Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument

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

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.

Helens Fest II

Helens Fest II, 8-9 July 2011.


We will be posting updates here and on facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=157938590906265&ref=ts


We are in the process of planning some great rides for Friday and Sunday and some great trail work parties for Saturday. 


We will be at the Marble Mountain Snow Park again this year and attendance will be limited, so sign up on NWTA or Evergreen websites.  We will monitor sign ups on facebook as well.

Smith Creek Culvert unplugged!

The Smith Creek trail provides an important link to the IMBA epic Ape Canyon and Smith Creek Loop Trail.  For those doing the whole loop it is a 25 mile ride of scenery unlike any that can be experience anywhere else.  Short portions of the lower Smith Creek travel on what used to be Road 92.  Riding on some of those sections of doubletrack is much like riding through the hallway leading to the audience room in the Wizard of Oz.  The impact of the 1980 eruption can still be noted on virtually all sections of the loop trail.  Ash and pumice blanketed the slopes throughout the area and in subsequent winters all that material got washed down the slopes, with some of it blocking culverts along the old Road 92.  One such blockage created a pond that was about six feet deep, the overflows from which severely eroded what used to be a wide logging road down to a narrow ledge that's less than 3 feet wide.  Any further erosion of the ledge in that section of trail is on would virtually close the entire Smith Creek trail down to all use depriving mountain bikers one of the premier trails in the Pacific Northwest. 

New Belgium hits the trails!

Recently, I had the honor and pleasure to spending some time with David Anderson and Amy Singmaster on the Smith Creek Trail near Mount Saint Helens.  Brian Bogan and I traveled out from Fort Collins CO early for our Portland Tour de Fat (this Saturday, August 14, in Waterfront Park) to soak up the scenery and enjoy the company of our friends from the Northwest Trail Alliance.  The NWTA will be benefiting from the Parade and will be benefiting from the Merchandise and Do-It-Yourself Booths.
 
I had been tentative to commit to such an adventure.  I am much more of a utilitarian bicyclist, I commute almost daily and on the other days I walk.  But getting on a mountain bike and riding singletrack with locals is a little daunting when you are not much of a mountain bike rider.  Don’t get me wrong, I love to ride-but I have been working for a brewery for over 8 years, let’s just say I’m really good at 12oz curls.  Bogan, on the other hand, can shred with the best of them-so he was psyched.

Smith Creek trail ride and work party, Mount St Helens

What better way to celebrate Labor Day weekend than volunteering some time to do some needed trail work?  The Forest Service would like us to concentrate our work efforts on the Smith Creek Trail, Mount St Helens.  This work party is being spearheaded by Bike Gallery employees, James Ceccorulli and David Anderson. 

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Smith Creek Labor Day ride and work party

What better way to celebrate Labor Day weekend than volunteering some time to do some needed trail work?  The Forest Service would like us to concentrate our work efforts on the Smith Creek Trail, Mount St Helens.  This work party is being spearheaded by two Bike Gallery employees, Darrin Joos and David Anderson. 

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Helens Fest 2010 Finale!

We came from near and far to pay homage to the Mountain that rules all.

HF02

 (photo verslowrdr)

From as close as LaCenter to as far as Norway they came

Halvar, Matthew and Anders - 3 guys from Norway 

(photo David A's Photos)

 There was no sleeping in

Time to rise and shine!

photo David A's Photos

There were trails to ride

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