Conditions Updated 4/18/17

Sun Mountain

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

An easy 14 mile loop connecting East and West Chewuch Roads looking down at the beautiful Chewuch River. On the west side, For longer option, continue past bridge on West Chewuch Rd. Currently the road is free of snow to Camp 4. When the snow is gone, continue on Road 151 to Andrews Creek for a 50 mile roundtrip.

Washington Pass

The road up the Pass is rideable up to Cutthroat. Please note that new this year WSDOT is limiting Hwy 20 access to Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Their aim is to protect the safety of cyclists, skiers and their crews. Please respect the mid-week closure and make sure you check the NW Avalanche Center before you head up the pass on your own.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 + Carlton

Enjoy some lightly traveled side roads that parallel 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

Snow has been cleared to mile 11-12. 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

Currently, Hwy 20 Loup Loup pass is closed due to washouts and road damage. Crews working every day except Sunday, so if you're riding the road, use caution. 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. Not feeling quite up to the whole ride? Use the new Okanogan County TranGO bus service to shorten the ride.


"Watching Spring Unfold"

When things are still cool and the higher elevation rides are snowy, I take the chance to ride my road bike along the east and west county back roads from Winthrop to Carlton. These roads are off-the-beaten path rides along the Methow River and are beautiful spots to watch spring unfold. The flowers that are in bloom in Winthrop can be so different than what you see in the lower valley.

For those early season rides, I like to wear Pearl Izumi Extremity Warmers -- for the arms, knees or full legs, depending on conditions. They're a great way to layer without carrying a lot of bulk, and can be easily shed as the day or the rider warms up.