Russian River Falls

MODERATE 38 reviews

Russian River Falls is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cooper Landing, Alaska that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
570 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

hiking
2 hours ago

very easy hike with wide trail. great views of the salmon swimming up stream.

hiking
10 days ago

Except for a very short and steep climb to get to the main trail, the trail was very easy to hike. Very well maintained path to the falls. We did see signs (scat and tracks) that bears had been around recently. The view of salmon jumping upstream was amazing. Great views along the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Well-maintained trail and great views of the mountains and river are worth the walk. Comfortable viewing platform highlights dozens of salmon and high potential for bear and bald eagle sightings. Small parking lot (with bathroom) but lots of people on trails. Bring bug spray.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful day and we'll maintained trail. Saw a black bear when parking and a young brown bear fishing on the river at the turn around point.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail mostly flat but an $11 day pass is steep. Nice viewing platform of the salmon jumping up stream in late June to early July. Early morning at times bears can be spotted on the trail and fishing the salmon stream.

backpacking
2 months ago

Easy hike with great views of flowing water and small waterfalls. Paired this hike with Russian Lakes trail and it made for a great day and exercise.

hiking
2 months ago

It was a beautiful June day, sunny and warm. Very easy hike to the platform overlooking the falls. I saw a few salmon jumping but no bears anywhere.

2 months ago

Saw a bald eagle. Other than that, uneventful trail that is more like a dirt road. Too early for bear & salmon.

hiking
7 months ago

I’ve done this trail a few times growing up, it’s always beautiful. I would say it’s not even moderate, it’s well groomed and pretty easy hike. The falls at the end are worth it, and there’s a few side paths you can take if you find them.

hiking
7 months ago

Visited in May, no salmon yet. Still beautiful terrain. Wide path, easy. Spotted a porcupine, no bears, though many people do see bears!

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike, even though it was raining when I did it. It was near dusk so I didn't complete the whole thing, but I'd highly recommend it to families, kids, and those who want an easy hike. Wide trail, easy to follow, plenty of trees/shade. Always bring bear spray, I smelled them at one point. It's hard to mistake their smell!

mountain biking
10 months ago

Think of this trail as being senior day at the grocery store. It is a well maintained and wide trail. Hell, you could bring a wheelchair down it. It is fun to watch the fish jump though.

11 months ago

Awesome walk. Super easy trail yet the distance can be kinda deceiving. Don't let the length worry you, it goes by fairly quick. Don't forget a gun or bear spray though. It is pretty common to see bears on the hike. Definitely recommend if you are a fan of cool waterfalls!

11 months ago

Great trail even in the rain it was a beautiful hike.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

I'm 56. Great family trail. I would rate it easy not moderate.

hiking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

My family and I, along with some good friends, hiked this trail up to the falls where we saw salmon making the trip upstream and jumping. The trail is an easy walk and we saw some great scenes of Alaska on this hike!

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

I would rate this as an easy trail. Our family hikes it at least once a year. Bonus you get to see salmon going up a water fall and I have seen bears feeding on salmon at the bottom of falls several different times. Nice ski in the winter too.

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

If you happen to be in this area, the easy hike to Russian River Falls is well worth the effort. If you time your visit right, you will see salmon spawning and moving up the river here. There is a well-made viewing platform that allows you a front row seat. This is also where bears come to catch salmon, so be bear aware.

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