Trail: Russian Lakes Trail. Access from Russian River campground in Cooper Landing, AK. Free parking for those with cabin registration (bring printed out copy for proof).
Distance: 3.3 miles each way (6.5 RT)
Trail conditions: Jogging stroller friendly, child friendly, high grasses and trees; hilly
To reserve: http://www.recreation.gov/ As of 8.20.12, the cost is $45/night for Barber Cabin.
Forest service cabins are wonderful destinations for camping trips. If you have not been to one yet, you definitely should. Some are relatively short hiking distances, others are 10+ miles away from the nearest road and even more you can only fly or boat into. Endless adventure awaits.
|Inside of cabin|
|High weeds/growth, but still well-established trail|
|Have canoe, will paddle|
One of the first things we did upon arriving was to take the canoe out on the water. The lake is surrounded by mountains that have plentiful waterfalls, eagles, loons and glacier views.
|Few things can beat this|
|View of surrounding mountains/waterfalls|
|Checking out loons and waterfalls|
|Paddling our way to an early bedtime|
It is one of the most idyllic settings we have found. It was removed enough from others to make it feel as if we were the only ones for miles.
On the hike back, we spotted a young coyote on the side of the trail. This is one of the many reasons to keep your canine friends on a leash while hiking! Of course, no picture to follow.
We will definitely be making a return trip next year. I would highly suggest you try to as well if an adventurous mood should strike.