Leaving the summertime bustle of downtown Anchorage behind, it's a 40-minute drive with your guide to the trailhead of this Valley & Forest Hike. The route out of town is a lovely intro to the scenery you'll see on the trail. Craggy mountains rise higher and higher along the road as it winds alongside the Eagle River, eventually ending at the Eagle River Nature Center and Chugach State Park.
Superb valley views.
From here the trail gently descends through contrasting microclimates. Twisting cottonwoods, meadows of tall grass, and groves of birch and aspen neighbor one another. As you continue along the path your guide points out the dynamic forest's features, bring into focus the array of plants and animals within: Devil's club and ferns, chittering birds and maybe even a distant bear. It's an ecological journey as much as a physical one and the miles pass quickly.
When you've returned to the trailhead, it's a short ride to second trail to beautiful Barbara Falls. Some call this place a fairy land, with ferns, moss, and misty air setting the scene for some gorgeous waterfall photos. After soaking in the setting the tour wraps up with a return ride to Anchorage.
The Valley & Forest Hike covers about 5 miles with 500 feet of elevation gain. The valley trail is well established. The trail to the waterfall is more uneven and can be slippery. The tour time includes just over an hour of travel and about four hours hiking.
What to Bring
Wear comfortable outdoor hiking clothes and sturdy hiking shoes. Bring rain gear, extra warm layers, and a hat and gloves depending on the weather. Don't forget a camera, binoculars, and water.
This is a moderate activity. The guide will tailor the group's pace so that all guests are comfortable. No experience is necessary, but it is best enjoyed by those who can walk at least five miles on uneven, occasionally slippery terrain.
Transfers & Meeting Points
The Valley & Forest Hike tour picks up and drops off at the Egan Center in downtown Anchorage.
555 W. 5th Ave
Rates & Dates
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Rates & Dates
5/15/23 (M) to 9/30/23 (Sa)5/15/23 (M) to 9/30/23 (Sa)
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