The trail to the Russian River Falls is probably one of the best maintained trails in Alaska. It is a wide 6 feet, gravel the entire 2.3 miles. There are 2 viewing decks overlooking the falls, though many people traverse down the bank for a closer look at the falls and the fish. It is amazing to see scores of salmon swimming upstream against the current, against the falls. In shallow areas I could see the fins of fish sticking out of the water. Occasionally a fish will fly out of the water and jump up the falls. Three years ago when we visited the falls we had the fortune of seeing a brown bear wading at the base of the falls, hunting for fish. It looked more like play than hunting as the bear jumped around in the water.
There is an entry fee of $8 per day per car to get in to the Russian River Falls parking area. The number of people fishing the river in that area is carefully restricted, so the attendant took our day pass as we left the park.