easy enough for everyone in the family, a short drive from the biggest city in Alaska, this is a great way to spend an afternoon. You’ll love how easy and short this lovely trail is!
Have you ever explored this winter waterfall hike? What did you think? Did you love it? Let us know in the comments below!
If you’re looking for more great hikes to do this season, here are
18 Picturesque Trails In Alaska That Are Perfect For Winter Hiking.
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Thunderbird Falls, 25321 Old Glenn Hwy, Chugiak, AK 99567, USA