Mount St Helens

Smith Creek trail ride and work party * * Location change * *

The descent on the upper Smith Creek is in need of some energetic people who just love lopping brush!  The descent is once again overgrown and I'd like to get it in shape before Helens Fest so it will be the challenging ride, without the brush hazards, that it should be!


Women's Group Full Moon Ride

Where:  Ape Canyon, Mt St Helen's

When:  Saturday, August 13

Time:  Ride begins at 7pm

Skill level:  Intermediate

Pace:  Scenery ride (on the way up at least)

Distance:  14-16 miles out and back

Duration:  ~ 4 hours


Mount St Helens area exploratory ride

This will be one of several exploratory rides I'll be doing in preparation for Helens Fest II.  We'll be riding an as yet determined trail to check trail conditions.  Riding level will definitely be intermediate.

Bring lunch, snacks, water and dress appropriately for weather conditions which are expected to be sunny and warm.

We'll be leaving from the Cougar Rest area in lovely downtown Cougar, WA at 9:30A.  The Cougar Rest area is on the south side of Mount St Helens off of Hwy 503 east of Woodland, WA (take exit 21 on I-5 if heading north from Portland). 


Mount St Helens area ride and work party

We'll meet at the Cougar Rest Area and leave there at 9:31A and then head up to the mountain and do some riding and work on one the Ape Canyon Trail.  For those who don't know Cougar is east of Woodland, WA (exit 21 on I-5) off state Hwy 503 and it takes an hour to get there from Portland.

We'll get in some riding (maybe up to 15 miles) as well as doing some trail work (bush trimming, tread repair).  This will be one of several trail maintenance work party rides I'll be scheduling in advance of Helens Fest II.

Bring lunch, snacks, and plenty of water, and work gloves, as well as appropriate clothing for the weather.  If you have loppers you might consider bringing them.


Plains of Abraham

Does anyone know when Plains of Abraham will be ridable?  Thanks,


Mount St Helens - Gifford Pinchot Trail work

No trail work parties are currently scheduled for the Mount St Helens area until Helens Fest II - ( 8-10 July ), when our Saturday will be devoted to working on several projects.  The Forest Service has been working on the Lewis River Trail and I expect that trail to be in pretty darn good condition.  The Siouxon Trail has received attention this year from several of us and is also in good condition. 

Because of lingering snow pack we do not yet know what condition the trails are in.  During the last two weekends of June I will be making several trips up to the mountain on exploratory rides and may do some light work on those rides as well.

Lewis River Trail

The Lewis River trail, along with Siouxon, are about the only two trails that are really open right now on the Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument district, Gifford Pinchot NF.   The Forest Service will have a work crew on the Lewis River Trail this week and will be working on that trail.  Give it a week and it should be in great condition. 

I've also heard that Jerry D. will be heading over to the Siouxon Trail again (his 3rd trip this year) and will be working on that trail.  Sharp eyes will notice 2011 on at least one log that was a tree blocking the trail.  Thanks for your hard work Jerry! 

Helens Fest II on 26-28 August

Butte Camp Trail sign
Trek demo bike fleet

Helens Fest II follows Helens Fest I. 

Helens Fest II is being postponed from July to 26-28 August.  Due to the very unusually late snow pack this year it has been decided to postpone Helens Fest II until 26-28 August.  We can't control the snowpack, and this year's in unusually heavy.  We regret the delay, but feel it is best to delay the event a month.  Please monitor this website, the facebook group or Evergreen's website for further details.


Ride at Siouxon today, Unless someone else Knows Growlers area and Rather go there

I am currently planning on heading out to Siouxon today - the bus leaving about 9:00am or so if anyone is interested.  I've got an extra spot on the hitch.  As the subject states, I would be up for a ride up around the Growlers/Stella/Longview area... If someone who knows the area would rather go there.  I've only ever ridden up there once, which ended in short (too short) with me walking a bike out from a bad crash.

Contact me if interested in heading out for a ride.

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