Conditions Updated 11/24/16
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.
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.
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
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. 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.