Monday, August 20, 2012

Barber Cabin- Fantastic Family Hiking

Destination: Barber Cabin 
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:  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.
Barber Cabin
The beauty of this hike is that it is easily doable for children. The cabin itself is labeled as "handicap accessible", and the trail is as well. We chose to bring our Chariot stroller to allow for flexibility in our journey--- either our little guy could ride in the stroller, my frame pack could ride while he is on my back or he could hike on his own. It was a must in order to carry the necessary gear and food for 2 days of rustic camping.

Inside of cabin
 The trail is roomy, but has very tall growth on either side. There are parts that go through trees as well. Definitely a must to make plenty of noise!

High weeds/growth, but still well-established trail
 The cabin is located on the Lower Russian Lake and comes complete with bunks to sleep 6, table and benches, wood stove and a canoe and life vests. The canoe is tied up a few hundred yards away at the dock by the lake.

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.

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