Looking for a great trail near Cooper Landing, Alaska? AllTrails has 21 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around McHugh Creek Day Use Area or Bird Creek Campground, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 14 moderate trails in Cooper Landing ranging from 1.1 to 36.2 miles and from 341 to 2,657 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Beautiful views from the top. Directions are spot on. (There are two trailheads along the road though. The first is a game trail that goes nowhere. The second will get you up the mountain. Difficult climb towards the top but my pup did it!

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bridge out
muddy
washed out
7 days ago

Easy trail walk with very pretty fields of wildflowers and nice lake and river views. Visited on July 9 and when we got close to the lake, the boardwalks were completely submerged so we had to walk through 2 feet of water.

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over grown
12 days ago

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bugs
12 days ago

great hike with a handful of views of the river and salmon jumping at the falls! very buggy even with spray, so I would recommend long sleeves and pants even in the unusually warm weather right now. most of the trail is shaded and next to the river is a cool breeze so you shouldn't get too hot.

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12 days ago

Excellent trial and very well marked... I hiked it in a day a few weeks ago... take bear spray and big dope!

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19 days ago

Hiked on 6/2219. I would say moderate is accurate. Steep but short. Nice views and lots of wildflowers along the way.

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20 days ago

Great trail overlooking the Kenai. When we came back down to take the trail to the river bank we heard a bear and decided to turn around. Easy for kids!

We did the entire pass but this section was beautiful. Late June proved to be a perfect time to hike there.

An amazing hike! Beautifully maintained trail! Loved it all!!

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20 days ago

This was my first trail to ever backpack and it didn’t disappoint. The trail is beautifully maintained and the sights are gorgeous. We did the approximate 40 miles in 3 1/2 days. We started at the north trailhead in Hope, AK and hikes to the southern trailhead in Cooper Landing, AK. An amazing time!

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bugs
muddy
21 days ago

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24 days ago

Very good trail, nice views.

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bugs
rocky
scramble
27 days ago

Great hike. Very difficult and straight incline most of the way. Would not recommend wearing anything other than hiking boots. Dusty trail with sliding and scrambling over some rocks. Also the trail head is located off Stinson road and starts at the round about area. We had a hard time finding the trail head based off of the map directions all trails gives.

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over grown
rocky
28 days ago

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bugs
over grown
rocky
28 days ago

Good trail, lots of overgrown vegetation and a fallen log across path. Waterfall was great!! Could feel the mist from the lookout!

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30 days ago

I wish people would write some honest reviews here and just talk about how this trail is a steep mofo. My God. It’s doable if you remember that slow and steady wins the race. The views are spectacular, and the wildflower game was strong! There were no obvious signs of bears in the area, but maybe you’ll get lucky and see one.

The view at the top was worth the climb! A majority of the hike is uphill and parts were small on the side of the mountain. We did see a black bear about 20 feet from the trail on our way down. He wasn't aggressive, we didnt have to use our bear spray just some noise and he walked down the other way. But be safe!

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1 month ago

Moderate, not hard :) beautiful trail in Cooper Landing. Good conditions 6/15/19. No bears. Was worried about the wild fire smoke but it was really clear. Bring your bug spray!

Tough trail with an amazing end view. From the top you can see the Kenai lake and the Kenai river as well as 3 other lakes. Very steep at some points. Essentially 2 miles of steep stairs and occasional ladder climbs up rocks. Wear shoes with good traction, bring a walking stick or trekking poles for assistance on the downhill. Lots of colorful, beautiful flowers and foliage along the trail. Carry bear spray and a camera and you’re set.

Killer! Went the first week of June. Roughly 45min to the first lookout, straight up the entire time. A great place to stop. For those wanting more, continue another hour or so past several false summits hiking along the ridge or around the sides. Several steep parts scrambling up rock but very manageable. There was one flatter section within treeline where we weren't sure where to go. Right goes down to a lake. Continue left for the summit.

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muddy
1 month ago

Went first week of June. Really enjoyed it. Roughly 2.5hrs round trip-- spent some time at the top taking in the jaw-dropping view. Very steep. Still muddy at parts. Very worth it. Sprinkled some so a rainbow greeted us on our descent. Saw two moose on the drive back to the main road. Warning: road to trailhead has many potholes and rocks; the going is slow.

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bugs
1 month ago

This was on our bucket list of trails to do. My wife had done the section out of Cooper landind and camped in devil's pass last October and thought it was gorgeous. Unfortunately we were unimpressed with this side of the trail. Not that it wasn't a nice trail but you don't get out of timberline for 19 miles so we ended up with what I call trail trudge. The only campsite we liked was at mile 4 but it was right next to the trail. If available we would rent the cabin at mile 7 and base there for some fishing or exploring when hiking. We camped @ mile 9 which was in a meadow and had a beautiful view. There was a toilet and bear box but the bugs were atrocious. This would in our opinion is a nice trail for hiking with a group or mountain biking. All camps we passed had bear boxes and were situated by a water source. The trail was easy with no real major steep climbs We left around 10 and got to mile 9 around 3:30 with 80l packs probably 40#. we're planning a 2 niter but changed plans.

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