Current Methow Valley Trail Conditions:* Last Updated 4/27/2016
Road Bike Rides
Many roads are clear of snow and have been swept. At this time of year, traffic is minimal and riding is great.
Sun Mountain: Lots of arrowleaf balsalmroot flowers along the way. A nicely climbing ride to start your season with beautiful sweeping vistas at top. From town, a quick 3 mile jaunt up Twin Lakes Rd. to Patterson Lake Rd. From there, about 6 miles uphill gets you to the Lodge and views.
Chewuch Loop: Entire loop is clear to Andrews Creek. An easy 14 mile loop connecting East and West Chewuch Roads looking down at the beautiful Chewuch River. For longer option, continue past bridge on West Chewuch Rd., on Road 151 to Andrews Creek for a 50 mile roundtrip.
Washington Pass: Open to all vehicles. Watch for snow slides. A fairly strenuous climb that is well worth the effort for the outstanding views and epic descent. 65 miles roundtrip from Winthrop or 30 miles roundtrip from Mazama.
Winthrop South to Twisp and Carlton: Enjoy some lightly traveled side roads that parrallel Hwy 20 south. Take East County Road south of Winthrop 9 miles to Twisp. Take the Twisp-Carlton Road 10 miles further south to Carlton.
Twisp River Road: Clear for 12 miles. Head up the gently climbing Twisp River Road for 14 miles to pavement end past agricultural farms, open fields and forests, all with spectacular views of the Twisp River and surrounding mountains.
Tour de Okanogan: Tough climbs, breathtaking decents and great terrain for riding this 105 mile loop. From Winthrop, take East County Road to Twisp, follow Hwy 20 over Loup Loup Pass and descend toward Malott. Take a right on the B&O Road through Malott toward Old Hwy 97. Take a right and ride until Old Hwy 97 meets Hwy 97, keep going until Pateros. Cross the Methow River and turn right up Hwy 153. Stay on Hwy 153 until you can take side roads: Gold Creek Loop, Twisp-Carlton Rd, East County Rd.
Mountain Bike Trails
Trails are starting to clear up with patches of water and snow on low elevation trails. Mid and high level elevation trails still under snow.
Remember: wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry trails. Stay on the single-track and ride or walk through the wet sections. Spring is not the time to ride if you are not willing to get wet and muddy.
Angel's Staircase: Closed--snow on trail. 22 miles of out-there alpine riding, with multiple climbs and descents over the 8,000 ft. Sawtooth crest. Intermediate to advanced.
Big Valley: Open but wet. Valley-bottom, wide, multi-use trail great for families, canine friends and beginner riders. Trail travels through forest, meadows and along the Methow river. 4-6 miles.
Bear Mountain: Closed--snow on trail. Combine with North Summit XC trails at Loup Loup for a full mountain experience. For those that like a good sweet descent after climbing--this should be on your bucket list. One of our favorites!
Buck Mountain: Open--muddy and wet. This intermediate 13.5 mile ride, a combination of Forest Service road climbs and singletrack descents, can be ridden the traditional way from Cub Creek or the 2012 re-route from Buck Lake! This is a signature Methow Valley ride with flowy descents and great views!
Cedar Creek: Closed--snow on trail. An intermediate out-and-back ride west of Mazama through a mountain valley. Trail can be brushy after the first 2 miles. Total ride distance up to 20 miles.
Cutthroat: Closed--snow on trail. A great alpine out-and-back 11-mile trail with exceptional views of the North Cascades and a rippin' descent. Trail is shared with hikers so keep your head up!
Deadhorse Lake/Aspen Lake: Open with abundant wildflowers. Deadhorse has rolling double and single track trails. Aspen Lake has double track and single track to top with stunning views of Sawtooth Mountains and steep single track descent to start of loop.
Foggy Dew/Merchants Basin: Closed--snow on trail. Long climb (3,500'-4,500') with a hike-a-bike section into Merchant's Basin. We recommend descending Foggy Dew. Make it a shuttled ride climbing up to Cooney Lake from the Crater Creek Trailhead and descending Foggy Dew - all the way to the camground - for a 5,000' joy ride! Intermediate to advanced ride.
Lightning Creek: Closed--very high water and downed trees. Use caution as trail was burned in Carlton Complex 2014 fire and maintenance has not occurred since early July. Combine with Middle Fork Beaver or Bear Mountain for more distance and fun!
Middle Fork Beaver Creek: Closed--very high water and downed trees. Great section of trail that will put a smile on your face. If you haven't discovered this gem, you should. Connect it with Bear Mountain and North Summit Loup Loup for a longer ride. Enjoy the flow!
Methow Valley Community Trail: Open but with standing water on trail. Ride along the Methow River between Wolf Creek Road/Brown's Farm Trailhead and Mazama, 6 miles each way. Additional trails available from the Mazama Corral Trailhead to add miles or create a lollipop loop. Good trail for beginners and families.
Pipestone Canyon: The Backcountry Horseman will be in the Pipestone wildlife area this weekend Apr 29-May 1. It may be better to choose another area to ride or use proper etiquette and dismount when you encounter a horse on the trail. Open with muddy and wet portions. Accessible via bike from Lester Rd. and via vehicle from Balky Hill side. Nice ride can include the east rim Bowen Mtn/Lester Road singletrack to make a 9-mile loop and to add distance and increase the fun factor. Out-and-back through the canyon is a good family ride.
Rendezvous Basin Trails: Open with some trees and snow on trails. Riders report that at least some of the downed trees have been cleared and it's possible to ride as far as Rendezvous Pass with only a couple of downed trees to get past. The Rendezvous Basin trail is essentially snow free. A good alternative to some of the local favorites. Roughly an eleven mile singletrack loop that flows nicely in rolling terrain. Map and ride guide available at the shop.
Riser Lake/Lewis Butte: Open with abundant wildflowers. Riser Lake with moderate elevation, combination of single track and double track. Lewis Butte is a steady climb on county road, double track and single track to stunning views and a fun, flowy descent.
Sun Mountain: Lower trails are mostly snow free and rideable. Rodeo, Yellowjacket, Black Bear and Radar Creek have wet areas. Inside Passage has water running down it. Snow patches on Aqualoop. Snow remains on upper trails. Ride from Winthrop and forget the car keys. Check out the re-routes on Magpie, Black Bear and Dave's Dive which were IMBA and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance - Methow Chapter projects. Beginner to intermediate single track trails for all ages and abilities.
Starvation Mountain/Blue Buck: Closed--snow on trail. 65 trees reported down on Blue Buck (65). Amazing 22-mile loop with a lots of climbing and descending, and great scenery.
West Fork Methow Trail: Closed due to avalanche trail damage. Unlikely to re-open this season
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* Conditions are current within a week or so. Please keep in mind that conditions change constantly and we do our best to provide the most accurate information. Enjoy!