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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +129/135 ft
Total: 7 riders

Mountain Biking Tsalteshi

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#38 of 52 mountain bike trails in Alaska
#8266 in the world

(Bonus points if you can pronounce it) This trail system consists of 8 major loops ranging in length from 1to 6 miles and varying in difficulties with many interconnecting loops with construction continuing on new routes. These trails are cut with a cat and designed for x-country skiing and are actually wider than your average forest service road but without any vehicle tracks. Mostly hard clay type surface that can be very slick after a rain. The �Wolverine� trail has a mix of hard clay and sand. Most trails have winding climbs and down hills all surrounded by thick forest. There are more trails and the area is bigger than the map/trail sign p***osted. As a distance perspective starting near the school (bottom of the map), I rode the �Bear� loop and it measured a little more than 4 miles.
This is a great practice/ workout ride area close to town without the pavement or road traffic of other trails in the area.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • Restrooms 
Getting there
From Soldotna head south on the Sterling highway, 2 miles south of the Kenai River bridge turn right into the parking lot of the Skyview High School, the trail head is behind the school and there is public parking available if school happens to be in session.
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  • Michelle Erwin

    Positive: There are a variety of trails to take in the system. Good place for the beginners or for families with young children

    Negative: The trails are very wide and boring to say the least.

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  • Mike Hancock

    More and more trail being constantly added including the Mosquito single track which has a black diamond Rays Rampage for the less timid who like to bash roots and stumps. Races and socials through the the year and some pretty steep hills to keep your edge make it a great place to train or just get some exercise after work or if you're not up to a drive to the mountains. Getting better all the time.

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  • KenaiKid

    The Tsalteshi Trails are great, wide trails and are good for biking with a group. Tsalteshi is not one trail, but a trail system, with about 10 miles of trails altogether. The different trails very in difficulty in terms of grade, from very steep to virtually flat, but there are not many roots to speak of. Very nice trails for a variety of bikers.

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  • alaskanfirst

    Great Bike Trail, a lot of diversity on this trail. Challenging hills and technical corners. Sand on some downhill corners can be a little b*** puckering. What a beautiful trail and great workout!

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