Pioneer Falls is one of the less known waterfalls within Alaska mainly because there isn’t one place where you can view the cascading waters in it’s entirety. However, for those who are near the city of Palmer, it’s definitely an attraction worth putting on your bucket list of places to explore.
Details about Pioneer Falls
We believe the total height of the waterfall is between 75 to 100 feet tall. It’s hard to know for sure as the best views you’ll find seem to max around 25 feet before it twists around the wilderness and require additional hiking to find another scenic section. Still it doesn’t matter what angle you discover along your journey as it’s wilderness backdrop in the Chugach State Park is second to none.
Pioneer Falls was named after early settlers who arrived in this part of Alaska during the late 19th century. The falls have since become an iconic symbol to the area for it’s history in Alaskan culture. During summer months, you can swimming at various sections of the waterfall or shorelines of the Knik river. You will often see anglers casting their lines in the early mornings or even the adventurous kayaker trying to brave the rushing waters.
Directions to Pioneer Falls
From Palmer, Alaska: Map
1. Head north on Knik-Goose Bay Road towards Pioneer Peak Road for 3 miles
2. Turn right onto Pioneer Peak Road and continue for 0.4 miles
3. Turn left onto Woodland Drive and follow it for 1 mile until you reach the parking lot at the end of the road 4. From here, take a short walk along the trail to reach Pioneer Falls