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Mountain Trails & Conditions

Happy Summer!

It's been a great season of mountain biking and the higher elevation trails are opening up. We can't wait to ride Cutthroat, Cooney Lake and Angel's Staircase. At Sun Mountain, we anticipate that Thompson Ridge, Upper Climb Change and the southern portion of Woodpecker will open up mid-August. Thanks to the USFS Methow Ranger District and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance - Methow Chapter for all the rehabilitation work after last year's Cedar Creek Fire.  

Enjoy Some of the Best Mountain Biking in the EASTERN WASHINGTON!

At Methow Cycle & Sport, we want to extend our service beyond the shop by making sure you’re going on the best rides possible. We strive to provide the most up-to-date conditions so you know what to expect when heading out on the roads and trails. Be sure to check here before you go ride, and let us know how it was when you get back!

Angel's Staircase

CURRENT CONDITIONS: Trail is cut and only a few snow patches remain. Miles of alpine singletrack, breathtaking views, 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. E-bikes not allowed between Cooney Lake and Summit trails.

Difficult
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Bear Mountain figure 8

CURRENT CONDITIONS: This ride is a a great sampler of the riding available in the Loup Loup and Beaver Creek area. It uses forest service road climbs to combine the great Bear Mountain Trail - #442 and Middle Fork Beaver Creek Trail - #406 descents. One of Joe's favorites! No pass required for parking or riding. Electric assist bikes allowed through September 30.

Moderate
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Big Valley

CURRENT CONDITIONS: Outer loop closed for nesting Sandhill Cranes. Please do not disturb. Dogs must leashed through July 31. 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. Shallow, running water over small sections of outer loop trail. 4-6 miles. Thanks to an agreement between the Department of Fish and Wildlife and Methow Trails, no pass required for parking or riding. Electric assist bikes not allowed.

Easy
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Buck Mountain

CURRENT CONDITIONS: Open and riding great. Cows are grazing in the area. This 14.5 mile loop can be pedaled the traditional route from Cub Creek Rd or the alternate route from Buck Lake. Both options offer long, flowy descents and great views. Ride the new Buck Up Track from Cub Creek, or climb a Forest Service road from Buck Lake. 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. Electric assist bikes not allowed.

Moderate
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Cedar Creek

CURRENT CONDITIONS: Closed due to fire damage. 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. Electric assist bikes not allowed.

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Crater Creek + Foggy Dew

CURRENT CONDITIONS: A great point-to-point ride with a rolling climb to Cooney Lake and a long descent down Martin Creek and Foggy Dew trails to the Foggy Dew Campground. Best done with two vehicles and a shuttle between the Crater Lake Trailhead and Foggy Dew Campground. NW Forest Pass required to park at trailhead. Electric assist bikes allowed.

Difficult
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Cutthroat

CURRENT CONDITIONS: Snow persists on the last 1/2 mile . 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! Remember, no bikes allowed on the PCT, so when you get to that intersection at the pass, turn back around. NW Forest Pass required to park at trailhead. No pass required for riding. Electric assist bikes not allowed.

Difficult
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Deadhorse + Aspen Lake

CURRENT CONDITIONS: Open. 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. Electric assist bikes not allowed.

Moderate
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Lightning Creek

CURRENT CONDITIONS: Open. 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. Currently a handful of downed trees on the trail. No pass required for parking or riding. Electric assist bikes not allowed.

Moderate
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Methow Valley Community Trail

CURRENT CONDITIONS: Wet and muddy sections. 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. Note that the Community Trail is not open from the Brown's Farm Trailhead south to Winthrop in the summer months. No pass required for parking or riding. Electric assist bikes not allowed.

Easy
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Middle Fork Beaver Creek

CURRENT CONDITIONS: Open! 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. Electric assist bikes allowed.

Moderate
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Pipestone Canyon

CURRENT CONDITIONS: Open! Pipestone Rim trail has several significant areas of erosion requiring pushing your bike through those areas. A great spring and autumn ride. In the summer months, grasses get tall and rattlesnakes are often out. Recommended for adventurous riders only! Discover Pass required to park on state lands. No pass required for riding. Electric assist bikes not allowed.

Moderate
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Rendezvous Basin Trails

CURRENT CONDITIONS: East Fawn Creek Rd closed due to washout. Access trail from Gunn Ranch Rd. 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. Electric assist bikes not allowed.

Moderate
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Rex Derr

CURRENT CONDITIONS: Great! Enjoy something for everyone at Pearrygin Lake State Park. Beginner to intermediate rolling hills on single and double track trails with beautiful lake and mountain vistas. Start at the Lake Creek trailhead or other multiple access points and create your own ride. Do a loop or out-n-back, add the Bear Creek Road, make it long, make it short, it's all up to you. Electric assist bikes allowed.

Moderate
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Riser Lake + Lewis Butte

CURRENT CONDITIONS: Great! Ride responsibly and keep single track single. Please do not ride around muddy and wet sections. Riser Lake has moderate elevation, combination of single track and double track. Best ridden clockwise. Lewis Butte is a recently rebuilt singletrack loop involving a moderate climb to the Butte and a fun, flowy descent back to the trailhead. Best ridden counter-clockwise. Best ridden in the Spring and Fall. Weedy in the summer. Discover Pass required to park on state lands. Electric assist bikes not allowed.

Easy
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Sun Mountain

CURRENT CONDITIONS: Upper Climb It Change, Thompson Ridge, the southern segment of Woodpecker and Aqua Loop closed due to fire damage. Multiple loops and distances available for beginner through advanced riders. Check out the new trails Coal Creek, More Cow Bells and Ain't Never Nothing for some great climbing and descending. Wild Turkey and Ain't Never Nothing are great descending trails packed with features for the advanced riders. Thanks to Methow Trails and the Methow Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance Chapter for bringing more fun singletrack to Sun Mountain! No parking pass required for parking or riding. Electric assist bikes not allowed.

Moderate
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Twisp River Trail

CURRENT CONDITIONS: Open and partially cleared/brushed; creeks are high. 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. Electric assist bikes not allowed.

Moderate
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Starvation Mountain Loop

CURRENT CONDITIONS: Open. Blue Buck is brushy in areas. An adventuresome full-day 25 mile ride in the Methow Valley. High elevations make for a retreat from the valley floor. Climb Lightning Creek to 4235 rd. The road takes you up to the top of Starvation, followed by rolling double-track to Blue Buck. Blue Buck gradually descends back to Lightning Creek on narrow singletrack with exposure. No parking pass required for parking or riding. Electric assist bikes allowed.

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