Where to go hiking in Russia: the top 10 destinations

Russia is the largest country on the map stretching across 11 different time zones different climate zones and consequently landscapes including mountain ranges, valleys, forests, beaches, and even volcanoes — offering endless hiking opportunities and trails. Hiking in Russia and witnessing the spectacular nature with your own eyes will definitely be one of the most extraordinary experiences for anyone who embarks on this adventure. If you have been contemplating exploring the Russian nature but don’t know where to go hiking in Russia, we have rounded up the top 10 destinations from Siberia to Kaliningrad to consider looking into. While this guide is far from being a complete list of hiking locations, one of these places is guaranteed to be a good starting point in a long way to explore the beauty of Russian nature on foot!

The Curonian Spit

The unique national park, shared by Russia and Lithuania, provides relatively easy hikes, which are a good fit for family walking holidays. Half of the pedestrian routes are going through the wild, centuries-old forests and another half cover the observation points and old lighthouses in the white sand dunes.

How to get there: by bus, bicycle or car from Kaliningrad

 

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Sochi

This Russian city offers dozens of opportunities for simple hikes. Beautiful waterfalls and old forests near Sochi are available for tourists throughout the year. The best time to hike around the Krasnaya Polyana resort is July and August: a circular route with panoramas from over the top, Alpine meadows and blooming rhododendron can be done in one day – to the Stone column peak (Kamenny Stolb) – or as a long journey with an overnight stop in a tent.

How to get there: by bus, car from Sochi, by cable car from Krasnaya Polyana

 

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The vicinity of Mt. Elbrus

Another famous ski resort, where even a beginner can take a walk to Mt. Terskol, the neighboring mountain of Mt. Elbrus, which is the highest point in Europe. From the observatory, located at an altitude of 3150 m, a spectacular view over the Caucasus peaks opens up. Advanced hikers can climb up Mt. Elbrus as well.

How to get there: by bus, car from Mineralnye Vody

 

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Adygea

Feast your eyes on the glorious Caucasus Mountains, with snow caps, deep gorges and caves with dripstones. The most popular route goes through the Caucasus natural reserve, wild and untouched by people, to the Oshten peak of Mt. Fisht. You will see numerous ice streams and snowy valleys from the very top. Aside from hiking, rafting is also worth trying there.

How to get there: by bus or car from Krasnodar

 

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Altai

Remote region with amazing lakes, mountains and forests; perfect for adventure tourists. There are many things to do there: visit the Turquoise Katun natural reserve with the picturesque lookouts over a rare-colored river with incredibly clear water. You may also visit the Krasnaya Mountain with a cascade of 7 lakes; several caves, waterfalls, gorges and high-altitude water basins; as well as climb up Mt. Belukha (only for experienced travelers).

How to get there: by bus or car from Novosibirsk, Barnaul

 

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Kamchatka

For a hiker, the Kamchatka region is like a chest full of treasures, but if you are pressed for time, we suggest checking out the Kronotsky nature reserve. Kamchatka will appear before your eyes in its full glory: valleys, covered with lava, lifeless ice deserts, endless Arctic prairie. You will admire the active Kronotsky Volcano with its reflection in the clear lake at the foot and the extreme Valley of Geysers. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a brown bear — one of Russia’s distinct symbols!

How to get there: by helicopter from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

 

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Ural

You’re welcome to visit the national parks of Taganai and Zyuratkul to enjoy the outstanding mountainous scenery of Southern Ural. The most courageous ones can try to crack the secret of the Dyatlov Pass, where mysterious unsolved disappearances of 9 hikers took place.

How to get there: by bus, car from Chelyabinsk, Ekaterinburg

 

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Kislovodsk

The Kosygin route, 12 km long, starts in the city’s Kurortny Park. Take the route if you’re not afraid to be a bit risky – the trail is not officially opened, but in good condition, so many travelers don’t hesitate to walk it. You can also go up by cable car to the Krasnoe Solnyshko Mountain and then continue your way on foot to the Maloe Sedlo and Bolshoe Sedlo peaks.

How to get there: by bus from Kislovodsk

 

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Divnogorye

The museum reserve in the region of Voronezh. It’s famous for its massive chalk stacks by the Don River. You can examine stone monasteries and churches, constructed within them, or climb the nearby hills to observe the surroundings.

How to get there: by bus, car from Voronezh

 

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Ruskeala

The marble canyon and mountain park Ruskeala will amaze you with its stunning panorama. This place supplied massive amounts of marble for Saint Petersburg’s embankments construction. The circular route is an easy hike and makes a great option for a family visit. As an addition, you may enjoy the illumination of the canyon at night or go down to the bottom with a special tour.

How to get there: by bus, car from Saint Petersburg, Petrozavodsk

 

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Now you know where to go hiking in Russia. If you have already visited Russia for any hiking trips and want to share your experience and tips with fellow hikers, or want to ask us any questions — DM us on instagram @rad.russia. We see you 😉

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