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 2018!  We are yet again partnering with the USFS, which is really excited to have us back to help continue enhancing the trails around the Marble Mountain sno-park.

Thursday, Aug 16th:  Arrive early for camping.  Many people will go up early on Thursday.

Friday, Aug 17th:  Group Rides – meet at the Marble Mountain parking lot and please arrive 30 minutes early!  

    10am – Red Rock to Blue Lake to Huckleberry Saddle out-and-back

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

Noon – Red Rock to Blue Lake

    6pm:  Potluck dinner.  Bring something to grill and share with others.

Saturday, Aug 18th: Stewardship day

    9am:  Safety meeting.  Please be on time!

    9:30am:  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 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.

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 lower Marble Mountain parking lot that is across the street from the main parking lot.  The main parking lot is closed due to construction on a new shelter.  The bathroom will be open for use. 

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

Food:  Dinner will be provided Saturday night.

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

Bathroom:  There is a USFS bathroom on site.  The bathroom will be in the main parking lot.  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.

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.