21.3 miles
2,385 ft
-3,187 ft
1,386 ft
High Point

Russian Lakes Trail Details

  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    May - OCT
  • TTFs on trail
    Berm, Bridge, Ladder Bridge, Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    US Forest Service Seward Ranger District

This is a technical ride with roots, rocks and stream crossings in abundance. The trail features bridges built by the US Forest Service and connects to two cabins on Upper Russian Lake. There are many short punchy climbs interspersed with flowing downhill singletrack. It is one of the most scenic trails on the Peninsula crossing many streams, passing by lakes, rolling through fern forests (ferns ~4' tall) and massive cotton woods. This trail has it all.

All of the trail is hand dug and left natural with the berms being naturally made by being ridden in. This trail is best ridden in late may Early June before the trail gets over grown.

Access Info

North end: At Mile 52.6, Sterling Highway, turn into Russian River Campground. Trailhead parking is 1 mile further, not plowed in winter.

East end: At Mile 48, Sterling Highway, turn onto Snug Harbor Road, travel 9 miles to Cooper Lake Road, 3 miles further to parking. Cooper Lake Road is not plowed in winter. Snug Harbor Road may be icy.


This is a multi-use trail that see's many hikers in the summer.

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More Stats for Russian Lakes Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -802 ft
  • Altitude min
    490 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,298 ft
  • Altitude end
    495 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    7.9 miles
  • Distance down
    10.9 miles
  • Distance flat
    2.6 miles
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