21 miles
2,348 ft
-3,151 ft
Avg time
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Russian Lakes Trail Details

  • Riding Area
    Cooper Landing
    Cooper Landing, Alaska
  • 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
    #26274 in Mountain Biking
  • 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 bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -803 ft
  • Altitude min
    486 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,329 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,289 ft
  • Altitude end
    486 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    8 miles
  • Distance down
    11 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Jul 1, 2018
Avg: 4 (1 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to russian-lakes-trail trailhead (60.376810, -149.710010)
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Russian Lakes Trail Trail Reports

Jul 1, 2018 @ 12:15am
Jul 1, 2018
Still a few fallen trees and muddy spots, but the majority is dry. Quite a bit of overgrowth but it’s managable. There are some significant...
Jun 18, 2018 @ 12:21am
Jun 18, 2018
There are a few fallen trees and some parts of the upper part of the trail are very wet. Overgrowth is not an issue right now. All in all, the...
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