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Virgin Creek Falls
Hiking an Alaskan Waterfall in Girdwood Alaska
Nestled in the northernmost temperate rain forest in North America, Girdwood, Alaska, Virgin Creek Falls is a short hike which won’t wear you out but will certainly surprise you with its incredible beauty. Because Girdwood is a temperate rain forest, the flora in the area is a bit different than you would expect in many other parts of Southcentral Alaska.
Some liken it to hiking through an enchanted forest. Access to the trail head is literally at the end of a local subdivision road, so parking is extremely limited and if you do choose to hike, please be respectful of private property and private residences.
The hike is 1/3 of a mile one way and the trail only gains roughly 150 feet of elevation. This hike is easy enough for small children and those who aren’t quite adept at tackling a strenuous Alaskan trail.
Several small boards line the trail to help overcome some swampy parts and a few small areas of mud, and gradually raises in elevation until you reach the falls. Along the way you can hear the sound of Virgin Creek while the sounds of the waterfall grow louder and louder.
There are almost countless areas for photography along the trail and you’ll end up spending more time on this extremely short hike than you probably thought you would because of all the amazing things to look at!
When you reach the falls, you will have to descend a short portion of the trail where you will likely encounter slippery rocks, so be careful as you make your way up toward the falls. Rain and wetness on the Virgin Creek Falls trail is not uncommon because it is a temperate rain forest, so bringing a rain jacket, or planning to maybe get a bit damp is a good idea.
You can continue up past the falls for a short ways to continue your exploration, but the main trail does not go too much farther up the mountain. If you’re up for some serious bushwhacking, you can gain further elevation, but most people do not climb higher.
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-From Anchorage drive south on the Seward Highway.
-Turn Left on the Alyeska Highway as if you’re driving to Girdwood
-After you cross Glacier Creek bridge, take a Right on Timberline Drive
-Parking is at the very end of Timberline Drive
Distance: 1/3 mile one way
Elevation Gain: 140-150 feet
Route Type: Out and Back
Parking: Limited, in residential area
What to Bring:
Decent hiking shoes or boots
Rain gear (this area is known for frequently being rainy)
A wind breaker or light jacket
For another great hike near Anchorage, check out Thunderbird Falls!