Russian Lakes

Seward, Alaska 99664

Russian Lakes

Russian Lakes Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This trail has two large mountain lakes, boating, camping, and
fishing, as the sockeye salmon runs attract all types of wildlife,
including humans."

Russian Lakes Trip Reports

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6/23/2012
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.
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9/1/2011
nice wide gravel trail for the first portion, beautiful lakes, cabins are a must if possible
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8/5/2009
This is a well-worn and easy to follow trail - something rather rare for Alaska - through spectacular back country wilderness. There is little elevation gain here so the hike is rather easy. Plan on using designated tent sites, as the terrain makes it difficult to find suitable spots - we spent our first night pitched on a small bank of smooth stones near a creek. YES, there are brown bears here! We encountered a brown on the edge of the Upper Russian lake at 20 ft; be prepared - bear vaults are a must!
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Trail Information

Seward
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
2.4-21.5 miles
Distance
550 feet
Elevation Gain
Several options
Trail Type
Moderate
Access
Best June through September
Season & Limits
Waterfalls
Features
Chugach National Forest, Seward Ranger District, PO Box 390, Seward, AK 99664; (907) 288-3178; www.fs.usda.gov/ chugach/
Local Contacts
USGS Seward B-8; National Geographic Kenai Fjords National Park
Local Maps

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