Explore the most popular waterfall 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
9 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
28 days ago

The falls are beautiful. You can also access the falls with a shorter distance if taken from a trail head off of Slaughter Ridge Rd.

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.

hiking
29 days 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.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Very well maintained trail. The views are pretty nice.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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
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.

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!

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!

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

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.

hiking
10 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!

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.

mountain biking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

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.

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

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
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.

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.

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