Mountain Trails & Conditions
Conditions Updated 11/27/19
Enjoy Some of the Best Mountain Biking in the Northwest
At Methow Cycle & Sport, we're committed to providing you with the best information on all things cycling, including bike products and services in our shop as well as trail conditions to help you get out and ride in the Methow Valley. Check back here for updates before you head out, as riding conditions vary and new trails open frequently. Been out riding? Let us know about trail conditions.
Current Conditions: Closed due to recent snow snow at about 5,500 ft. Enjoy the changing larch! 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 bikes not allowed between Cooney Lake and Summit trails
Current Conditions: Snow-covered, fatbikes recommended. 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.
Bear Mountain figure 8
Current Conditions: Recent moisture has the trails running very well but riders may encounter snow. 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.
This 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. Electric assist bikes not allowed.
Current Conditions: Recently cleared to Abernathy Pass. Recent precipitation in the form of snow above 4,000 ft. 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.
Current conditions: Trail is snow-covered. Trail above Cutthroat Lake may not be rideable. 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.
Deadhorse + Aspen Lake
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.
Crater Creek + Foggy Dew
Closed due to recent snow snow at about 5,500 ft. Moderate to difficult ride with a long climb (3,500'-4,500'). NW Forest Pass required to park at trailhead. Electric assist bikes allowed.
Current Conditions: Upper portion of trail has been brushed and cleared above the 4230 road. Below 4230, trail has been cleared. Be aware of downed trees as this area burned recently. A significant washout prevents accessing the trailhead by vehicle so best to park just north of 4225 road. 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.
Middle Fork Beaver Creek
Current Conditions: Trail has been cleared and recent moisture ensures the dirt is running well. 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.
Methow Valley Community Trail
Current Conditions: Snow-covered, fatbikes recommended. 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.
Pipestone Canyon & Bowen Mountain
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.
Rendezvous Basin Trails
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.
NOTE: Rex Derr will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 19th for winter trail prep work. 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.
Riser Lake + Lewis Butte
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.
Ride from Winthrop and forget the car keys or park at the Chickadee trailhead. Multiple loops and distances available for beginner through advanced riders. The new Thompson Ridge Trail is complete, adding over 12 miles of fun, flowy singletrack to the network. Check out the trail improvements on Magpie, Black Bear, Pete's Dragon, Woodpecker and Dave's Dive as well. Skip riding up the road by checking out Climb-It Change with singletrack climbing access to Thompson Pass. Wild Turkey is a great descending trail packed with advanced 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.
Starvation Mountain Loop
Current Conditions: Closed due to snow about 5,500 ft. An adventursome 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.
Twisp River Trail
Beware of downed trees and damaged tread as a result of the fire last year. 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.
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