Soldotna is home to the world-class, multi-use Tsaltechi Trails. Cyclists and adventurers take full advantage of this endless fun trails year-round. Being managed as a nonprofit space by the Talteshi Trails Association, the trails are maintained by grants, donations, and volunteers who help to keep its mission: “Actively provide and support multi-use trail network that encourages healthy outdoor recreation.”
The Tour of Tsalteshi ski marathon consists of skiing Ski the entire Tsalteshi Trails system. Participants get to choose between a 20-kilometer Single Tour that goes through all the trail loops or a 40-kilometer Double Tour for -crazy- adventurers willing to do it twice. The top three male and female finishers for the 20K Skate, 20K Classic, and 40K freestyle divisions will be given an award. Besides the top prizes, Every competitor is eligible for fun raffle prizes from event sponsors. And there’s an after-party at the Kenai River Brewing.
The dream for the Tsalteshi Trails began in early’s 1987, and the original 7 miles this place started with have expanded throughout the years to what it is today. These famous trailers have hosted qualifying races for the Junior Olympics, Arctic Winter Games, triathlons, regional and statewide skiing -and running- events, the Tour of Tsalteshi, and many more!
The Tsalteshi trails are open to all kinds of recreation during summer –cycling, hiking, running, wildlife watching, berry picking, and photoshoots. There’s even an 18-hole disc golf course available. Dogs on a leash or under strict voice control are welcome too. There are 10 km singletrack trails of varying difficulty available for mountain bikers. Make sure you follow safety guidelines in whatever you choose on these trails.
In winter, these trails are open for fat-tire biking and cross-country skiing. 25+ km of groomed ski trails are available for fat-tire bikes and snowshoes only. The nearby Silkok Multi-Use Trails are open for everyone else -even puppies- to enjoy!