Baycrest access altered

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2002

Ten acres on Baycrest Hill were reclassified as recreational land by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, paving the way for the property to become the permanent new trail head for the Baycrest Ski Trails.

The assembly responded to a request by the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club, which helps oversee the popular winter recreation trail system. The current trail head on nearby Roger's Loop is on privately owned land that is under development. That trail head is still currently available to skiers, but will no longer be available once the developer proceeds with plans to build a road.

Development of the new trail head will provide public access to the Baycrest Ski Trails with the intent of eventually connecting it to the network of other cross-country trials around Homer, including Lookout Mountain Ski Trails and McNeil Canyon Ski Trials, said borough land management technician Daniel Conetta in a memo to the assembly.

The classification change passed the Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission unanimously in late January.

Wayne Watson, president of the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club, said he was happy about the reclassification.

"Classifying it as recreational ensures that we are able to continue the use of it as the beginning point for races and easy access to the Baycrest trails," he said.

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