Trail

Russian River Falls

Cooper Landing, AK
Length: 4.00 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

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The Russian River is teaming with thousands of green-headed, red-bodied sockeye salmon during the two major summer runs between mid-June and late July. Hike out and observe the massive runs power their way upstream through the powerful current and onto their ancestral spawning grounds. Although the salmon run Nature’s show here at the falls, hikers should be alert to bear activity in the area. Black and brown bears both live here and sometimes appear on the river to scoop salmon from the water. The viewing platform provides a small, intimate opportunity to view the salmon.

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Trail Features

Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception None
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
Yes

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Mud Puddles, Shaded Hike, Viewpoint, Waterfall, and Wildlife Viewing

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $11.00

It is $11 for parking.

Trail Contributor

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Lacey Stock is the Kenai Peninsula Branch Ambassador (16,000 square miles) in Alaska for Hike it Baby. She is also a volunteer on the Technical Support Team and Calendar Team for Hike it Baby. She has visited 49 out of the 50 United States and hopes to hit Hawaii in the near future. She has enjoyed hiking all her life and hopes to instill that same value and love in her three daughters (Rebekah (6), Hannah (4), and Esther (2).) Originally from Katy Texas (Near Houston), she now resides in Nikiski Alaska. Lacey owns her own yoga studio and volunteers on two local boards (Kenai Little League and Nikiski Senior Service Area). She also is a fulltime college student currently with a Associates of Technology in Process Technology and pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Social Sciences with concentrations in Anthropology, Government & Political Science, and Economics. She is a homeschooling mom as well and loves to take her kiddos on “fieldtrips” around the country where you can almost always find them hiking during the trip.