Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

The waterfall makes the hike 5 stars. It’s amazing. The trail to it is a 3 star; not a lot of great views, a lot of trees (which I love but for Alaska you want the beautiful views right!?) very leisurely hike to the waterfall. Some mud but not bad.

hiking
25 days ago

Trailhead is across the road from parking area.

Fun hike straight up - sort of.

Some switchbacks and some very steep straight shots that are pretty tough if trail conditions are not right. Some nice covered area near the saddle. Good view of Gene Lake immediately below and Skilak to the south west. On a perfectly clear day with glass you can see Denali to the north east. I’ve seen it two different times, once from the saddle and once from the right hilltop beyond the saddle.

“The top” is generally considered st the saddle between two hilltops, but if you follow the trail up the hilltop to to the right, there’s a memorial plaque riveted into the stone and there used to be a waterproof time capsule of sorts (might still be there.) Some see this as the end, Continuing past this spot takes you around a horseshoe of up and down peak walking that is the Skyline to Fuller Lake Transition, and you come back down Fuller Lakes Trail.

Best advice? Hiking poles if trail conditions aren’t optimal. Watch for devils club and trim your toenails. You will be sorry on the way back down if you don’t. Also, no matter what the weather is down below, it can get pretty chilly up top.

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.

This is a great trail with quite a bit of a mountaintop experience, With some side Hilling just up above skyline as you head north east. Personally I recommend you go up to Skyline and come down Fuller on the other end. Skyline is very steep and the idea of coming down skyline after completing a long hike is very scary. It’s possible to walk down to the end of the finger South of fuller lake and intersect with the horse trail that leads down to upper fuller lake. But it’s also a challenge to bushwhack down through the trees and try to come onto the trail closer to the lake. It’s not easy but it can be done.

Most of the trail is exposed to the elements and it can get pretty cold, even on an otherwise hot and clear day. Also, there is no water available anywhere on the trail other than the beginning and the end. Please take plenty of water.

hiking
3 months ago

Very fun trail with some amazing views at the top! Went in late September so the trail was pretty muddy--wear good boots and probably bring a stick for the way down. We heard/scared off a bear during the middle of the hike and saw tons of bear prints all the way up. 10/10 would recommend this hike!

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.

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

This is a great point-to-point trail, it is not typically done as an out & back. On the far end of the Skyline Traverse, it hooks up with Fuller Lakes Trail and ends up following that to the Fuller Lakes Trailhead. Note that this is an extension, and ultimately a totally different hike and experience than the simpler Skyline up and down. I think a new page needs to be added, and this one needs to be updated to represent the full length of the Skyline Traverse, and to differentiate between two very different hikes.

hiking
7 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!

hiking
7 months ago

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!

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

mountain biking
8 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.

hiking
8 months ago

Short trail with a waterfall, nothing too special.

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!

it's narrow, muddy, and a bunch of bugs but the views are stunning

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

Amazing trail! STEEP. The trail head will say 2 mile round trip. I'm not so sure that's accurate. Ever step is worth the views at the top though. Brin bug spray or nets if you have them. Also some good binoculars would be great.

trail running
9 months ago

August 13, 2017. We hitchhiked from the Fuller Lakes trailhead to the Skyline trail. We fast hiked the route over to the peak above Fuller Lakes. The route is obvious and easy ridge hiking when the viability is good. Our error came in seeing the Fuller lakes directly below when we reached to last peak and thinking the best way was straight down the mossy tundra. Turns out there is a cliff band above the lakes and we had to head back up and sidehill a long way to the north before finding a decent decent. By decent, I mean alder bashing. We ended coming out on the north end of the upper lake and hiking out. Took us just over 6 hours including all our detours. Before going, make sure you know the best route off the mountain above Fuller Lakes. I am not sure there is an actual trail, but there must be a better way than we found.

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

hiking
9 months ago

Stumbled upon a black bear very early in the hike. The bear ran off. Continued on. The view from the top and about half way up is beautiful

This is an exquisitely taxing route if done in full.
Be in phenomenal shape with great knees, or don't go past the 3-1/2mile mark of the last peak of the main ridge.
The trail is infuriatingly hard to follow down from there to continue.
That's the first issue.
Then, once the final peak is reached, as you're going down the backside of the mountain, at about the 6-1/2 mile mark, there is a little anchor loop in the ground, that says "trail to Fuller Lake, start down now."
There is no trail from there, really. There is some flagging on a few shrubs that is hard to see, especially between them, and you have to go down a nearly 45 degree slope until you meet up with an also infuriatingly hard trail head, occasionally marked with more flagging in hard to see places.
Once on that trail it's rather overgrown, but usually followable. I had the benefit of coming behind a group, who were nice enough to beat the path a bit for me.
It's a long trek to the last lake of Fuller, but once there its easy walking.

Would i do this trail again in full?
Probably not.
Was it worth doing this once?
Yeah, but really only for bragging rights.

I advise only going so far as to the last peak of the main ridge and then going back. Thats still a 7 or so mile trek, and more worthwhile.
But hey, not everyone else has a body that wants to give out on them.
Don't be silly, bring poles.

I would definitely climb the first peaks again, those were great.

It was a great hike with amazing views! Very muddy at the bottom.

Great hike and is pretty hard!

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.

Beautiful views even on a cloudy day. connects to a ridge to walk along. loved this hike. hiking poles are very useful, especially going down

hiking
10 months ago

I added this trail as a new trail, because the only other one (that I could find anyway) is combined with Bear Mountain, which is a completely different trail. I enjoyed this trail because of the view at the top. This was my 1st hike in AK, so I think I chose a good one to start out with. Little muddy at the bottom in spots but was able to walk to the side and stay pretty much mud-free the entire trip. Took me about 3 hours in total, and that included some extra lounging and photo-taking time. Did not see any wildlife at all.

mountain biking
10 months ago

This is only a short section of the resurrection pass trail. It makes for a perfect day trip, but if you're on a bike you can do it in a couple of hours. Fun ride, but if you have the time go all the way to Juneau lake.

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!

10 months ago

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.

Super Rando, montée très raide des le départ!! Une vue impressionnante sur les sommets, lacs et même avec un peu de chance le denali!!!

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