The Crescent Creek Trail ride is a beautiful out and back ride that climbs and descends through a series of hanging valleys.
This ride is great if you only have a half day to ride and want to experience some of the great scenery and mountain biking that the Kenai has to offer.
Bear and moose are present in the area. The best way to avoid an interaction is to not surprising an animal. Use bells, sing and/or travel in a group.
This is a popular trail so be aware of hikers and backpackers along the route.
Starting from Crescent Creek trailhead you'll start out in dense forest pedaling steadily through a few switchbacks. As the initial climb tops out, the trail traverses across the toe of a slope and continues along a side hill with a deep valley below.
The steepness of the slope alternates between long mellow and short punchy sections. There are also a few segments where the trail tip toes along narrow singletrack below some rock walls. It's very scenic through here - just watch the trail ahead.
After crossing an avalanche field (sometimes covered in snow), pedal a bit more and then cross a bridge to the south side of the creek. From here the climb ramps up a bit until you reach the Crescent Lake
valley. It's mostly open through here with a few cool sections of flagged pine trees. As the trail levels out, the views get really big.
From here to the lake, the route rolls gently downhill across a moraine to a bridge at the bottom of the lake. Enjoy a snack here and take in the views before retracing your steps back the way you came.