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12.4 mile 20.0 kilometer loop
100% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,438' 438 m
Descent: -1,435' -437 m
High: 1,563' 476 m
Low: 602' 183 m


Avg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)


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A picturesque out and back to Crescent Lake.

Leslie Kehmeier

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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.

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.


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Sep 30, 2018
Callie S
Did late sept- great visibility with some leaves down and beautiful views
Jun 23, 2018
Kelley Harper
12.8mi — 2h 03m
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!
Aug 20, 2016
Drew R

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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

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