Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

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.

It was a great experience because of the beautiful blue river I got to see, and during the hike there was so much suspense as we came across a lot of fresh bear shit and a paw print. I loved how wild and rugged and dense it was in some parts of the hike. The suspense and paranoia was worth the view of the river.

Lot of fun, definitely in bear country I saw a few fresh tracks on my way back.

hiking
10 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!

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, 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, May 28, 2017

Did the west trail until the end. Beautiful overlooks of the river, moderately easily with a few steep rocky areas.

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.

Monday, September 12, 2016

loved it.. very cool

Monday, September 12, 2016

loved it

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

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Beautiful easy trail

hiking
Friday, March 25, 2016

This is a beautiful hike high a over the river for breathtaking views. Very easy. I definitely encountered a bear eating berries on the trail but he ran away when he saw me. Not heavily trafficked with lots of spots to pause, sit and view fishing row boats go by.

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
Sunday, September 07, 2014

Took the kids last weekend and had a great time. Breathtaking views and gorgeous weather. Not difficult for my young boys but still a good workout. Maintained trails. A woman in the parking lot had seen a brown bear but we missed it.

hiking
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Great family hike!!

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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
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

beautiful forest walk. some areas of exposed tree roots and wet areas on trail make it a workout even without any major elevation changes. bears and moose in area so keep eye out. I didn't have any problems. But, that might have had something to do with the noise 18 teenage girls make when hiking.

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