07 October 2014

Thunder Bird Falls Trail

Last week, Mom, Mallory and I hiked Thunder Bird Falls for the first time. It is located halfway between Palmer and Eagle River, and we literally pass it each time we go to Anchorage. 

Chugach State Park
I have to admit, I was surprised with how short the hike was. It's only about 2 miles round trip (or so they say) so, if you are looking for a workout, this is a hike for another day. But oh my goodness did we pick the perfect fall day for this hike! The colors were amazing and the air was just dripping with fall.
Fall in Alaska
Fall in Alaska

huge leaves
Chugach State Park

Fall in Alaska
We are told these falls are equally impressive during the winter time when they become ice sculptures! I'll report back to you on that. ;) The sound of the falls reminded me of the noise machine we use in our bedroom. Nap time anyone?!
Chugach State Park

Chugach State Park
The key to this hike for us was walking along the river a bit on our way back to the car. Just after you turn around from viewing the falls, there is a little split in the trail that leads you right. Take that one! We were able to touch the icy cold water, insert ourselves inside trees and get muddy. That my friends is where the Thunder Bird Falls magic happens!
Chugach State Park

Chugach State Park
Chugach State Park

Chugach State Park
I have a confession to make. The "Amanda in a tree" photo took place for two reasons... 1. I'm inside a big ass tree. 2. To listen to the inappropriate jokes that Kyle had once he saw this picture. Ha! That man has a dirty mind. 


Chugach State Park

I can definitely see me and Mally hitting this train regularly in the coming months. It's quick and easy and oh so close to the house! Win! 
After our hike I took mom to one of my favorite pizza spots in Anchorage, Fat Ptarmigan. They have outstanding caprese salad and the best thin crust pizza in town!
Happy Tuesday night, friends! :)

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