Photo of Virgin Creek Falls courtesy Paxson Woelber.

Take advantage of snowmelt in the early summer to see these waterfalls at their peak flow. 

Thunderbird Falls

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. 

Serenity Falls

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. 


Alexander Deedy formerly worked as the assistant editor and digital content manager for Alaska magazine.

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