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5 Day Alaskan Epic

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 6 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 8 people
Destination(s): Alaska  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Multi-activity  
Season: May - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1195 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1595 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Details:
- Terrain: Mountainous Singletrack
- Distance: 90+ Miles singletrack
- Duration: 5 Day/4 Nights
- Rate: $1,595 lodges
- Difficulty: singletrack experience recommended
- 2010 Dates:
* June 21-25
* June 28-July 2
* July 5-9
* Aug 23-27
* Aug 30- Sept. 3.
* Custom dates Available for groups of 4 or more.

With up to 24 hours of daylight, riding opportunities are almost unlimited. Our five-day adventure offers bikers 95+ miles of pristine Alaskan singletrack and a chance to explore the Alaska wilderness with our knowledgeable, professional guides. This adventure is designed for the athletic beginner or experienced biker with endurance. This tour can be combined with white water rafting, kayaking, or ice climbing.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Powerline Pass

Distance: 17 miles round trip
Gain: 2000 feet, 3400 descent
Ride time: 3-5 hours

You'll spend your second day in "Anchorage's back yard" riding in the Chugach Mountains just above the city. We'll climb 2000 feet to Powerline Pass where we'll enjoy beautiful views of the city of Anchorage as we eat our lunch. When we start descending we'll take a side trail where we will gain an extra 1400 feet of downhill on some great singletrack. Dinner tonight will be on your own. Tonight’s stay: Anchorage bed and breakfast

Day 2: Crescent Lake

Distance: 17 miles round trip
Gain: 1000 feet
Ride time: 3-5 hours

We will cycle steadily up a winding trail and through a valley to Crescent Lake, eventually looping back down on the same trail. The path will lead us through birch and aspen woods along a sparkling creek. Ascending a ridge, we will cross over the creek at mile 3.5, just beyond a major avalanche chute. At this point, the trail lies in the shadow of Right Mountain with views across the valley to Wrong Mountain-both peaks standing over 5,000 feet. The crescent-shaped lake will unexpectedly appear as we cycle back across the creek, where we will lunch along the shores of the lake. Bring your fishing gear: Crescent Lake is brimming with world-class grayling. As we wind our way back, we will cruise through the valley. Descending the ridge, the outstanding trail conditions make for an exhilarating ride back to the trailhead. After a small refreshment, we will shuttle to base-camp for dinner, showers, and relaxation.

Day 3: Excursion of your choice

Today we will rest our legs for day four's challenging ride on Russian Lakes Trail. We will start our day early and travel to the nearby coastal town of Seward here you'll have your choice of 3 premiere day trips: The Kenai Fjords Cruise, Kenai Fjords sea-kayaking, or, stay on solid ground and visit the Seward Marine Sea-life Center. For the strong riders who would prefer to ride this day, depending on weather and trail conditions, there are some great trail options for you.

The first two popular tours offer the maximum opportunity for seeing whales, sea lions, otters, and colorful seabirds playing and feeding. In addition you can experience the splendor of a massive tidewater glacier calving to the sea and the stunning beauty of the glacially carved cliffs. After your day tour we will have the afternoon to explore this charming town. Your guides will point out attractions including the Alaska Sea Life Center and Mount Marathon, location of Seward's famous Fourth of July mountain race.

Day 4: Russian Lakes

Distance: 23 miles round trip
Gain: 950 feet
Ride time: 5-7 hours

The Upper Russian River trail-a section of the original Resurrection trail-is a great second day: 23 miles of single-track. The trail skirts the Harding Ice Field before dropping into the Russian River Valley. We will traverse a sub-alpine forest and fields of wildflowers, stopping for a leisurely lunch at mile twelve along the banks of the picturesque Upper Russian Lake. We will continue our descent into the Russian River Valley, an area that was decimated by a wildfire in 1969. Here we will encounter the natural and extraordinary process of reforestation: a majesty of new growth interspersed with scarred forest remains. At mile twenty, we will briefly visit the Russian River Falls. Here, viewing decks allow an incredible view of sockeye salmon successfully ascending a series of forty-foot falls on their way to their instinctive spawning grounds.

Day 5: Johnson Pass

Distance: 24 miles one way
Gain: 1500 feet
Ride time: 4-7 hours

Ask any mountain biker in Alaska: this demanding single-track ride is a favorite. The memorable trail passes through parts of the original Iditarod Trail, built during Alaska's historic gold rush era. Our ride begins along the shores of Upper Trail Lake then parallels Johnson Creek. At mile seven we will cross the creek and continue to Johnson Lake, a sub-alpine and partially forested area that abounds in wildlife viewing opportunities.

We will lunch here before continuing up to the summit of Johnson Pass at mile 13. A quick descent takes us to the alpine beauty of pristine Bench Lake. Brace yourself for a roller-coaster ride as we sprint through mountain meadows and lush forests crossing over several creeks. At mile 19 we will take a break to admire the splendor of a beautiful waterfall cascading over tall cliffs. From there we will finish the day on a level course. The shuttle van will be waiting at the trailhead to take us back along the scenic Seward highway to Anchorage.

* Tour includes everything, except the cost of third day excursion.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Lodging,
- All meals except where noted
- Camp and park fees
- Transportation.

Price Excludes:
- Bicycle rental
- Camping gear.

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