Virgin FallsChugach National Forest
The Virgin Falls are in an amazing rain forest and the best part of this trail. With parental guidance children could easily hike the short distance to the falls. If you are into hiking with elevation, this is a good trail. The group I was with did not go to the top or the end of the trail but we did go a long way up. I was told by someone that the trail goes to the top of the mountain and if you follow the ridge to the left it will lead you to the Alyeska Ski Resort and you can take one of the service roads down or just go back the way you came. Be sure to take the trail back to the parking area that you came up on because if you are heading behind cabins then it is a dead end trail.
I heard the brush and devil’s club can hide the small trail to the top but this was not a problem when we went October 1, 2006. This trail is not marked on any of the maps so that means it is not a maintained trail above the falls but it is challenging and for anyone in good shape.
Take water, warm clothes and rain gear. I haven’t done this trail in winter yet.
Directions: heading from Anchorage to Girdwood turn off the Seward Hwy onto the Alyeska Hwy/Road and head towards Girdwood. On the right, before the three way stop, look for a turn onto Timberline Drive and keep going on the dirt road to the end of Timberline where there is a dead end and a turn around. Park in the turn around but avoid blocking driveways. The trail starts at the end of the road and is marked by a small sign.