Dirty Grin Mountain Bike Festival


JUNE 23 – 25, 2023

HESS RECREATION AREA, DANVILLE, PA

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FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!

The Dirty Grin Mountain Bike Festival is a three-day / two-night celebration of all that we love about the sport of mountain biking. Our goal is to showcase the amazing trail networks and opportunities we have in east-central Pennsylvania while growing participation in the sport so that everyone feels like they have a place in this great community.

We’ll offer a wide range of opportunities for you to meet like-minded riders and learn from some of the best riders and teachers of the sport on this side of the Appalachian Mountains. We’ll introduce you to some outstanding local food, coffee, and beers, as well as several of our favorite local musicians. You’ll have the opportunity to ride several of our favorite local trail systems – each with its own unique character – that will test experienced riders while also offering plenty of opportunities for those learning and growing in the sport. The festival will offer a wide range of competitive and non-competitive riding options, from clinics to guided rides to games to full-blown races.  The Dirty Grin truly offers something for every rider!

EVENT DETAILS

DATE

Friday, June 23 – Sunday, June 25, 2023

LOCATION (primary)

Hess Recreation Area, 843 Meadow Lane, Danville, PA 17821 USA

REGISTRATION CAP

250

REGISTRATION DEADLINE

None – day-of-event registration will be allowed (if not sold out in advance)

PACKET PICK-UP/CHECK-IN

3pm – 10pm Friday, June 23, and 7:30am – 6pm Saturday, June 24, at the Hess Recreation Area pavilion

EVENT SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, 6/23/23

3pm – Check-in / registration opens (Hess Recreation Area pavilion)
3pm – QR scavenger hunt opens
6pm-8pm – Guided night rides — Geisinger Stewardship Forest and Hess Recreation Area
8pm-10pm – Live entertainment by Van Wagner, Kate Woodruff, and Ethan Weader (Hess Recreation Area pavilion)
11pm – Quiet hours begin
 

SATURDAY, 6/24

Cognition Coaching clinics (times to be announced)
7:30am – Breakfast (PB&J Bar) & coffee (Boil Line Coffee) (Hess Recreation Area pavilion)
7:30am – Morning yoga
8:30am – Geisinger Stewardship Forest guided ride
10am – Introduction to Mountain Biking Clinic (Hess Recreation Area)
12pm – Dubelicious Grill food truck opens (Hess Recreation Area)
2pm – Women’s Hopewell Park / Danville Borough Farm guided ride
4pm – Dirty Grin Games (Hess Recreation Area)
5pm – Ski Valley Bike Maintenance Clinic (Hess Recreation Area)
5pm – Old Forge Brewing Company beer tent opens (Hess Recreation Area)
6pm – Hammers’ Boneshaker Race (Hess Recreation Area)
7pm-9pm – Live entertainment by Willie Jack and the Northern Light (Hess pavilion)
8pm – Bike raffle drawing / QR Scavenger Hunt awards (Hess Rec. Area pavilion)
11pm – Quiet hours begin
 

SUNDAY, 6/25

Cognition Coaching clinics (times to be announced)
7:30am – Breakfast (PB&J Bar) & coffee (Boil Line Coffee)
7:30am – Non-denominational worship service (Hess Recreation Area pavilion)
9am – Geisinger Enduro (Geisinger Stewardship Forest)
9:30am – Guided rides (local trail systems—riders’ choice; depart from Geisinger Stewardship Forest)
11am – Dubelicious Grill food truck opens
5pm – Hess Recreation Area camping closes
 
Click here for a printable schedule.

GUIDED RIDES


Let us introduce you to our local trails. We’re proud of our local trail systems and we’re looking forward to showing them off!

Join us for one (or all!) of the weekend’s guided rides. Our local riders have been working hard for years to build and maintain an outstanding variety of trails that appeal to riders of all skill levels. All guided rides are included in your event registration fee.  Note: some guided rides require attendees to drive to the site.
 

