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Conditions Updated 4/25/17


Angel's Staircase

Closed. 22 miles of out-there alpine riding, with multiple climbs and descents over the 8,000 ft. Sawtooth crest. Difficult due to length, technical sections and remoteness of trail. NW Forest Pass required to park at trailhead.


Big Valley

Trail open in the meadows. Riders will experience snow patches and standing water in some of the forested trail sections. Valley-bottom, wide, multi-use trail located between Winthrop and Mazama. Great for families, canine friends and beginner riders. Trail travels through forest, meadows and along the Methow river. 4-6 miles. Thanks to an agreement between the Department of Fish and Wildlife and Methow Trails, no pass required for parking or riding.


Bear Mountain

Closed. Combine with North Summit XC trails at Loup Loup or Middle Fork of Beaver trails for a full mountain experience. For those that like a good sweet descent after climbing--this should be on your bucket list. One of Joe's favorites! No pass required for parking or riding.


Buck Mountain

Closed. This moderate 13.5 mile loop can be pedaled the traditional route from Cub Creek Rd or the alternate route from Buck Lake. Both options involve a Forest Service road climb, long, flowy descents and great views. Combine portions of the two loops for additional miles and a double dose of the flowy descent. Whichever the choice, you'll be sure to enjoy this signature Methow Valley ride! No pass required for parking or riding.


Cedar Creek

Closed. Approximately twelve trees down across upper portion of trail. An out-and-back ride west of Mazama through a beautiful mountain valley with some difficult, technical rocky sections and short, steep climbs. Total ride distance up to 20 miles. NW Forest Pass required to park at trailhead. No pass required for riding.


Cutthroat

Closed. A great alpine out-and-back 11-mile trail with exceptional views of the North Cascades and a rippin' descent. Difficult due to sustained climbing and rocky sections between lake and pass. Trail is shared with hikers so keep your head up and ride courteously! NW Forest Pass required to park at trailhead. No pass required for riding.


Deadhorse + Aspen Lake

Some remaining snow patches & wet/muddy sctions. 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. Best riding in the Spring and Fall. Discover Pass required to park on state land.


Foggy Dew + Merchants Basin

Closed. 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! Moderate to difficult ride. NW Forest Pass required to park at trailhead.


Lightning Creek

Closed. This singletrack covers 6 miles and 2,400 feet elevation change. Combine with Middle Fork Beaver or Bear Mountain for more distance and fun! Use caution - a portion of the trail was burned in 2014 Carlton Complex fire. As a result, standing dead trees line the burned section and may fall suddenly and unexpectedly. No pass required for parking or riding.


Middle Fork Beaver Creek

Closed. Great section of trail that will put a smile on your face. If you haven't discovered this gem, you should. Usually connected with Bear Mountain trail as part of the Bear Mountain figure 8 for a longer ride. Enjoy the flow! No pass required for parking or riding.


Methow Valley Community Trail

Mostly clear & dry with a few wet spots. Ride through meadows and forests and 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. No pass required for parking or riding.


Pipestone Canyon

Rim trail section of Pipestone Canyon has been closed till mid May for protection of eagle bnesting. A few remaining snowy patches and muddy/wet spots. Best riding in the Spring and Fall. Rim and Bowen Traverse trails suffered significant erosion during recent rain events. Not currently recommended for riding. Discover Pass required to park on state lands. No pass required for riding.


Rendezvous Basin Trails

Closed. Roughly an eleven mile, forested singletrack loop that involves a rolling climb to Rendezvous Pass and a fun descent with a 'happy ending.' Start and finish on East Fawn Creek or Gunn Ranch Road. May also be shuttled to Rendezvous Pass. No pass required for parking or riding.


Riser Lake + Lewis Butte

Some remaining snow patches & wet/muddy sections. Riser Lake has 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. Best ridden in the Spring and Fall. Weedy in the summer. Discover Pass required to park on state lands.

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Sun Mountain

Lower trails open and riding well. Yellowjacket, Cabin, Black Bear, Patterson Lake, Winthrop Trails all clear and ready to ride. Some remaining snow patches & wet/muddy sections. Ride from Winthrop and forget the car keys or park at the Chickadee trailhead. Multiple loops and distances available for beginner and moderate riders. Check out the new, flowy trail improvements on Magpie, Black Bear, Pete's Dragon, Woodpecker and Dave's Dive. Thanks to IMBA and the Methow Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance Chapter for bringing more fun singletrack to Sun Mountain! No parking pass required for parking or riding.


Starvation Mountain Loop

Closed. An excellent full-day 29 mile ride in the Methow Valley. High elevations make for a retreat from the valley floor. The road takes you up to the top of the first peak, after that the trail is singletrack, much of it exposed sidehill. The majority of singletrack is downhill, making for an incredible 3.5 hour descent. Lightning Creek trail also open. No parking pass required for parking or riding.


Twisp River Trail

Open to about mile 11-12. Some remaining snow patches & wet/muddy sections. Forested trail that gradually climbs up valley next to river. Ride out-and-back on trail or ride up Twisp River Road and down the trail. Nice and cool on hot, summer days! 14 miles one way. NW Forest Pass required to park at campgrounds. No pass required to park at Sno-Park, Slate Lake trail head. No pass required for riding.


West Fork Methow Trail

Closed. Thanks to the good work of a forest service crew, this trail is finally clear to the bridge at Trout Creek.


 

"diggin' spring"

One of the earliest and best rides to do in Spring is the Pipestone Canyon Loop that hooks up Lester Road and Balky Hill Road. You can ride from town, enjoy the interesting rock formations and flowers in the canyon before the snakes come out of hibernation. Even though the rim trail is unrideable due to slides, the unique geology of the canyon makes for a great ride.

My go-to product in Spring when things are still wet is the Muckynutz Butt Fender for $11.99. It's a quick and easy way to add a lightweight fender when you want to avoid that dirty strip up your back and it's no hassle to remove when it's dry.