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Kenai River Trail is a 10.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cooper Landing, Alaska that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

Length 10.1 mi Elevation gain 1,502 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Backpacking Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running River Views Wild flowers Wildlife No dogs
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Note: As of June 2020, the lower river is closed due to a fire however this trail is still accessible.

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Melissa Clark
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the views are so beautiful! unfortunately a lot of the trail, including the lower lake, is closed due to the fire. I cant wait for it to open up again; the entire hike will be amazing

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Lauretta Earll
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So glad this trail finally opened back up!! it is actually VERY open now so I'd be very careful bringing little kids down it (we kept the ours in back packs the way up for not knowing the condition of the trail) with all the laid down trees and burned area there is not a lot of buffer between the trail and the edge of the canyon/cliffside heading up to the lookout so I'd be cautious with littles. but the trail itself is still in good condition.

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Crystal McKenney
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We went in about 2 miles last weekend. there were many people hiking in well past the sign than said the trail was closed. we had to climb over some downed trees several times. The whole area burned last summer but it was beautiful in a way.

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Allison Capps
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loved every minute of this. easy trail. beautiful. did the whole thing bit forgot to track. 10/10 recommend

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Randi McHenry
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Great trail overlooking the Kenai. When we came back down to take the trail to the river bank we heard a bear and decided to turn around. Easy for kids!

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Connor Morin
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Carolina Rodriguez
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It was a great experience because of the beautiful blue river I got to see, and during the hike there was so much suspense as we came across a lot of fresh bear shit and a paw print. I loved how wild and rugged and dense it was in some parts of the hike. The suspense and paranoia was worth the view of the river.

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Nick Teachout
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Lot of fun, definitely in bear country I saw a few fresh tracks on my way back.

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Kirsten Chesney
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The only reason I gave this hike one star was because it had had recent grizzly bear activity on it. In hindsight I should not have hiked it. There was bear "sign" right on the trail, especially down by the river, and it was steamy fresh--very unnerving. There was also mangled fish carcasses at the beginning of the trail, far before you reach the river, not to mention ten or so carcasses along the river. And the terrible smell from the bears was everywhere! The whole experience detracted from the hike and I didn't take any pictures or stop to enjoy the view. If bears weren't frequenting the trail, it would have been a great hike. I only did the loop from the second trailhead parking lot. It brings you gently downhill through thin trees and grassy undergrowth. It's pretty enclosed most of the way down until you reach the river. The mountain views from the river are very pretty, as is the rushing river itself. I wasn't able to complete the loop though because the trail was completely underwater for a large section and I didn't have wading gear. This underwater section was also choked with tall grasses, making it hard to follow even if I had decided to wade through. Another time of year may have been better to do this trail, when the river wasn't so full. Overall, easy hike, pretty views by the river, good shade and trees headed down. I was hiking alone, but I recommend going with a group of people who like to talk loudly! I talked loudly the whole hike, which is likely why I didn't see any bears, but it really took the joy out of hiking. Don't forget the bear spray!

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Jordyn Richmond
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Did the west trail until the end. Beautiful overlooks of the river, moderately easily with a few steep rocky areas.

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Lincoln Mcbride
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loved it

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Michelle Hernandez
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Beautiful easy trail

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Tonia Maria
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This is a beautiful hike high a over the river for breathtaking views. Very easy. I definitely encountered a bear eating berries on the trail but he ran away when he saw me. Not heavily trafficked with lots of spots to pause, sit and view fishing row boats go by.

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Eric Warnke
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Took the kids last weekend and had a great time. Breathtaking views and gorgeous weather. Not difficult for my young boys but still a good workout. Maintained trails. A woman in the parking lot had seen a brown bear but we missed it.

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Audrey Grant
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Great family hike!!

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cherie santiago
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Peter Heid
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Tamlyn Silva
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Kendra Charlton
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Lenore Swanson
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Robert Pena
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Jake Prieto
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Justan Samson
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Courtney Bennetts
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Georgia Toney
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Andrew L. Stinson
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Gary Harris
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clark reno
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Sergio Garcia Palomares
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