Photo of Virgin Creek Falls courtesy Paxson Woelber.
Take advantage of snowmelt in the early summer to see these waterfalls at their peak flow.
These 200-foot falls are impressive to view and easy to access. Just north of Eagle River, the trail starts with a climb of about 100 feet elevation gain, then levels out for a one-mile walk to a viewing platform. The trail continues to the base of the falls for those seeking more up-close adventure.
Virgin Creek Falls
Head south from Anchorage to Girdwood for this hike. The half-mile trail starts in a neighborhood and passes through lush forest to the small cascade. Continue past the falls to reach the top of Max’s Mountain.
Accessing these falls is an all-day journey. It’s a 13-mile trek along the Eklutna Lakeside Trail to views of these falls that twist hundreds of feet down a mountain face. Visitors can opt to stay overnight at the Serenity Falls public use hut.