In exploring Cooper Landing backroads, we'd discovered a trailhead sign labeled Bean Creek Trail. It was a rough road, and we drove it till it got too rough to drive (.7 miles up it), and then resolved we would come back and bike it to see where it went. Meanwhile, we found out that the Bean Creek Trail connects with the Resurrection Pass Trail, which we also wanted to bike. The Resurrection Pass trailhead is right in Cooper Landing (south end) so we knew it wouldn't be too far. The question was, how hard was the trail? It had gotten to the point that everyone laughed at me when I gave my opinion about the difficulty of trails because I kept saying, "It's easy" but it ended up being a killer (Honestly, most trails we biked were pretty darn difficult and not your typical beginner or kid trails.). So I said, "I think the Bean Trail is pretty easy," and everyone rolled their eyes and laughed. The reality was it was....uhhhh...a bit rough.
The road part of the trail ends about a mile past the trailhead sign, which is up Slaughter Ridge Road (which is off Bean Road, the road you take to Kenai Princess Lodge). That first part was uphillish, but hard packed so pretty easy. Then it turns into a 4-wheeler type trail. It was still uphill but not too bad. Then it turns into a single-track trail that is either massive mud and/or covered with tree roots...AND it is still going uphill. I cannot believe we made it a mile on a trail like that. There were spots that had been improved and were smooth, wide and graveled, and I suppose those spots gave us hope.
We ate lunch and headed back. At the Bean Trail turn-off we had a pow-wow. Aurora wanted to keep biking. Denver and Douglas had had enough. I didn't like splitting up, but all week I'd stopped short of how far I really wanted to go, and I knew this was our last ride of the vacation. I said yes, I'd bike 2 more miles with Aurora. Douglas and Denver headed down the bumpy, muddy Bean Trail, and we headed north towards the Devil's Pass intersection and Hope.
|Turnoff to Trout Lake|
|Trout Lake Cabin|
It was a beautiful day to be biking and it felt good and we were each able to get our fill of adventure and exercise. All I can say about the Resurrection Trail is: I'll be back!