Snowshoe Trails & Conditions
Conditions Updated 12/30/19
Enjoy Some of the Best Snowshoeing in the Northwest
The Methow Valley is home to many snowshoe adventures and our staff can help you make a great choice, and get you set up with maps and passes. We also rent snowshoes if you or members of your party need gear. Here are a few of our favorite snowshoe adventures around the valley. Check back here for updates before you head out, as conditions vary and new trails open frequently. Been out snowshoeing? Let us know about trail conditions.
MAZAMA SNOWSHOE TRAILS
“Creek Overlook Loop”
The Creek Overlook Loop starts and finishes from the Freestone Inn parking area, 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. $5 Methow Trails snowshoe pass required, available at Methow Cycle & Sport.
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. As of now, no snowshoe pass required, available at Methow Cycle & Sport.
SUN MOUNTAIN SNOWSHOE TRAILS
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. $5 Methow Trails snowshoe pass required, available at Methow Cycle & Sport.
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. $5 Methow Trails snowshoe pass required, available at Methow Cycle & Sport.
WINTHROP SNOWSHOE TRAILS
This is a great choice for the whole family and your dog. Groomed flat trails beckon snowshoers, 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 parking or trail pass required.
Bear Creek Golf Course
Bear Creek Golf Course is offering the Methow's newest snowshoe trails. Ideal for the beginner and intermediate riders, family and mixed age and ability groups. The Clubhouse is open and offers hot soup, beer and wine, a full espresso bar and other hot beverages. $5 snowshoe pass required, available at the Golf Course.
Adjacent to Pearrygin State Park, this area features numerous 30-inch groomed trails for both snowshoes & fat bikes over rolling hills and some sustained climbs. Great views of the mountains. These trails are groomed by the Methow Fatbike crew. Discover Pass parking permit required.
Pearrygin State Park Sno-Park
The 30-inch wide groomed trails in the park are great for snowshoeing and fat biking. The trails range from flat near the lake to rolling hills and some sustained climbs. These trails are groomed by the Methow Fatbike crew. Sno-Park permit required to park at trailheads, available at Methow Cycle & Sport.
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. $5 Methow Trails snowshoe pass required, available at Methow Cycle & Sport.
“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.