The Kachemak Nordic Ski Club maintains trails for winter, non-motorized recreation on a variety of private and public lands in the Kachemak Bay area. The primary use is for cross-country skiing. In addition to skiing, some trail systems have snow-shoe trails, or allow snow-shoeing to the side of the ski trails. When trails are not being groomed due to insufficient snow, hiking is allowed.
Dogs are not allowed on some trails. In the Upper Baycrest area, some private landowners have requested that dogs not be allowed on their property. However, a major part of the Lower Baycrest system is in the Homer Demonstration Forest (HDF), which is owned and managed by the State of Alaska, and the HDF Advisory Board has requested that the HDF be open to skiing with dogs.
Dogs are allowed at McNeil. However, they must be on a leash at the Eveline SRS (11 AAC 12.130) and on McNeil Canyon Elementary School property.
The Lookout Mountain Recreation area is on land managed by: the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Kenai Peninsula Borough, and the Federal Aviation Administration. The Lookout trails have been developed for advanced ski competitions, events, Junior Nordic, and adult programs and lessons, and team practice. KNSC has closed the Lookout trails to dogs and to snow-shoeing.
Please do not bike, walk, or bring a horse on any groomed ski trails!
KNSC Dog Policy:
You are responsible for your dog and any damages or injuries your dog causes.
The Kachemak Nordic Ski Club Board of Directors will continue their efforts to develop the Lookout Trails as a prime venue and to improve signage and information to the club members about skiing with dogs and other etiquette points.
Thank you, please follow these suggestions, and enjoy the trails.
The Skiing with Dogs Policy includes these points of etiquette:
1. One dog per skier.
2. Your dog should be under voice control at all times.
3. Restrain your dog when other skiers are approaching.
4. Clean up dog poop! On trail and in parking lot.
5. Events and school groups have priority over dogs.
6. Respect private property.
7. Use discretion during periods of soft trials and after fresh grooming.
The Board has the following dog policy for area trails:
1. Baycrest: No dogs on Sunset Loop, Far Side & Serpentine to Midway. Dogs are allowed on the remainder of the Baycrest trail system. No snowshoes on upper BC trails.
2. McNeil: Dogs are allowed. Dogs must be on a leash on McNeil Canyon Elementary School Property.
3. Eveline State Recreation Site: Dogs are allowed on a leash no more than 9 feet long (11 AAC 12.130).
4. Lookout Mountain Trail system: No dogs or snowshoes allowed.
5. Baycrest – Lookout Connector trail: Dogs are not recommended.
Some of our trails cross private property and all of the trails are on parcels adjacent to private property. When on private property, please stay on the trails. Do not ski or snowshoe in open fields or venture into gullies.
Please do not walk, ride a bike, or bring a horse on the groomed ski trails. Please do not take a dog team on the groomed ski trails.
Snowmachines and tracked ATVs are used by our volunteers for grooming and maintenance. These types of vehicles are only allowed on the trails for these purposes.
The Lower Baycrest trails have signed snowshoe trails. Snowshoeing is encouraged on the Homestead Hiking Trail. Snowshoeing is also allowed at McNeil-Eveline trail system. If you are snowshoeing on ski trails, please stay to the side, do not snowshoe on set tracks, and give skiers the right-of-way. Be aware of the terrain: skiers may suddenly appear at high speed at blind corners at the bottom of long downhill stretches. Please do not leave the trails when on private land. When on public land, all other normal uses are allowed, except for any restrictions that may have been put in place by the applicable land management authority.
Our trails are still direction-free. Some trials at Lookout Mountain Recreation area are suggested as one-way. However those designations are at the discretion of the user. Please consider how busy the trails are that day. Bidirectional trails require the attention of all skiers to keep everyone safe. Downhill skiers have the right away. Normally pass skiers on the left, unless you are in a set track or the terrain and course dictate otherwise. If you are both using the track, the one skiing uphill, should step out. Eventually, some trails may designated one-way. For now, all skiers are responsible to keep the trails safe by skiing in control and being aware of the terrain and of the potential speed of approaching skiers.