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.
On Friday we will leave from Marble Mountain Snow Park for rides on trails including but not necessarily limited to: Ape Canyon, Smith Creek, Butte Camp, Toutle, Boundary, Craggy Peak, Wright Meadow Trails. Most rides will be intermediate in skill level with at least one being in the gonzo category.
Saturday, is the day of stewardship where we work on trails and projects alongside Forest Service managers and employees. Projects include, but are not limited to, brushing out Ape Canyon trail, working on water damage on the Plains of Abraham, and brush removal and tread repair on the lower Smith Creek trail. Please bring longfingered/work gloves, long sleeved shirts and long pants. Bike helmets will work in lieu of hard hats. Some work groups will ride to their work sites.
After the work party we will have a post ride meal sponsored in part by the Bike Gallery, Evergreen, and the Mount St Helens Institute. We will also have some fun and games on Saturday evening - including a raffle for which we have several cool donated items.
On Sunday we will again leave from the Marble Mount Snow Park for farewell rides around the Monument. Several rides will be offered twice, so if you missed doing a ride one day you can always plan on doing it on Sunday.
We will be camping at the Marble Mountain Snow Park and campers must be self sufficient. There is NO water here. This is a BYOB (bring your own beverage) event. Marble Mountain has a 'two holer' and two large parking lots. RV's are welcome.
The Forest Service is conducting a campaign to eliminate the spread of weeds. Please make sure that your bikes are clean and free of dirt that could harbor seeds of weed species. Most of us clean our bikes after each ride, so this shouldn't be a problem. But, please do check and clean your bike before riding in this very unique area.
On our rides, at no time should anyone ride their bike off trail. If you need to go over, under, or around an obstacle, get off your bike and walk it around, or over, or under the obstacle. No cutting corners or taking shortcuts either. Most of the area is a biological and geological study area and we want to keep our impact to a minimum.
The planning committee is getting excited about our event. We hope you are too, and look forward to seeing all of you there.