21.1 miles
1,584 ft
-2,383 ft
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Russian Lakes Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Cooper Landing
    , Alaska
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
    May - OCT
  • Dogs Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Bridge, Ladder Bridge, Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #42868 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    65 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 45 in Hiking
  • Land Owner
    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.

Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Russian Lakes Trail multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -798 ft
  • Altitude min
    494 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,377 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,293 ft
  • Altitude end
    495 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    10 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
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Avg: 4.5 (2 votes)
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      Russian Lakes Trail Trail Reports

      Jun 19, 2024 @ 2:02pm
      Jun 19, 2024
      Trail is great. Standard late June Alaska backcountry riding. Awesome type-2 adventure fun. Not a beginner ride, but nothing scary technical...
      Jun 10, 2023 @ 11:57am
      Jun 10, 2023
      I felt that the trail is 97% good shape. There are a few spot where the trail is a stream. Most are still passable and not deep. I had pants on...
      Jun 30, 2022 @ 12:27am
      Jun 30, 2022
      Pushki as thick as oatmeal. Really awful. Don’t recommend.
      Jun 11, 2022 @ 7:06pm
      Jun 11, 2022
      Constant branches in your face and sharp things ripping your arms. Trail is falling apart, literally, whether it's erosion control or bridges or...
      Jun 7, 2022 @ 12:48am
      Jun 7, 2022
      Not only do you get to ride next to the river but you get to ride in the river. Lots of water running down the trail! Downhills are interrupted by...
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      • 22 miles avg distance
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