Russian Lakes Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews
#12 of 24 trails in

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.

DISTANCE
26.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3113 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
6 months 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.

7 months ago

Beautiful ⛰

Saturday, October 08, 2016

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.

Monday, September 12, 2016

loved it.. very cool

hiking
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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

hiking
Monday, July 18, 2016

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.

hiking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Walkable trail but hills, great for salmon fishing and viewing

hiking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

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

hiking
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

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.

hiking
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

This beautiful trail takes along the Russian River past Upper and Lower Russian Lakes. Between the two lakes on a few occasions I've left the trail to see Skilak Glacier. Lots of bear on this trail and the mosquitos are vicious.

hiking
4 months ago

mountain biking
5 months ago

mountain biking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago

6 months ago

6 months ago

11 months ago

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Load More