trail rules for electric-assist bikes
Electric-assist bikes are a great way to enjoy the Methow Valley! In Washington state and federally, e-bikes are considered motorized vehicles. All classifcations ARE allowed on Forest Service roads, Washington Fish & Wildlife roads, and State Park roads. Class 1 pedal-assist electric bikes are allowed on the trails at Pearrygin Lake State Park. All classes of electric bikes are allowed on motorized Forest Service trails. Check the Forest Service Travel Plan for seasonal closures on some Methow Ranger District roads. E-bikes ARE NOT allowed on any trails where motorized vehicles are prohibited, including trails maintained by Methow Trails, Washington Fish & Wildlife, and the Forest Service.
Also, remember other people and drivers may not be accustomed to seeing bicycles travel the speed of an e-bike and may misjudge distances. Ride defensively and carefully. Below is a sampling of different types of trails and routes to explore the Methow on your electric-assist bike. For a full list in each category, visit our trails page. Enjoy the ride!
Conditions Updated 4/18/19
Bear Creek Rd + Pearrygin Loop
Early season conditions. Best in morning but gets muddy by afternoon. A good beginner 12-mile loop, about half pavement and half gravel, passing by Bear Creek Golf Course and Pearrygin Lake State Park. Electric assist bikes allowed.
Boulder Creek Loop
A 21.6 mile ride with 3,000 ft. up and down. Great local gravel loop. Beautiful climb on quiet Forest Service road. Wonderful views and fun decent! Electric assist bikes allowed.
Rendezvous pass to banker pass
A more challenging loop of 34 miles and 4,000 ft. up and down. Long climbs rewarded by long descents. Electric assist bikes allowed.
Winthrop to Carlton + Beaver Creek + Balky Hill
Early season conditions. Grit on roadway as well as ice possible in mornings. Best for gravel or hardtail mountain bikes at this time. An easy 14 mile loop connecting East and West Chewuch Roads looking down at the beautiful Chewuch River. Electric assist bikes allowed.
highway 20 to Washington Pass
This is a fairly strenuous climb that is well worth the effort for the outstanding views and epic descent. 61 miles roundtrip from Winthrop or 30 miles roundtrip from Mazama. Wear layers as temperature anc conditions change as elevation increases. Electric assist bikes allowed.
Twisp River Road
Early season conditions. Grit on roadway as well as ice possible in mornings. Best for gravel or hardtail mountain bikes at this time. You will encounter snow as the elevation rises. Leave from the shop in Winthrop and take East County Rd. to Twisp Leave from the shop in Winthrop and take East County Rd. to Twisp. A short jog north on Hwy. 20 takes you to the Twisp River Road. Head up the gently climbing Twisp River Road for 19 miles to pavement end past agricultural farms, open fields and forests, all with spectacular views of the Twisp River and surrounding mountains. Electric assist bikes allowed.
Tour de Okanogan
Early season conditions. Watch for ice and grit on road. 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 Okanogan County TranGO bus service to shorten the ride. Electric assist bikes allowed.
rex Derr trail
Early season conditions, with areas of snow, mud and water. 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.
Crater Creek + Foggy Dew
Drop a car at the Foggy Dew trailhead then drive to Crater Creek trailhead for a great shuttled ride. Climb up to Cooney Lake from the Crater Creek Trailhead and descending Foggy Dew - all the way to the camground - for a 5,000' joy ride! Moderate to difficult ride. Long climb (3,500'-4,500') with a hike-a-bike section into Merchant's Basin. NW Forest Pass required to park at trailhead. Electric assist bikes allowed.
bear mountain figure 8
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.
"easy does it"
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