Crescent Creek Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,438' 438 m
Descent: -1,435' -437 m
High: 1,563' 476 m
Low: 602' 183 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
Current trail conditions
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“A picturesque out and back to Crescent Lake.”— Leslie Kehmeier
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.
This is a popular trail so be aware of hikers and backpackers along the route.
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.
Land Manager: USFS - Chugach National Forest Office