Father/Son Mountain Bike Camp

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Jul 12-15, 2018Kidder Creek | Backcountry

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This is going to be awesome:

Kidder Creek is located in one of Northern California’s greatest landscapes and is surrounded with world-class mountain bike trails. We’re excited to share this amazing trail bounty with you in a new parent / child based format. With creation as our backdrop we’ll enjoy a weekend like no other and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Your weekend will be packed with both purpose built flow trails and natural singletrack wonders as we shuttle the Shastice trail system in Mount Shasta and the epic 12 mile downhill trail at Mount Ashland. We’ll also have ample opportunity to enjoy the rustic charm of sleeping outdoors and the on-site singletrack trails and pump track.

All of this is led by your trusty trail guides and counselors who will help take your riding to the next level. While this is a riding camp and not a skills camp, you will come away with tips and tricks to make your riding stronger.

When you’re not biking you’ll spend time swimming and cliff jumping, hanging out around the campfire, eating, enjoying new friends and making intentional connections between Creation and the Creator.

For fathers with sons grades 6 and up.


Included in the price:

(3 nights lodging, 8 meals, guides, shuttles, program and recreation)


$325 per camper
Experience matters

Since its inception in 1976, Kidder Creek has consistently given young people a dramatic experience in the outdoors. At the same time our well-trained and relational staff leads them to be challenged by the life-transforming message of the gospel of Jesus Christ.


Please do not let finances get in the way of a Mount Hermon experience. Through the generosity of many, a partial grant from the Campership Fund may be just the gift you need to make it possible for you to attend camp. For more information and an application, please contact our friendly Registration staff.




Day 1: Thursday
Kidder Creek

We’ll start off our long weekend of camp with a quick ride around camp and skills clinics focusing on the IMBA 5 core skills curriculum. Even if you’ve been riding for years you’ll learn something to improve your riding. We’ll also spend time getting to know one another and enjoying some of the other activities Kidder Creek has to offer.

Day 2: Friday
Mount Shasta & Shastice Trails (Approx. 14 miles with 1000 ft. of climbing)

We’ll ride near the town of Mount Shasta on the Gateway Trails. Our guides will discuss the rules of bike safety and specific mountain tips for riding.  Today’s ride takes you to the purpose built Shastice Bike trails, a network of smooth, fast, winding singletrack. Post-ride, we’ll take a dip in the lake or at a local waterfall. Before heading back to Kidder for dinner, a campfire and some relaxing.

Day 3: Saturday
Mount Ashland Downhill with Jabberwocky (Approx. 13 miles with 500 ft. of climbing)

After a hearty breakfast and devotional you’ll start with a morning shuttle up to the summit of Mount Ashland.  We will descend down one of the northwest's most fun trails through a network of natural trail and smooth, flowy singletrack, There are a few short climbs mixed in as well. From the bottom we'll do some climbing and ride the lower part of Mt Ashland or take time in the afternoon to enjoy swimming or head downtown Ashland or Lithia Park.  In the evening we’ll transfer back to Kidder Creek for another campfire and a time of reflection.

Day 4: Sunday
Kidder Creek Loop (Approx. 9 miles with 1,200 ft. of climbing)

After a short ride around camp and hearty brunch, you'll say goodbye to your guides before checking out at around 10:30.  

Skill Level

We want everyone to have an enjoyable weekend and recognize that there is a diversity of skill and fitness levels that may be interested in the retreat. We recommend this retreat for folks with the following fitness level and skills.

My fitness level: I am comfortable on 3-5 hour rides at a moderate pace, of 8-14 miles in length with a few short anaerobic climbs throughout. I get out for exercise about 3 days a week.

My skill level: I have been mountain biking for at least two years and am able to control my speed and direction on moderately steep and technical singletrack trails. I am comfortable descending on loose or uneven terrain, including rocks, gravel, tree roots and small drops.

What to Bring

Please mark all items, including luggage, with camper’s first and last name

Bedding and Toiletries: 
Warm sleeping bag, pillow, beach towel and all the toiletries you need for 4 days. Don't forget your tent, hammocks or a tarp to sleep out under the stars.  

Pack for all potential riding weather, including rain. Bring riding gloves and eye protection. Swimsuit for aquatic adventures and comfy casual clothing for post-ride. Bring layers for cool nights and morning.

Make sure you have a hydration pack or water bottles, and ideally fill them before coming so you’re ready to ride.

We’ll set you up with delicious CLIF organic trail mix bars, but if you’d prefer to have additional snacks, please bring them along. Note that most of the bars that we have are gluten-free but do contain nuts and traces of dairy.

Consider sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and similar things to keep you comfortable in various conditions.

Trail Helmet:
Bring a trail helmet for pedal oriented riding and your eye protection.

Arm and Leg Protection:
If you have your own, feel free to bring it with you. If not most of the trail surfaces are forgiving.

Tubes and Tools:
Bring two spare tubes in case you get a flat, and basic riding tools if you have them. If not, you can rely on the guides. Also please bring a few spare chain links for the chain on your bike.

Have your bike checked and tuned by a bike shop mechanic before you come to the retreat so that it’s in great working order and you’re set up for success. If you’re choosing between bikes and looking for guidance on the best one to bring call us and we’ll help you decide. And if you’re interested in trying a new Trek let us know and we can arrange a demo bike for you.

Drop Off & Pick Up

Drop Off
  • Camp Arrival is between 4 – 5 p.m. on Thursday of your selected week
  • Put this address in your GPS: 2700 S Kidder Creek Rd, Etna, CA 96027
Pick Up
  • Camp ends after a hearty breakfast on Sunday morning.

Maps & directions

2700 S Kidder Creek Rd. Etna CA 96027

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Kidder Creek | Backcountry

Kidder Creek borders the Marble Mountain Wilderness and the Klamath National Forest, and sits in the shadows of majestic Mount Shasta in Northern California. These outdoor arenas offer us opportunities for Whitewater rafting, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Backpacking, High Ropes Course, and Peak Ascents. Kidder Creek operates under permits issued by the Klamath National Forest and is an equal opportunity service provider.