The Methow Valley is home to many snowshoe adventures. For current conditions, maps and ticket information, visit MethowTrails.org. Here are a few of our favorite snowshoe adventures around the valley:
Mazama Snowshoe Trails
creek overlook loop
Starts and finishes from the Freestone Inn parking area, this loop has a moderate climb and great views of Goat Wall. Add Inn View Loop for a longer snowshoe. Trails are packed by snowshoers, so in fresh snow, it may be more challenging. No dogs allowed. Snowshoe pass required.
rendezvous Snowshoe trails
Heifer Hut, Cougar Bait & Cedar Creek Loop
This is a great choice for a longer snowshoe on groomed trails alongside skiers. Provides access to the Heifer Hut. A lollipop-shaped trail, the Cougar Bait portion is a gradual climb, then the Heifer Hut section is steep, and is followed by rolling hills and great views on the Cedar Creek section. A good one to bring your dog along. Snowshoe pass required.
Sun Mountain Snowshoe trails
A 1 km loop that's great for beginners and families with great views. Start and finish at Sun Mountain Lodge. Trails are packed by snowshoers, so in fresh snow, it may be more challenging. No dogs allowed. Snowshoe pass required.
Kraule/Black Bear/Moose Loop
A 4.6 km loop. The Kraule and Black Bear portions are rolling hills of forests and open vistas with beautiful views of the valley. followed by a climb on Moose back to the lodge. Starting and finishing at Sun Mountain Lodge. Trails are packed by snowshoers, so in fresh snow, it may be more challenging. No dogs allowed. Snowshoe pass required.
magpie/patterson lake/rader creek loop
A 6.1 km loop starting from Chickadee trailhead or Patterson Lake cabins. A beautiful rolling walk along the lake then gentle climbing up forested Rader Creek with a gradual descent back. Trails are packed by snowshoers, so in fresh snow, it may be more challenging. No dogs allowed. Snowshoe pass required.
Winthrop snowshoe trails
This is a great choice for the whole family and your dog. Groomed flat trails alongside skiers and fatbikers through meadows and to the river. Inner and outer loops allow you to choose your distance. Groomed twice a week so there may be fresh snow on trail other days. Lots of dogs. No pass required.
Adjacent to Pearrygin State Park, this area features numerous 30-inch groomed trails for both snowshoes & fatbikes over rolling hills and some sustained climbs. Great views of the mountains. These trails are groomed by volunteers from Methow Fatbike. No trail pass required. Parking permit required.
Pearrygin State Park
A 30-inch wide groomed trail for fat bikes and snowshoes. Leaves from the Winthrop Fish Hatchery parking lot or Town Trail Head. This trail can be easy to moderate depending on far out you go. The Bitterbrush loop is slightly easier than the Barnsley Loop. No dogs allowed. Snowshoe pass required.
"take me out to big valley"
Nothing makes me happier than heading out to Big Valley where I can run free while my people snowshoe, ski or fatbike behind me.