Thunder Bird Falls

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Quick Facts
  • Location: 61 ° 26' 25.258" N, 149 ° 21' 27.383" W
  • Region: Anchorage
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  • Elevation: 381 ft (116.13 m)


Getting There
From Anchorage take Glenn Highway about 25 miles north, take a right and exit on to Old Glenn Highway. There will be signs on the highway for Thunder Bird Falls though the sign and everything will read Thunderbird Falls.

on Thunder Bird Creek, 0.4 mi. S of its junction with Eklutna River, 4.7 mi. NE of Birchwood and 24 mi. NE of Anchorage, Cooke Inlet Low.
Thunder Bird Falls is a mild waterfall located just under a half hour outside Anchorage. There is a decent sized parking lot right off Old Glenn Highway for parking. There is a parking fee and a parking ticket machine. From there a well maintained, wide trail, provides to access the falls. It is an easy hike with a few ups and downs but nothing too demanding.

At the end of the trail there is a switch back down to Thunder Bird Creek, or a short distance past that there is a viewing deck from which one can observe Thunder Bird Falls.

Local name reported in 1942 by Army Map Service (AMS).
Naming: Thunder Bird Falls was first recorded as the name of the falls in 1942 by AMS, it was a locally given name.


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