Geisinger Stewardship Forest Night Ride

6pm Friday, June 23

Meet at the Hess Recreation Area pavilion. Riders will travel as a group to and from the trails. Headlamps / lights are mandatory. Ride routes and lengths will be tailored to attendee experience levels.  Learn more about the site here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hess Recreation Area Night Ride

6pm Friday, June 23

Meet at the Hess Recreation Area pavilion. Headlamps / lights are mandatory. Ride routes and lengths will be tailored to attendee experience levels.  Learn more about the site here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Geisinger Stewardship Forest Ride

8:30am Saturday, June 24

Meet at the Hess Recreation Area pavilion. Riders will travel as a group to and from the trails. Ride routes and lengths will be tailored to attendee experience levels.  Learn more about the site here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Women’s Hopewell Park / Danville Borough Farm Ride

2pm Saturday, June 24

Meet at the Hess Recreation Area pavilion. Riders will travel as a group to and from the trails. Ride routes and lengths will be tailored to attendee experience levels.

CLINICS

New to mountain biking? Want to improve the skills you already have? Are you a seasoned rider looking to learn something new? We’ll have clinics for every rider. Whatever your current skill level, you’re sure to learn something new here.
 

The following clinics are free to all registrants:

 

INTRODUCTION TO MOUNTAIN BIKING CLINIC

10am Saturday, June 24, Hess Recreation Area

Our team of NICA-certified coaches, bike shop pros, and riders will provide the information any rider will need to get started in mountain biking. We’ll cover the fundamentals of bike setup, basic bike/body positioning, braking, etc., in a way that’s open and welcoming to all.

Meet at the Hess Recreation Area pavilion.
 

SKI VALLEY BIKE MAINTENANCE CLINIC

5pm Saturday, June 24, Hess Recreation Area

The team of bike shop pros from Ski Valley Bike, Board, Ski, and Skate in Danville will be on hand to keep you riding throughout the weekend and show off some of the latest and greatest gear. Join to team on Saturday, June 24, at 5pm for a Bike Maintenance Clinic to cover the fundamentals of caring for your bike and show you some tips and tricks to keep you out on the trail.

Meet at the Hess Recreation Area pavilion.
 

The following clinics require separate registration and require an additional fee.

 

COGNITION COACHING CLINICS

Are you looking for some truly next-level instruction? We’re excited to again welcome the coaches from Cognition Coaching to offer you expert instruction on a range of skills.

Cognition Coaching staff will be offering MTB skills clinics for intermediate and advanced riders. Each clinic will progress through an extensive curriculum of skills and will be instructed by one or more certified instructors and limited to 6-8 participants. This small group size will allow for individual and personal attention. Mature teens and middle-schoolers are encouraged to register. Let a certified professional teach your child and they will progress more quickly with great technique while remaining safe. Unsure if your child is ready to attend? Please email btufford@cognitioncoaching.net to discuss further. We’d love to include the young shredders.

Register for the one that interests you most or register for them all!

Registration for the Cognition Coaching clinics will open in early 2023.

MUSIC

Join us at the Hess Recreation Area pavilion on Friday, June 23, from 8pm – 10pm for live performances by Van Wagner, Kate Woodruff, and Ethan Weader.

On Saturday, June 24, it’s Willie Jack and the Northern Light from 7pm – 9pm!

CAMPING

Primitive camping at the Hess Recreation Area is free to all Dirty Grin MTB Festival registrants. Bring your tent and put it up close to the music, food, and games to be close to the action all weekend!

Camping at the Hess Recreation Area is intended for tents or car-top / van campers. There is not enough room, nor are there hook-ups, for RVs or trailers. If your rig is too large for the Hess Recreation Area, please visit the Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau’s listing of local campgrounds that will be glad to welcome you.

QR CODE SCAVENGER HUNT

The search opens Friday, June 23, at 3pm and wraps up with awards at the Hess Recreation Area pavilion on Saturday evening at 8pm.

Details coming soon!

FESTIVAL MAP


Located just outside of Danville, PA, the Hess Recreation Area offers recreational opportunities for a wide range of users. With more than 100 mostly forested acres and features such as 1.1 miles of Mahoning Creek (open to public fishing), 3.9 miles of trails (including the oldest rail-to-trail in the United States), two softball fields, one lacrosse/multi-use field, a concrete skatepark, a covered bridge (w/ fishing platform), year-round restroom facilities, a 20′ x 50′ pavilion w/ electricity and fire pit, a wetland wildlife viewing blind, picnic tables, charcoal grills and more, everyone from organized teams to individuals of all ages can find something to do at the site!

COMPETITIVE EVENTS

Details coming soon.

THE TRAILS

With more than 1,000 trails at sites ranging from ridgetop state forests, to reclaimed coal country, to river towns, the trail systems in the ridge and valley region of east-central Pennsylvania have something to offer nearly every rider!

