Video: Transforming Cascadia - Building Community Through Trail Advocacy

Nov 17, 2023
by SHIMANO  

WORDS: Shimano

For nearly a decade, Trans Cascadia has been one of the most renowned multi-day enduro MTB experiences in the world. Known for its adventurous routes, legendary parties, and overall good times, the Trans Cascadia crew certainly knows how to put on a proper event.

Founded by a group of longtime bike industry professionals, Trans Cascadia was first held in 2015 and started as a blind-format, backcountry race on the trails outside Cascadia, Oregon. Since that first year, the event and crew have evolved into an organization that advocates for backcountry trail reclamation and maintenance in the Pacific Northwest. They host 3 to 4 Work Parties each year to help clear trails, not only for the event itself but to keep open for the public far beyond the race.

“This formula of reclaiming neglected trails and maintaining them has become the core ethos of Trans Cascadia,” freeride legend Thomas Vanderham explains.

In 2022, the Trans Cascadia team announced that no race would be held that year, but they’d keep the four Work Parties rolling, thanks to the event’s longtime sponsors and riders. With this announcement, Vanderham and fellow freeride great Matt Hunter joined forces with Shimano to document the event’s ongoing efforts in restoring and recovering backcountry trail networks.

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Transforming Cascadia takes a behind-the-scenes look at the final work party of the year and brings together a star-studded group of pro riders and local advocates as they work to clear trails and re-establish old race routes. Past Trans Cascadia participants like Vanderham, Hunter, and Eliot Jackson share their journey as racers turned advocates, venturing deep into the woods of the Pacific Northwest.

Bringing the local riding community together and working closely with land managers and other trail users, the Trans Cascadia team showcases just what an organized, efficient trail advocacy program can accomplish. Learn more about Trans Cascadia’s mission to bring communities together and keep trail networks open and accessible now and for future generations to come: trans-cascadia.com/


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17 Comments
  • 25 0
 More of this. Pinkbike should do more articles featuring local builders and trail mangers.
  • 15 0
 Amazing. Thank you all. Reclaiming old trail is genius because often it's hard to get new trail built in a "non-IMBA" style, and these old trails can be absolute gems.
  • 10 0
 Man, I wish there was more excitement for this style of trail work and trails in general. It seems like all of the push for new trails is machine built flow trails. I understand they (flow trails) are great for new riders, but a fair percentage of riders still want singletrack.
  • 1 0
 Agreed. It’s kinda sad that so few people have even read this article and commented.
  • 7 0
 This is exactly what we need in Washington state, an advocacy group and trail crew looking out for the trails that are primitive, remote, and actually go somewhere. Thank you!
  • 9 0
 We held 2 of 4 TransCascadia Work Parties in Washington this year. One out of 25mile Creek in the Chelan/Entiat area and another in the Foggy Dew zone in the Methow Valley. Check in on the website for 2024, there will be more work parties in WA, hope to see you out there!
  • 3 0
 Like to shout out to the moto community they have been taking care of most of these trails for decades we should be thanking them otherwise these trails would of disappeared a long time ago. Also most of these areas are pretty sensitive and would be nice not to exploit them which I feel there’s a fine line on that one.
  • 1 0
 Good times and great people! Went to my first this year and will be back. I am used to working on trails in my area when I can. This camp out and make a three day weekend of trail work and shuttling in a remote area is pretty badass! Thanks for the delicious food and hospitality! I will be back!
  • 4 0
 great news! and great work Trans Cascadia!
  • 3 0
 Thanks Trans Cascadia
  • 1 0
 That's a solid crew. Looking forward to getting back out there with them next year!
  • 1 0
 This is great to see. There are trails all over the West that need a little live but are potentially awesome.
  • 1 0
 Good work, keep reclaiming.
  • 1 0
 Good on ya TC and friends!
  • 1 0
 The trails and zone look amazing, really hoping the race comes back!
  • 1 0
 SO, is the race coming back in 2024?
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