Exploring Virgin Falls (Girdwood, Alaska)

Sharing my adventure hiking in Chugach National Forest to Virgin Falls in Girdwood, Alaska!

Growing up, I never enjoying hiking or climbing. 

It wasn't until most recently that I started finding interest in exploring the great outdoors, and when I found even the slightest interest in hiking. When I was preparing for my Alaska trip, I was mentally preparing myself for the worst--walking alongside scary-crazy cliffs and edges, horrible mosquitos, intimidating wildlife nearby, and humid weather. 

In all honesty, wildlife is quite literally all around you in Alaska so there is no escaping that (I mean I saw at least 5 moose in one day alone just on the side of the freeway). But apart from the fact that I knew that somewhere maybe only a few hundred feet from me there were critters and animals that could harm me if they so chose to, hiking in Alaska was a lot more pleasant than I expected. I am the most beginner level of hiking you can get--I did not even own a pair of proper shoes before my Alaska trip, and I was lucky enough to get some really great boots for my outdoor excursions that worked out really well for me. 

Hands down, the best hike I did in Alaska was while I was staying in Girdwood. We ventured through Chugach National Forest and made our way to Virgin Falls. The hike to the waterfall was short. I mean, we're talking less than a mile and easy enough for older children to hike. It was moderately easy to make my way through the rainforest, and there were only a few hairy edges that gave me slight nausea when I looked down (I am a total wimp and it was definitely less than 30 feet down to the bottom). 

Virgin Falls is absolutely beautiful and the Alaskan rainforest took my breath away!

Just a short drive from Turnagain Arm in Anchorage, you can find yourself only a short hike away from one of the Alaskan rainforest waterfalls at Virgin Falls in Girdwood, Alaska!

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  1. This is beautiful. I have four states left to visit and Alaska is one of them. I cannot wait to get there with my husband! Thanks for sharing. I will definitely look more into Girdwood.

    1. That is awesome you have been to so many states already! I definitely need to do more exploring here in the U.S. for sure. Hope you enjoy your future adventure in AK!

  2. Such A Beautiful Place, Would Love To Visit Some Day Looks Amazing!!

  3. This looks like such a beautiful, scenic place. It's so important to get out of the city regularly and explore the countryside. This would be a beautiful place to visit.

  4. Wow, what a beautiful place. Some of my family members have always wanted to see Alaska and now I can see why.

  5. Oh my goodness! The waterfalls are so beautiful there! There's so much green too! I bet you had the time of your life. I'd love to go to Alaska one day.

  6. You can't really resist such a breathtaking place like this! It would be nice to try the hiking spots in Alaska! And I really think that it's the perfect place to go to if you want to getaway from the stress!

  7. Alaska indeed is a gorgeous place to visit. It does remind me of the Upper Michigan. This Virgin Falls is something I would love to see if I ever get to Alaska. Thanks for sharing your hike.

  8. Your photos are gorgeous!! I never realized Alaska was such a beautiful place!!

  9. We love hiking. Now we get to include our little one which may be a challenge atm with her age. Lol

    Those are beautiful landscapes. Would love to visit Alaska sometime. It reminds me of home here in washington.

  10. I have always wanted to visit Alaska. If I ever get there Virginia Falls will be on my go see list. The scenery is just beyond belief.

  11. Beautiful! I really want to go to Alaska someday. Hope the weather is cooler than here.

  12. I was born in Kodiak Alaska and I don't remember our time there. My dad was in the Navy and stationed at Anchorage. I am really enjoying your photos so much, I am going to send this link to my oldest sister who was also born in Alaska. It's been our dream to go there and visit every inch of it.

  13. What a beautiful place! I love the photos! I have never been hiking my whole life and I'd love to see places like this!


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