Event description

SHIFT= St Helens International Festival of Trails

SHIFT, formerly known as HelensFest, is a three day Mt. Biking festival to celebrate the trails on Mt. St. Helens.  Last year’s event was a huge success, and we plan to do it again!   This year, we’re partnering with the USFS, which is really excited to have us back to help continue enhancing the cross country trails around the Marble Mountain sno-park.

Friday, Aug 17th:  Group Rides

  • 9 a.m. – Red Rock to Blue Lake to the Huckleberry Saddle out-and-back. (Jeep)
  • 9 a.m. – Ape Canyon-Smith Creek (Andy)
  • 11 a.m. – Marble Mountain Trails (Vaughn)
  • 2 p.m. – Ape Canyon out-and-back (Bob)
  • 2 p.m. – Red Rock to Blue Lake to the Huckleberry Saddle out-and-back.

6:00pm:  We will be cooking hamburgers and brats on a first come first serve basis.  We have enough for 80+ people.

Saturday, Aug 18th

    9:00am:  Safety meeting.  Please be on time!

    9:30am:  Break out to your work party location

    6:00pm:  Gourmet BBQ dinner provided.  CyclePath has generously donated money so our resident chef Charlie Biggs can cook up a great meal.  We will also have plenty of Hopworks beverages to wash down the tasty food.

Sunday, Aug 19th 9am:  Group Rides:  Pivot Bikes will also be on site to demo their killer bikes for your ride.

  • 9 a.m. – Marble Mountain Trails (Vaughn)
  • 9 a.m. – Ape Canyon out-and-back (Bob)
  • 9 a.m. – Red Rock to Blue Lake to the Huckleberry Saddle out-and-back

Camping:  Camping will start Thursday night.  Please note, this is dispersed camping with no water.  Great place to bring an RV, but no hook-ups.  However there is a bathroom.  Make sure to bring plenty of drinking water.

Garbage:  Please be responsible for your own garbage and recycling.

Food:  Dinner will be provided Friday and Saturday night.

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

Bathroom:  There is a USFS bathroom on site.  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 parking lot.

Dogs:  We love dogs, but would recommend not bringing your pet to this event.

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

Volunteers needed:  Our kitchen crew on Saturday needs some help to prepare all the food for the big party on Saturday night.  If you are willing to help out, please let us know.  andyc@nw-trail.org


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.