Tsalteshi Trails Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting healthy, human-powered, trail-oriented individual and family activities including skiing, snowshoeing, biking, running and walking. Tsalteshi Trails are located just south of Soldotna on the Kenai Peninsula with three trailheads: behind Skyview High School, across from the Soldotna Sports Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road and across from the Central Peninsula Landfill on the Sterling Highway. We have over 21 kilometers of trails groomed for cross country skiing in the winter and open for hikers, runners, bikes and leashed dogs when there is no snow, and a multi-use area open to foot traffic, dogs and biking year-round.
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Since the 1980s, TTA has provided a venue for cross-country skiing for local enthusiasts and school ski programs, including learn-to-ski programs for adults and youth. We host regional, borough and state cross-country skiing and running meets at the middle and high school levels, and also are a host site for Besh Cup races. Over four miles of trails, departing from the Skyview High School trailhead, have lights, and we have installed a disc golf course for use in the summer. The trails are used year-round for community skiing, running and biking events. New single-track trails offer excellent riding for mountain bikes in the summer and fat-tire bikes in the winter. Our new Slikok Multi-use trails offer a venue for hiking, running, snowshoes and dogs year-round.
Voluntary membership and donations and city, state and federal grant funds have allowed Tsalteshi Trails to improve and expand to meet increasing community need. Our volunteer workforce has also expanded to support our growing trail system and expanding school, after-school and community programs. As interest in the trails grows, so, too, does our need for volunteer and financial support. Year-round trail maintenance is costly but integral to the success, safety and popularity of the trails. Equipment and supplies — from snow groomers to pin flags and trails maps — need regular upkeep and maintenance. Events and programming are central to our community purpose, but all come at a cost, whether it's purchasing skis, boots and poles for our youth ski program, printing posters to advertise community races, or just having warm coffee and cider available at events.
Contributions to TTA support healthy outdoor recreational activities for the entire community, available at a convenient, well-maintained facility.