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Attention riders everywhere.

Helens Fest, July 9-11

Kettle Fest, July 14-18

With busy schedules and turbulent times, it's difficult to manage time to help out trails. The question always goes out how can we get more folks to come out and represent for our Forest Service Trails which we all see in articles in magazines and newspapers as being threatened with closure?

You see pictures on websites and magazines of these epic marvels and just look for any excuse to get out there and experience the awesomeness. Well now, we provide you the excuse...

Riders converge from across the Pacific Northwest and abroad to enjoy days of riding and fellowship around the campfire. Free tours of epic top shelf singletrack rides. Get to meet riders from across a vast region, much like a racing event, where you can share a nice cold New Belgium beverage (yes free beer), and tell tales beside a nice campfire. This free event only requires you to represent a mountain bike club of your choice, and a day is set aside to roll up the sleeves for a fun work party no experience required.

Two free sister events in Washington State are set, showcasing some of the best riding the state has to offer. Helens Fest held at Mt. St. Helens offers you the incredible experience of riding beside a volcano. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the 1980 eruption, you can witness first hand the incredible power, riding across the blast zone. And bear witness to the resilience of nature riding through stands of old-growth forest spared from the blast, and spin by new growth shrubs and flowers, dotting what only a few decades before were scorched wastelands.



Then Kettle Fest showcasing the Kettle Crest, tucked in the remote corner of Northeast part of the state An epic tour of top shelf singletrack await, ride through a variety of sub-alpine ecosystems. Navigating through jumbled fields of rocky terrain, to long buff stretches of long roaming smooth singletrack. From old growth pine forest, to spring fed cedar grove, to pockets of wildflower riddled open range, to expansive view across old burns. Rejoice in the solitude, fresh air on an expansive trail system that you would be tempted keeping secret so that you could enjoy this gem all to yourself.



A sponsored work party for each event will provide a free BBQ, and plenty of swag to reward to all the hard working volunteers. Working with the Forest Service to work on a task to help out the trails. Smiles in accomplishment follow the group back to camp, and onward as the value of giving back is shown in such a nurturing fun light. With big numbers our impact is completing in one day what would take many more days to complete in a typical work party. It's a win win, as you not only get to ride these trails, but you actively give back helping to insure a chance to come back for years to come.



Bike clubs and their members are working hard getting behind this grassroots movement. Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance in Seattle, Northwest Trail Alliance in Portland, and Fat Tire Trail Riders Club in Spokane are rallying behind the idea of expanding our networks, and being active in promoting stewardship and active advocacy. We are stoked to have these clubs working together, and are thankful for the Colville and Gifford-Pinchot Forest Service providing free camping. We are thankful for Mount St. Helens Institute, and other companies for sponsoring these collaborative events.





RiderS across the planet! You really want to get out here for these can't miss events. We provide free camping, some epic trail riding, and incredibly fun memories that last a lifetime. These rides are the great epics that can fly under the radar, the ones that locals keep secret. Are you going to wait around to read an article about another trail closure? Why do that, come out to the Pacific Northwest, and don't miss out on your chance to ride these gems. We're not asking you, we're telling you, trust me, you really want to make these fun events, they really are good times.
 

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Monte said:
Wow Skookum, you've got the mods jumping. :thumbsup:
The ride might not be over, it's a unique kind of event in that it's a collaborative grassroots no-profit deal so don't be surprised if the thread moves again. Hoping that a high traffic forum like Passion get's the word out for now...
 

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Love it. Hope I can do one this year.

I would love to check out the "new" Mt St Helens by bike! But the Kettle Crest is calling loudly.
 

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Trying to drag my but* to work this morning and now I have something to day dream about to get me through the day! Great rides and seeing my wifes smiling face has me in a great mood.

Last years ride down Jungle Hill with my favorite one-eye- spackler was the best ride all year.

I am so there.

P.S. Still owe you a tarp.
 
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