Event description

SHIFT= St. Helens International Festival of Trails

Formerly known as HelensFest, this is a three day mountain biking festival, celebrating the trails on Mt. St. Helens.  Every year this event has been a success and enjoyed by all, with last year’s event no exception, and its back again for 2019!  We are yet again partnering with the USFS and Cyclepath.  The USFS is excited to have us back to help continue enhancing the trails around the mountain and the Marble Mountain sno-park.

Thursday, Aug 15th:  Arrive early for camping.  Many people go up on Thursday.

Friday, Aug 16th:  Group Rides – meet at the Marble Mountain parking lot and please arrive 30 minutes early!  

    9am – Ape Canyon-Smith Creek loop.  Feel free to turn around at the lunch time log.

    9am- Red Rock to Blue Lake

    6pm:  Potluck dinner.  Bring something to grill and share with others.  (BYO plates and utensils)

Saturday, Aug 17th: Work party day

    8:30am:  Arrive at Marble mountain parking lot (Please be on time!)

    8:45am:  Meet with Crew leaders to determine tools needed.

    9am:  Safety meeting.

    9:15am:  Break out to your work party location

    6:00pm:  Gourmet BBQ dinner provided.  CyclePath has generously supported this event so our resident chef Charlie Biggs can prepare a great meal for all participants.  We will also have plenty of tasty beverages to quench your thirst.  (BYO plates and utensils)

Sunday, Aug 18th:  Group Rides:  Pivot Bikes will also be on site to demo their killer bikes for your ride.

    9am – Various group rides will leave from the Marble mountain parking lot

Camping:  Camping will start Thursday night.  Please note: this is dispersed camping with a USFS toilet, but no water.  Great place to bring an RV, but no hook-ups.  Make sure to bring plenty of drinking water.  We will be camping in the upper Marble Mountain parking lot.  

Garbage:  Please be responsible for your own garbage and recycling.  There will be no public garbage available.

Food:  Dinner will be provided Saturday night.

Bring your own plates and utensils for Saturday dinner.  In an effort to reduce waste, we will not be providing plates, utensils, and napkins.  However, we will have a wash station available to clean your plates.

Water:  There is no water on the premises.  Please bring your own drinking water.

Bathroom:  There is a USFS bathroom on site.  We highly recommend bringing toilet paper.

Kids:  This is a kid and family friendly events.  Lots of great trail riding from the parking lot and very safe.  We will also have a kids organized trail work events that will be close to the camping/staging area.

Dogs:  We love dogs, but would recommend not bringing your pet to this event.  If you do bring your dog, please respect others and use a leash.

Tools:  We will be bringing trail building tools, but need a few more loppers.  If you can bring a lopper or two from home that would be greatly appreciated.

Directions from Woodland, WA:

It takes approximately 1 hour from Woodland to get to the Marble Mountain sno-park.

Head east on Lewis River Rd (SR 503) for ~32 miles.  Continue onto Rd 90 for another ~3.5 miles.  Veer left onto NF-83 and follow signs to Marble Mt Sno-Park approximately 3-4 miles.  Look for NWTA volunteer sign at the entrance.