This year’s SHIFT produced great results and was a total blast! Last weekend started with various group rides all over the mountain from Red Rocks, Blue Lake, Toutle Trail, to the epic Plains of Abraham and Smith Creek. Saturday consisted with 80 people scattered over the mountain like a well orchestrated army working to clear trails for riding. Once people got back to camp and relax, we had a gourmet BBQ meal prepared with Brisket, Pulled Pork, multiple salads, and Strawberry short cake. Sunday people woke up to another great day and broke into more ride groups that capped off a great weekend.
Many thanks go to a LOT of people.
- Cyclepath PDX and Hopworks for their continued, generous support of the mountain biking community.
- Charlie and Tara Biggs for cooking a great meal.
- U.S. Forest Service for bringing tools and coordinating with us.
- Jim Lemonds who tirelessly orchestrated the entire work party details.
- Crew chiefs for their leadership and hard work.
- And last, to all the volunteers who came to ride, work and ride for the long weekend to make it memorable time.
Here are results from Saturday’s work party –
Upper Kalama Ski Trail – It can now be ridden from Red Rock all the way to the Cougar Sno-Park.
Lower Kalama Ski Trail – It was a nightmare but we got it opened. Huckleberry was 10 feet tall and thick in places.
Marble Loop – This is the one-mile loop across the 83 road from the sno-park.
Pine Marten – Again, the work we did last year held up well. Crew was able to buff things out all the way to the intersection with the Sasquatch Trail.
Fir Ski Trail – This is a short connector trail just north of the sno-park that is now rideable and a lot of fun.
Toutle Trail – They were able to clear much of the Toutle Trail all the way from the bridge to the intersection with the Loowit at the south fork of the Toutle River.
Smith Creek – Jerry and Andrea DeRyder, Justin, and Jamie Yoder did big work all the way to the pumice hill on the north end.
There are a lot of new trails in and around the Marble Mountain Sno-Park that are a lot of fun for all abilities including beginners and kids. Check out the trails that are listed on Trailforks.