We call this ride, Tres Frescas… a huge day of descending on what has been coined “THE BEST day of riding of my LIFE ” by Loris Vergier. We’ll be reliving a day of the 2018 and 2019 Trans-Cascadia MTB race, riding in the Mt. St. Helens Backcountry. That morning, we’ll rendezvous in Randle Washington and pile into the TC Shuttle Van and head out to the backcountry where we’ll shuttle from the valley floor to the top of the ridgeline 3 times, accumulating a ton vertical each lap. Each descent falls from the ridgeline in a different direction which provides a nice diversity of dirt and unique ridgeline views. You spend a fair amount of time in the alpine on this ride, the views from up top are incredible. Riding within the 1980 Mt St Helens Blast zone, you’ll still find remnants of the historic blast that blew 1,300’ off the top and absolutely desecrated the surrounding environment for decades. We’re lucky to be riding here, as there is limited access to this area and a short window to ride. On this ride, expect huge views of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier and some intensely demanding singletrack.
Distance (per day)
Estimated Mileage: 20 + Miles
Day Trip Includes:
- Professionally guided tour of remote single track
Shuttle Departure: 9:30 AM
Please arrive 15 minutes early.
Hood River Riders: Inquire about shorter drive option
Mt St Helens BackcountryFriday 21°FSaturday 23°FSunday 26°FMonday 29°FTuesday 26°F
with Mt. St. Helens
This was a huge project during the summer of 2018. Over 3000 hours of volunteer labor that uncovered 52 miles of newly logged out and brushed out backcountry singletrack. Our friends at Santa Cruz Bicycles come up at least once a year to attend a 4 day work party to help the cause and throw a shovel in the dirt. They wrote about their experience attending this year’s work party along with some great photos that highlight the area. Click here for the full details.