Russian Lakes Trail

MODERATE 21 reviews
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Russian Lakes Trail is a 26.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cooper Landing, Alaska that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

26.3 miles
6040 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


cross country skiing

horseback riding






wild flowers


5 days ago

20 days ago

This is a great hike, if you happen to be in this area of Kenai. The hike to the upper lake is well worth the effort. The trail continues well beyond the upper lake. I might map it and log it on All Trails the next time I am in the area. This is an area with LOTS of bears! Be aware!

While you are doing this hike, take the slight detour, and see Russian River Falls. The falls are nothing spectacular, but this is where the salmon move upstream, and where lots of bears go to feed on them.

26 days ago

1 month ago

Beautiful ⛰

5 months ago

8 months ago

8 months ago

in all honesty we didn't hike the trail. we hiked down to the river from the campground, not using the paved area to get to the river. went salmon fishing, saw bears eating down below where we were fishing. the hike we took to the river was down the side of the gorge, at a good 60 degree down angle if not more, and had a blast going to and getting from the river to fish for salmon.

9 months ago

loved it.. very cool

9 months ago

A rainy day, but great. At the river/waterfall, we saw the spawning salmon swimming up the falls!

10 months ago

11 months ago

Wife, daughter and I were camping in another campground and decided to do this one in order to see the falls. We enjoyed the environment. Paths were very clean and easy to identify and walk on. We reached the falls which we thought were going to be slightly bigger but like them nonetheless. We also too another trail that was labeled for a fishing area and got to see the lower river area too. Weather was good and just a cool little trail to hike.

11 months ago

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Walkable trail but hills, great for salmon fishing and viewing

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Hilly, lots of trails off main trail, great for salmon viewing and fishing, saw a bald eagle close up

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Friday, March 25, 2016

Very easy trail. I loved taking the trail to the river and watching the salmon try to jump the falls against the stream. Paved and fairly easy and you can park at the camp grounds.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Excellent hike starting from the campground and up to the waterfalk continuing down along the russian river where we ran into a bear! a few stones were thrown and off it went. we carried bearspray just in case. lovely scenic hike with a lot of flowers.