Tucked away in the sleepy skiing town of Girdwood, Alaska is the beautiful 15 foot tall cascading Virgin Falls.
Access to the falls begins at the end of Timberline Drive off of the Alyeska Highway. The short and easy hike to the waterfall is approximately a quarter mile long. The hike is a narrow dirt path that follows the Virgin Creek and leads to the Virgin Falls.
Walking along the trail, directly to your right you can see the gorge created by the creek. The gorge is high-up, so be careful to not stand too close to the edge.
With careful steps one can reach the bottom of the waterfall, lean against the rocks, and feel the mist of the cascading water hit their face on a hot summer Alaska day.
The hike is easily accessible to most people with it’s short distance. The hike has medium to steep elevation, but is hardly difficult due to the short distance from the parking area to the waterfall. The hike is a narrow dirt path that is easily navigable and in the summertime is rarely muddy.
You may recognize the falls from local photographers and instagram posts. It can be hard to believe the waterfall is just a quick walk from where you parked the car.
Virgin Falls is tucked away in the Chugach Mountains. The hike follows the steep cliffs above the creek in the coastal temperate rain forest of Girdwood.
Girdwood, Alaska, about 45 minutes South of Anchorage, is sandwiched between the Turnagain Arm and the Chugach mountains. Surrounded by seven glaciers, the ski town of approximately 2,000 people is a popular recreation spot for local Alaskans.
Take a short day trip to Girdwood from Anchorage to enjoy Virgin Falls and all that the Glacier City has to offer.