Wrapping up the weekend, better weather rolled into the area for the rides on the crown jewel trails of the area: the North Kettle Crest trail, which included the descent on the Jungle Hill Trail; and the South Kettle Crest, which included the Sherman Trail and a ride to Snow Peak Cabin.. On Saturday, we were greated with blue skies as we began North Kettle Crest and Jungle Hill Trail. The trail was in great shape from the previous days rains, leaving every switchback across and down what turns from open range to dark forest in firm, tacky goodness. We were served alternating terrain on one ride…from a buff smooth ribbon to challenging rocky chunkiness. On Sunday, we were of to Kettle Crest South where a quick visit to the rustic Snow Peak Cabin was followed by a rambling open run through an old burn which provided inspiring views as we navigated down the challenging rocky terrain.
It all ended too quickly for me. I think it all ended too quickly for the group. The Advocacy Fest gathered some of the the best of the best who are actively involved in keeping trails open in Idaho and Washington. More importantly it brought new people to a fun environment, establishing new relationships and giving back trails with good helping of trail karma. I truly enjoyed working and riding side by side with good people from across a larger region. It was an open invite event for anyone belonging to a mountain bike club, or just plain willing to ride a new area so that it could be shown that riders want the area to stay open. And what an great area it is.
Next year will bring another Kettle Crest Festival and we’re exploring the possibilities with Portland Oregon area riders of a Helens Fest at Mt. St. Helens, for some fun around the volcano.
Special thanks to: New Belgium, MTBR.COM, Niner Bikes, MSC Bikes, and Joyride Cycles for support in this most worthwhile endeavor. Advocacy Fests open up, expand partnerships with land managers, or can just inject numbers of help while demonstrating tangible numbers of mt. biker use, and is an extremely effective tool in helping keep trail access open.
Kettle Fest Organizer
source: Almer Casile