Russian River Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Alaska and visited by thousands of travelers every year. Located in the Chugach National Forest, it’s recently become a destination in summer months for kayakers and hikers who want to enjoy a day outdoors. The falls are located near Cooper Landing on the Kenai Peninsula, roughly two hours south of Anchorage.
Details about Russian River Falls
The Russian River descends from high in the mountains by a series of streams that cascades together before plunging into an impressive 80-foot drop over a sheer cliff face. The best view of this dramatic scene can be found at nearby Observation Rock, which offers panoramic views up and down river.
Kayaking is by far one of the best ways to experience Russian River Falls, It’s a nice paddle downstream with various white water before you reach this natural wonder. The wilderness and surrounding wildlife has you feeling like you are are in a movie where it’s just you against mother nature. Once you reach the waterfall you can get close enough to feel its misty spray or just take some photos from afar. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife too as bald eagles often soar above these waters!
There are also several hiking trails that lead around and along both sides of the riverbank so you can explore around Russian River Falls for a full day of adventure.
Directions to Russian River Falls
To get to Russian River Falls from Anchorage:
1. Take Seward Highway South out of Anchorage towards Girdwood/Seward for about 95 miles.
2. Turn right onto Sterling Highway at Mile 106 (just past Cooper Landing).
3. Follow Sterling Highway for approximately 17 miles until you reach Exit Glacier Road/Russian River Ferry Road turnoff (on your left).
4. Turn left onto Russian River Ferry Road and follow it until you reach Bridge Access Rd (about 2 miles).
5. Turn right onto Bridge Access Rd and continue until you see signs for Russian River Campground & Picnic Area (on your right).
6. Park here and walk down to the river’s edge where you will find a trail leading upriver to the falls – this should take around 15 minutes or so depending on how quickly you move along! Enjoy!