The Kachemak Nordic Ski Club maintains trails for winter, non-motorized recreation on a variety of private and public lands in the Homer area. The biggest use is for cross-country skiing. Some areas have snow-shoe trails, or allow snow-shoeing to the side of the ski trails. In the Baycrest area, some private landowners have requested that dogs not be allowed on their property. A major part of the Baycrest system is in the Homer Demonstration Forest, which is state land. The HDF Advisory Board has requested that the HDF be open to skiing with dogs. The Lookout area is on Borough property and has been developed for advanced skiing, events, Junior Nordic lessons, and team practice. The KNSC has closed the Lookout trails to dogs and snow-shoeing.
You are responsible for your dog and any damages or injuries your dog causes.
The Kachemak Nordic Ski Club Board 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 park 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 & Awesome to Midway. Dogs are allowed on the remainder of the Baycrest trail system. No snowshoes on upper BC trails.
2. McNeil: Dogs are allowed.
3. Eveline State Recreation Site: Dogs are allowed.
4. Lookout Mountain Trail system: No dogs or snowshoes allowed.
5. Baycrest – Lookout Connector trail: Dogs are not recommended.
Some of our trails travel right through private properties and all of the trails are 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 ski trails. Please do not take a dog team on the ski trails.
Snowmachines and four-wheelers are use by our volunteers for grooming and maintenance. These 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. You may snowshoe off the groomed trails when on City, State, or Borough public property.
Our trails are still direction free. That requires the consideration of all skiers to keep everyone safe. Downhill skiers have the right away. Stay to the right when passing oncoming skiers, unless you are in a set track. If you are both using the track, the one skiing uphill, should step out. Eventually, many of the loops or connector trails may have a preferred direction, but for now, all skiers are responsible to keep the trails safe by skiing in control and being aware of approaching skiers.