Russian River Falls

Russian River Falls, Cooper Landing: Address, Russian River Falls Reviews: 4.5/5

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gcballdmd
Osprey, FL13 contributions
Nice hike
Aug 2021
My wife and I did this hike and we found it to be relatively easy and well worth the time. Lots of spawning fish and beautiful hike.
Written September 9, 2021
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Jodi V
Lafayette, CO95 contributions
A walk in the woods
Jul 2021
Trail is nicely maintained, but we went on a Sat. in late July and the whole area was very busy/full with people fishing and visiting. Had to park and walk from the Pink Salmon lot, which added on a decent amount of walking, maybe another mile (including another big hill). Since we live near mountains this trail wasn't so much different - a nice walk in the woods with water running on one side, but not a lot of variety. The viewing area at the falls (end) is on wooden platforms well above the water - we didn't see bear there, but we also couldn't see the salmon that well. There are other places/weirs you can see the salmon jump or in the water much closer (like Bear Creek Weir near Seward). We were bear aware but didn't have spray, the rangers/volunteers were out at the Pink Salmon bathroom area and we talked with them some before we went. We were fine though we think we heard a bear growling at one point (but never saw one). We wouldn't do this trail again, especially going the 600 yds down to see the fishing area - steep in spots and not great footing (roots and rocks). Again, you can see people fishing at much easier access spots along the Sterling Hwy (or probably right near the Pink Salmon parking area here). It's not a lot to pay, but between the cost, distant parking, and generally average trail, I'd give this a miss unless you're already in the area and/or want to get out of the car for a while.
Written August 11, 2021
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Jrbsmom166
New York City, NY94 contributions
Better than expected
Aug 2021 • Couples
This is a relatively easy hike to the Falls. Once there, we were lucky enough to see the salmon jumping up the Falls trying to get back home.
Written August 8, 2021
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TLO_RH
Rock Hill, SC31 contributions
Beautiful Hike
Jul 2021 • Couples
This is a moderate but beautiful hike. Be ware that this area has a lot of bear activity. We had two Grizzlies walk into the trail a little way in front of us even though we were making plenty of noise. They wondered off and we continued on our way and really enjoyed the hike. Unless there was another parking lot that we didn’t see, parking is limited.
Written July 26, 2021
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Blueberrygrl
Bedford, NH38 contributions
Watch the salmon run
Jun 2021
At the recommendation of the Kenai NP representative, we stopped at Russian River Falls on our way to Seward for a hike to see Salmon. Easy hike thru the woods to the Falls and observation platforms. Plenty of salmon trying to swim upstream, but at our visit no Bear in the falls. Did hike 600 yds downstream to watch the sport-fishing groups snag some fish. Definitely worth the time and the hike.
Written July 10, 2021
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Mike F
Midlothian, VA95 contributions
Easy & beautiful hike
Jul 2021 • Family
Such a beautiful hike and easy, too! Great path to talk along to get to the falls. The trail was not crowded when we went, but it was a weekday morning. I can imagine it might get quite crowded on the weekend. It cost 11 dollars for parking. Seeing the waterfall and the salmon jumping is so worth more! I would highly recommend this hike to anyone and everyone.
Written July 1, 2021
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Tracy Zupin
Embarrass, MN48 contributions
A fun hike, beautiful river and amazing wildlife viewing!
Aug 2020 • Couples
The hike into the falls area is well used. The path was easy to walk as long as you had good shoes. Bring extra water!! We watched a wounded bear feeding on salmon. The bears paw was injured and it had difficulty catching and eating it’s fish. It was a breath taking experience!
Written June 17, 2021
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rachel w
8 contributions
Bear & salmon watching
Aug 2020
Great location for bear watching up close. Also a great place to view salmon spawning during the spawning season. Beautiful!
Written August 25, 2020
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Joseph H
Beavercreek, OH1,183 contributions
Awesome Hike - With Salmon and Bears!
Aug 2020
A kayak guide from Seward recommended my wife and I drive to Russian River Falls, hike the 2.1 miles to the falls, and enjoy the salmon run while possibly also seeing some bears. The guide was spot on! After seeing documentaries on TV seeing salmon leap from river level to one another while running the 'gauntlet' of bears, it was a bit surreal to personally witness it! This hike, during salmon run, is most definitely worth the $11 parking fee!
Written August 17, 2020
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Veronica Hunter
Medford, NJ5,309 contributions
Meorable Experience
Jul 2020
The hike from the parking lot to the Falls is an hour. We took our time walking, while taking photos. We saw people on bikes and other hikers around 11:00 am.
The hike ends at a wooden deck, where we safely viewed lots of salmon in the river and one brown bear trying to catch a fish.
Written August 10, 2020
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