MTB Project Logo

Crescent Creek Trail

 11 votes


12.4 Miles 20.0 Kilometers




1,438' 438 m


-1,435' -437 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (10°)

1,563' 476 m


602' 183 m




Getting forecast...

A picturesque out and back to Crescent Lake.

Leslie Kehmeier


Dogs are allowed off-leash, but the trail may be open to trapping during much of the year. Because of this, the USFS recommends keeping pets leashed for their safety.
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.
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

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.


You & this Featured Ride

Rate Quality

   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Get On-Trail Navigation

Send to Phone
Your Check-Ins


Aug 11, 2017
Lower section is some amazing surprisingly flowy singletrack. Upper few miles were extremely overgrown with large amounts of Pushki covering trail.
Jul 15, 2017
Phillip Tr
some parts were overgrown.
Jul 13, 2017
Makenzie Jorgensen
Jun 14, 2017
Ryan Cole
Was a fun ride. Saw two people on the trail. Two days later I ran into him at the dock while delivering...turns out I went to school with him.
Sep 2, 2016
Philip Asay
Rode with Ellie, long hot ride, cramped up on the way down, but great ride!
Jul 10, 2016
Eric Billingsley
Jul 3, 2016
Kelley Harper
This is the same as the Crescent Lake trail here. According to my Garmin the mileage is 13.2 miles RT and 1,260' total ascent. 13.2mi — 2h 45m
Jun 1, 2016
Makenzie Jorgensen

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 11 votes


  4.7 from 11 votes
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star


in Alaska


74 Views Last Month
3,170 Since Jun 10, 2014
Intermediate Intermediate


Good description of the route, but note this trail is identified as the Crescent Creek Trail by the Forest Service. The Crescent Lake Trail continues from the end of the Crescent Lake Trail along the lake, but is largely unmaintained and probably too overgrown for mountain biking. May 4, 2015

MTB Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Mountain Bike

MTB Project is supported by

Support Your Local IMBA Chapter