Russian Lakes Trail

Shuttle • 21.5 mi • 550 ft

A short day hike to Russian River Falls, a half-day hike to Lower Russian Lake, or a choice of 2-to-4-day backpacks to the 2 Russian Lakes. The Russian Lakes, two large lakes in the Russian River drainage, offer good campsites, trout fishing, and great scenery. Each lake has a fee cabin with a rowboat for cabin occupants, and there is a third cabin between the lakes at Aspen Flat. The Russian River’s two sockeye-salmon runs attract gulls, eagles, and yes, bears, for the feast, so practice good bear-country behavior on the trail when the salmon are in, from midsummer on. Special features: Large mountain lakes, fishing, boating, fee cabins; the falls and the lower lake are a fine family hike.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Seward
Length: 21.5 total miles
Elevation Gain: 550 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: June through September
Trailhead Elevation: 1,400 feet
Top Elevation: 1,500 feet
Local Contacts: Chugach National Forest, Seward Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Seward B-8; Trails Illustrated Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
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We hiked the 2.3 miles to the falls and back to the trailhead. Nice wide gravel path. If no rain, shorts and tennis shoes are fine. Dogs with bear bells worked for us, but be prepared for the surprise bicyclist as this is a family friendly trail. Great view of the falls and salmon run. Very little elevation change and no pot-holes. We didn't see any bears, but lots of warnings about them. We took bear bells and a sidearm. Great little trail.


nice wide gravel trail for the first portion, beautiful lakes, cabins are a must if possible

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