Duration: 2 days/2 nights
Distance: 40 miles
Difficulty: singletrack experience recommended
Dates: 2007-June 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
July 3-4,10-11, Aug 21-22, 27-28.
With up to 24 hours of daylight, riding opportunities are almost unlimited. Our two-day adventure offers bikers 40+ 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 advanced rider.
This tour can be combined with white water rafting, kayaking, or ice climbing.
Day 1 - 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 2 Russian Lakes
Distance: 23 miles one way
Gain: 950 feet
Ride time: 4-6 hours
The Upper Russian River trail-a section of the original Resurrection trail-is a great second day: 23 miles of singletrack. 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.
Again we will be shuttled to our base camp for dinner, showers and a good night's sleep.On day three we will drop you off in the coastal town of Seward. There are several day excursions to choose from such as the Kenai Fjords tour, Sea-kayaking with Sunny Cove or chartering a day of fishing for halibut while you spend time here.
Transportation from the town of Seward will be on your own. There is public transportation to Anchorage, or, we suggest a rail trip on the scenic Alaska Railroad, known as one of the most beautiful rail tours in the world.
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