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Thunderbird Falls

Waterfall in Alaska

Introduction

Trail Details

  • πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈ Length: The trail is 1.8 miles roundtrip.
  • πŸ“ˆ Elevation Gain: The trail gains about 347 feet in elevation.
  • πŸ›€οΈ Path: The trail is well-maintained with boardwalks, handrails, and viewpoints.
  • πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦ Accessibility: Suitable for families, including children and dogs on a leash.
  • πŸͺœ Difficulty: Generally considered easy, with a steep incline at the beginning.

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Best Time to Visit

  • 🌞 Summer: Best visited from May through August for mild weather and flowing waterfalls.
  • ❄️ Winter: Offers a unique experience with frozen waterfalls and snowy landscapes.
  • 🌦️ Weather: Be prepared for rain and muddy conditions, especially in spring and fall.
  • 🦟 Bug Spray: Essential during summer months due to mosquitoes.
  • πŸ“… Weekdays: Less crowded compared to weekends.

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Wildlife and Vegetation

  • 🐻 Bears: Black, brown, and grizzly bears inhabit the area.
  • πŸ¦… Birds: Eagles and ravens are commonly seen.
  • 🦌 Moose: Frequently spotted along the trail.
  • 🌲 Trees: The trail passes through a birch forest.
  • 🌿 Plants: Over 500 species of plants, including Sitka spruce and blueberry bushes.

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Nearby Attractions

  • 🏞️ Mirror-Edmonds Lakes Park: Offers picnicking, paddling, swimming, hiking, and biking.
  • πŸš΄β€β™‚οΈ Coyote Trails: Popular for strolling, biking, and skiing.
  • πŸš£β€β™€οΈ Eklutna Lake: Features extensive biking, hiking, paddling, and wilderness exploration.

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Visitor Tips

  • πŸ’§ Water: Bring at least a liter of water.
  • 🦟 Bug Spray: Essential during summer months.
  • πŸ—ΊοΈ Map: Carry a map of the area.
  • πŸ“± Phone: Ensure your phone is well-charged.
  • πŸ§₯ Layers: Dress in layers to adapt to changing weather conditions.
  • 🐻 Bear Spray: Recommended due to the presence of bears.
  • 🚻 Restrooms: Available at the trailhead but may not always be clean.
  • πŸ’΅ Fees: A $5 parking fee is required.
Travel Information
πŸ“žΒ Β Β Phone: (907) 345-5014
πŸ“Β Β Β Address: 25321 Old Glenn Hwy, Chugiak, AK 99567

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