We’ve created this map for riders looking to experience the hundreds of miles of singletrack and bike-friendly trails located in east-central Pennsylvania, near Danville, Bloomsburg, Berwick, Shamokin, Lewisburg, Selinsgrove, Mifflinburg and surrounding communities in Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union Counties.

From the coal region in southern Columbia and Northumberland Counties, to the gently rolling farmlands in Montour, Northumberland, and Union Counties, to the many forested ridges that define our region, residents and visitors alike can take their pick of the adventure they’d like to pursue.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

QUESTION:

What does my registration fee include?

ANSWER:

Your registration fee will include camping, parking, showers, admission to all group rides, events (except the Geisinger Enduro), and clinics (except those instructed by Cognition Coaching), a $10 food / swag voucher, and Friday and Saturday evening concerts.
 

QUESTION

What does my registration fee not include?

ANSWER

Your registration fee does not include the Cognition Coaching clinics or the Geisinger Enduro. Separate registration is required for those events. Your fee does not include t-shirts, meals, or beer, but we encourage you to use your $10 food / swag voucher toward those costs.
 

QUESTION:

Where is the festival being held?

ANSWER:

The main festival grounds will be at the Hess Recreation Area in Danville, PA. This is where parking, camping, music, food, clinics, and many other great events will be held!
 

QUESTION:

Can I ride my bike to the trails from the festival?

ANSWER:

Yes – you can access the Geisinger Stewardship Forest Trails with a short pavement ride that takes about 10 minutes. To access Hopewell Park, it is about a 20-minute pavement ride from the festival. There is parking available at both trailheads if you choose to drive.
 

QUESTION:

What food will be available onsite?

ANSWER:

The Dubelicious food truck will be parked at the festival on Saturday from 12pm – 8pm and again on Sunday from 11pm – 3pm. The PB&J Bar and Boil Line Coffee will be set up at the festival on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 7:30am – 9:30am. The Old Forge Brewing Company will have a tent set up beside the pavilion on Saturday evening from 5pm- 9pm. All participants will be given a $10 voucher to use at any of these vendors during the festival. Other food is available for purchase.

If you want to check out restaurants in the area, be sure to check out the Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau list of restaurants!
 

QUESTION:

Can I bring my travel trailer or camper?

ANSWER:

Camping at the Hess Recreation Area is intended for tents or car-top / van campers. There is not enough room, nor are there hook-ups, for RVs or trailers. If your rig is too large for the Hess Recreation Area, please visit the Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau’s listing of local campgrounds that will be glad to welcome you.
 

QUESTION:

Is alcohol allowed?

ANSWER

Yes – alcohol is allowed at the Hess Recreation Area and we’ll have an Old Forge Brewing Company beer tent set up on Saturday evening. If you’re 21+, you’re welcome to bring your favorite adult beverages or partake from Old Forge’s offerings, but please keep in mind that this is a family event and we want all to have a good time. Please drink in moderation and be respectful of other visitors. Persons found to be excessively intoxicated may be removed from the property.
 

QUESTION:

Is there somewhere I can get my bike fixed during the festival?

ANSWER

Yes – Ski Valley Bike, Board, Ski, & Skate will be set up at the festival to get you back out on the trails. Look for their tent set up beside the park’s pavilion.
 

QUESTION:

Are showers available?

ANSWER

Yes – free outdoor shower facilities are located on the back side of the park’s restroom building.
 
 
Do you have other questions not answered here? If so, please contact Bob Stoudt at RStoudt@MontourRec.com.

ABOUT THE DIRTY GRIN / CONTACT US

The Dirty Grin Mountain Bike Festival is hosted and supported by a partnership of local organizations in the Danville, PA community dedicated to making and promoting our region as an outstanding mountain biking destination. We live, work, and ride here and look forward to sharing some of our favorite trails with you!

To learn more about the Dirty Grin Mountain Bike Festival, please contact:

Bob Stoudt, Director
Montour Area Recreation Commission | PO Box 456, Danville, PA 17821 | (570) 336-2060 or RStoudt@MontourRec.com

MAKE A WEEKEND OF IT!

Are you coming in from out of town and camping’s not your thing? Maybe you need recommendations for somewhere to eat or play while you’re in town? The Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau will help you find just what you need.

 

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