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Crescent Lake

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.8 (4)

Singletrack climbing through postcard perfect mountains to an alpine lake.


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6.2

Miles

10.0

KM

Singletrack

1,560' 476 m

High

602' 184 m

Low

1,090' 332 m

Up

229' 70 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

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Description

Starting from Crescent Lake trailhead, the Crescent Lake trail starts out in dense forest, rising 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.

The route then crosses an avalanche field (sometimes covered in snow) and continues to climb a bit more before crossing a bridge to the oppposite 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.

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Shared By:

Leslie Kehmeier

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  4.8 from 4 votes

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  4.8 from 4 votes
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#28

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#4,389

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Photos

Narrow singletrack flanked one one side by stone walls and the other by Crescent Creek
Jun 12, 2014 near Bear Creek, AK
Cruising along the moraine from Crescent Lake
Jun 12, 2014 near Bear Creek, AK
Taking a break and enjoying the views of this Alpine Meadow.
Dec 8, 2016 near Bear Creek, AK
Around 4 miles, I think. Just before entering Bearatithia-really prime bear terrain the last 2 miles to the lake so be loud!
Jul 6, 2016 near Bear Creek, AK
A large bridge over Crescent Creek.
Dec 8, 2016 near Bear Creek, AK
This is about 2 miles into the trail. About a mile or so long section appropriately called Spongebob Funpants.
Jul 6, 2016 near Bear Creek, AK

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Jul 3, 2016
Kelley Harper
The mileage is a bit longer according to my Garmin (13.2 RT) and the ascent 1,260 RT. 13.2mi — 2h 45m