The Mt. St. Helens and Mt Adams Backcountry is located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Southwest Washington State and is one of the most remote regions in the Cascade Mountain Range. We like to spend at least 4 – 5 days in here so we can capture a majority of the best trails within the region and also have the opportunity to enjoy swimming in the Lakes, standup paddle boarding, fishing and relaxation on the river side banks with a cold beers in hand. This region takes and effort to get into, with the nearest town is 1 hour from our campground, it’s worth staying longer so we can capture everything this forest has to offer.
On the Mt St Helens side, you’ll be entering an area left dormant for years, recently re-opened and full of endless backcountry single-track. You’ll be riding within the 1980 Mt St Helens Blast zone where 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. Expect huge views of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier as we explore this incredibly unique volcanic rainforest.
The Mt Adams side of the forest has motorized access, so the dynamic of the trails changes. Slightly more rugged, you get more technicality from the exposed roots, natural berms and robust amount of organics churned up into the perfect mix of soil and plant matter… it’s the mountain bikers powder day.
We get to experience the Alpine on a couple of our rides, providing exceptional views of the surrounding area and a chance for us to put into perspective the region we are exploring. All that work to get up isn’t without reward, the descents here are huge. All these trails lead down from ridge line to valley floor on what seems to be endlessly long single track runs.
We end each day at camp, with our own Chef cooking us some of the best food we’ll eat all year. Family style dinners, drinks and a bunch of games and toys to get in trouble with… there’s a lot to do back at camp post ride. This adventure is a chance to escape from connection, detach from the devices and spend some time in the woods with your friends. It’s a nice break and we invite you out anytime on this epic PNW Adventure!
Distance (total trip)
- Private Chef
- Tents and sleeping pads in beautiful remote locations
- Professionally guided tour of remote single track
- What we think is a pretty good time riding your bike in the woods
- CLIF Bar Trail Snacks
When / Where:
Wednesday, July 22nd at 7AM
Where: Portland Oregon
Address: Will be emailed upon booking
Headlight or Flashlight
Sleeping Bag rated for below freezing
Remember those Cable Hangers and any proprietary bits for your bike to keep you running.
5 Days of Riding Kits
Waterproof Riding Gear – Head to toe
Warm Jacket and clothing for at Night