Mount St Helens

Mt St Helens Group Ride

Tim Wilder will be leading this ride on Mt St Helens on Saturday, August 4th.

Meet at Ace Hardware parking lot in Woodland, WA at 8:15am - Departing for trail at 8:30am

Trail:  Blue Lake Trail to Loowit Trail on Mt St Helens

Distance:  ~10 miles round trip as an out and back, with possible extensions

Pace:  Less than race pace

This is an Intermediate/Advanced ride based on pace and terrain.  Expect varied terrain conditions, from extremely rocky to loamy to semi sandy.

Bring:  Food, water, helmet, a bike in good condition, spare tube, proper trail tools, and a camera

If you have questions you can email Tim  -


Helens Fest III

Helen's Fest (Photo courtesy of David Anderson

Helens Fest III. 

Located at the Marble Mountain Snow Park on the south side of Mount St Helens in the Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument, Gifford Pinchot National Forest.  A mountain bike festival of stewardship and riding the trails; we ride two days and perform trail maintenance on Saturday.  Rides offered will be advanced beginner to advanced level.

Back country camping; bring your: food, water, shelter and weather appropriate clothing.

The Trek demo mountain bike fleet will be there!


A Finn rides Mount St Helens


Hello all, and greetings from Finland – land of thousands of lakes in Northern Europe.  I work for Nokia and recently got a chance to spend a weekend in Seattle before starting some work together with Microsoft. Some 14 years ago I was hiking in the Mt St Helens area and thought It would be nice to go and explore the area on mountain bike.  After some Googling around I found PUMP site and got in touch with David Anderson. Thanks David for excellent hints on selecting the trails to study.

Road 90 Closure, nr Cougar, WA

 Forest Road 90 to Close Sept. 13 and 14

Gifford Pinchot National Public Lands Day

The National Public Lands Day event on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest for this year is being held on September 24th.  This is the largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands in our country.   Eighty or more volunteers are expected to help out on various projects around Mount St Helens. 


Helens Fest 2011

Helens Fest II - 26 thru 28 August 2011

Helens Fest II is fast approaching.  If you have any questions about the event please post them here and we'll get your questions answered!

Helens Fest is a three day weekend of advocacy and stewardship of a very unique riding area.  There is nothing like it anywhere in the 48 contiguous states.  The event is being held at the Marble Mountain Snow Park on Forest Road 83 in the Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument, Gifford Pinchot National Forest in south-west Washington.  We operate under a special use permit issued by the Monument Manager.

Smith Creek exit now signed!

The lower point of the Road 83 extension at it's junction with the Smith Creek trail is now signed by the Forest Service.  The sign was placed August 10th and points out to mountain bikers where to turn off the Smith Creek trail to return back to the parking lot at the Ape Canyon trailhead.  This announcement was made by Sharon Steriti, Trails/Climbing Specialist with the Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument. 

Smith Creek trail ride and work party

The upper Smith Creek trail is once again seriously overgrown, and needs several energetic people with loppers ready to help clear the hazards!

Clearing brush from the trail will be our primary focus.  We will be out all day riding and working.  Bring plenty of water and food, and dress according to the weather forecast.  You'll need work gloves (long fingered bike gloves work too!) and dress accordingly.

We'll be leaving from the Cougar Rest Area at 08:00A, so Portlanders need to have their lattes/espressos consumed and be on the road by 06:45.  We will drive to the bottom of Road 8322 and ride up the Smith Creek trail to the upper canyon.  Expect a long but productive day on the trail.

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