Conditions Updated 4/16/19
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.
Elbow Coulee to Buttermilk Creek
An almost 50-mile challenging ride that takes you through Elbow Coulee, the most direct gravel connector from Winthrop to the upper Twisp River Valley. Then, ride up Buttermilk Creek for some great views on quiet gravel roads. Electric assist bikes allowed.
Mazama - Quick Gravel Ride
Early season conditions, with areas of snow, mud and water. When you want a quick ride on some quiet gravel roads, head to the Mazama store and head out this 6+ mile ride connecting some of the paths created by the winter ski trails. You can make it even easier by skipping the Doe Canyon spur. Electric assist bikes not 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.
Hart's Pass Road to Slate Peak
A challenging ride up Washington's highest maintained road gaining almost 5,500 ft in 43 miles when leaving from the Mazama Store. Be alert as this gravel road is winding, in some places only wide enough for one vehicle, and in many places bordered by a drop of many hundreds of feet unprotected by guardrails. Spectatular view at the top, the site of the Slate Peak fire lookout tower. Electric assist bikes allowed. Remember, bikes are not allowed on PCT trail.
Twisp River Valley Loop
Expect some damage due to wildfire activity. The loop starts at Elbow Coulee to Poorman Creek, climb Black Pine Lake to Buttermilk Creek and finish on Thompson Ridge. Challenging gravel loop with lots of elevation change, a mix of valley views and quiet forested riding. Electric assist bikes allowed.
Winthrop to Carlton + Beaver Creek + Balky Hill
Winthrop Valley Loop
The MCT and Wolf Creek sections are melted and rideable. Snowy on Rendezvous/Gunn Ranch portion. A challenging ride with lots of elevation gain in the first half giving you sweeping view of Mt. Gardiner and the valley, followed by quiet forested roads on the return. From the shop, take West Chewuch to Rendezvous/Gunn Ranch Rd. making for the Community Trail, then take Wolf Creek Rd Loop. Electric assist bikes allowed.
The Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance-Methow Chapter has been steadily improving the trails up at the Chickadee trailhead. Trail work parties are the second Sunday of every month. Join Us!
When I'm out riding, I always bring my camera along in the Topeak Compact Handlebar Bag for $59.95. It's quick release bracket slides easily on and off my bike, (I have a bracket for each of my bikes) and it converts to a fanny pack off the bike. It even comes with a rain cover for those times I'm caught in the elements.