I'm considering a trip to the Kenai trail in June.
Are there any recommendations for shuttles to the peninsula with a bike? I suppose I could bike from Anchorage to the Kenai but I'd rather spend that time on a trail instead of a highway.
Seems like there's a youtube for everything now. I watched one of someone riding from Anchorage, and it looks like a good cruise. Not too busy and the shoulder is ample for the most part with some trail mileage too. I found out about the train and bus to and from Seward. I wonder if a bike would have to be disassembled and boxed for either of those?
There is a train that goes to Seward, but the good trails around there typically don't clear out until closer to the 1st week of July. There is a race that happens a week before and typically they have to deal with varying amounts of snow.
There are some trails in Soldatna https://www.tsalteshi.org/ but they're pretty short and definitely not worth driving from Anchorage for unless you're visiting for other reasons. Are you perhaps thinking of trails on the Kenai peninsula like Resurrection pass, Johnson pass, Crescent lake, Lost lake, and Devils pass? If so Lost lake would be the easiest to access via the train to Seward but that trail is usually snow covered until late June or July. Johnson pass or Crescent lake are usually the first to melt out but access from the train would be by whistle stop so you'd want to make sure the train will accommodate.
Alaska Trail Guides is an Anchorage-based shuttle/guide service: https://alaskatrailguides.com/full-day
The "Kenai" is confusing, because the whole peninsula is called Kenai as is the city of Kenai. Most of the popular bike routes (Johnson Pass, Resurrection Pass) are actually on the eastern part of Kenai Peninsula in the mountains on Chugach National Forest lands. CNF would also have trail beta as to what is melted out/dry enough to ride, as that varies year-to-year. E.g. Johnson Pass was good in early June this year, Lost Lake is likely not ready until later in July.
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