Explore the most popular lake trails near Cooper Landing with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

My first hiking trip ever. We did the 7 mile hike to Caribou Creek cabin. Trail was nice, a little muddy in spots but nothing that wasn’t impassable. Cabin was amazing!!!

hiking
5 days ago

Nice trail. Some steep sections. Beautiful lakes at the end of the trail. Couple of good view points. Places to camp

Nice hike kinda brushy. Moose and black bear seen on trail.

Beautiful trail, and easy-but saw a mama bear and her cub just a few feet off the trail and had to do a sharp about face, good thing it’s a loop trail!

Great short trail with just enough elevation to feel like you got a little workout and such a beautiful rewarding view at the end. High places overlooking Skilak Lake truly are breathtaking.

backpacking
28 days ago

Did this 38 mile trail in 2 1/2 days. Well marked with plenty of water resources, campsites and bear boxes. Beautiful views and easy elevation gain/drops.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Very well maintained trail. The views are pretty nice.

mountain biking
1 month ago

I biked the from the Russian river camp ground to the cooper trailhead. then snug harbor rd back to rrcg. no car shuttle. if coming the opposite way, it's a big climb up snug to the cooper trailhead. the trail was in great shape, except between apsen flats and ressurection. either super overgrown, washed out (some bits were super washed out. i was standing in the middle of the trail, at the bottom of the washout, and the actual trail was at chest level) or straight up mud pits. either ends of the trail were great though. It's super beary to begin with. and the overgrown-ness made it feel even more beary. trailhead to trailhead took 6-7 hours. I'd do it again, but before it can get overgrown. or maybe early fall when it starts to die back. the dispersed camp sites are big enough for 1 tent. I didn't see a single other person on the trail. aside from the people between the rrcg and rr falls trail.

Great hike. Cannot push a stroller or pull a wagon because through the marsh there are boards to walk on. Just a heads up for families. My 2.5 hiked the whole way there & some of the way back. Easy hike.

backpacking
2 months ago

I have now done this hike 4 summers in a row. I love it. It is great for kids and my 70 year old mother just finished it. The cabins along the way are great. The views are spectacular.

Great short hike. About the steepness of Skyline, but much shorter. You can get to the top in about 25 minutes if you keep a good pace.

hiking
3 months ago

IWe were just talking to the falls really and back. Got on trail late in the day. First Mile or so was pleasant but a bit of Muck in places. Next came halfway decent trail but muck and snow - you know the bit of snow that’s left over real packed down right on the trail.

As we get near the falls and started getting colder and more snow and I post-holed once or twice.

It was a nice shakedown hike for the beginning of the season.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful scenic views going up the mountain. It’s extremely muddy and icy beginning of the season so I’d say best time to go is in the summer. It was a short easy hike (some parts are inclined)with amazing views. Careful for bears though. Hence the name. We had to stop and turn around because of a bear sighting from a previous hiker.

hiking
9 months ago

loved it

Good quick hike with nice view.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

forest service cabins make this a great trip in not so perfect weather. great spots for tent camping. the middle part from devils creek to east creek is my favorite

Sunday, July 23, 2017

one of my favorite trails here in Cooper Landing. Easy yet breathtaking views.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Not a particularly exciting trail. Pretty straightforward. The trail branches off to other lakes that need to be added to the app...might do on another day, but definitely need more people.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

The three star review says it all. Decent trail, moderate elevation gain, well trafficked and great to get someone outside who isn't in the best of shape. I'd like to bike this trail to the first lake, the downhill would be a lot of fun.

hiking
Monday, June 19, 2017

Good moderate hike.
Can make it to the first lake in about an hour at a leisurely pace, less if you're moving quickly.
Great camping spots all around the first lake, a few good ones on the last lake.
Fun hike to spend an afternoon on.

hiking
Monday, June 19, 2017

Decent trail, modest hike on the shorter and easier side.
It has the name it does for a reason, just be aware.
Fun, short, has a couple camping spots at the summit.
Fairly kid and dog friendly.

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

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.

hiking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Loved this trail so much. We were able to rent a few cabins along the way and tented it the rest of the time. I was able to do this hike on a broken leg over 4 days (it was broken before the hike) without issues. Highly suggest it. Great views.

hiking
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

This trail is a typical Alaskan hike and the turnaround point has a lake (or 4 depending how far back you hike). Thus it's perfect to have your snack, get wet, and turn around to head back. We saw ducks, loons, and an eagle but no other wildlife.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Beautiful ⛰

on Russian Lakes Trail

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.

hiking
Monday, September 26, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed our fall hike on the lightly used Skilak Lookout trail (Bear Mtn trail is a nearby 1 mile loop which we have yet to do). Hike is on the easy side of moderate. Stretches of the trail can be rather wet so it's a good idea to wear waterproof hiking shoes and expect to get a little muddy. Also bear in mind the weather can change quickly in this region. We started off peeling layers in an unusually warm afternoon and a little over an hour were later were donning them all and looking for raincoats and protection from the chilly wind.

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!

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