South Fork Falls (Barbara Falls)

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1.3 ml
.5-1 hr
190 ft

Best Time of Year: Jan 01

Explore this short and easy 1.3-mile trail near Eagle River, just outside of Anchorage. This in-and-out hike can be completed in less than an hour but you'll want to plan a few minutes to take in the breathtaking waterfall (icefall in the winter) at the end.

Conditions: The trail can get muddy in late spring and in the summer. In the winter, the trail can get icy, use caution when hiking during these conditions and consider wearing ice cleats.

Access: The falls can also be accessed from the overlook above. Cross over the South Fork Eagle River bridge and take a left until you reach the base of the falls.

Parking: There's a small area to park at the bottom of Ken Logan Circle. All Chugach State Park trails require a day-use parking pass or parking decal. 

Note: Remember to stay on designated paths and roads and off of the private property.

Dogs: Welcome, may be off-leash in some areas.

As with all trails in Alaska, hikers should be prepared, dress in layers, and bring plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, a map of the area, bear spray, and a well-charged cell phone.

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