mountain biking

 

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by April 14th to guarantee your ride for the festival!

 
 Photo by Tony Locati

Photo by Tony Locati

Sun Mountain Full Loop

A variety of single and doubletrack trails that include vista views of the Methow Valley and Patterson Lake, fast rolling hills, grinding climbs and screaming descents. 

Each of the trails individually can be enjoyed by all levels of mountain bikers. 

Warm up on Black Bear Trail and Yellow Jacket Trail (it's debatable which order to do these two so try it in reverse as well to decide) before making the long climb up Upper Inside Passage Trail. Then you are rewarded with a long and wonderful varied downhill Some of Patterson Lake Trail has steep hill exposure to the lake. Also, if you choose to jump over to Pete's Dragon for the descent, it can often times be washed out with loose rock and tree limbs hanging across the trail - be careful.

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 Photo by Tony Locati

Photo by Tony Locati

Black Bear Loop

Wrapping around the North West side of Sun Mountain lodge, this singletrack is probably the most traveled of them all and for a reason. Long, flowy, and with a new section towards Winthrop Trail that includes fast switch backs. Combine with Fox Loop, Yellow Jacket and Cabin Trails for a seven mile loop right from the stage area. 

More details at Mountain Bike Project

 
 Photo by Tony Locati

Photo by Tony Locati

Patterson Lake Loop

his trail overlooks Patterson Lake to the East and is part of the Sun Mountain Lodge Trail system that connects Radar Creek Trail to Cabin Trail. It's easy to intermediate only because it runs along the mid/high-bank edge of the lake. It includes a couple rolling hills, as well as a small section of rocky surface areas. Otherwise, a nice, pleasant lake view trail. Partially wooded. A nice viewpoint is located near the South Western most section of the trail, overlooking the lake and a nice place for a picnic or to take a dip.  Make it a 4 plus mile loop right from the stage area by using Rader Creek, Magpie and Cabin Trails.

More details at Mountain Bike Project

 
 Photo by Wade B Clark Jr

Photo by Wade B Clark Jr

 

beaver pond/Rodeo loop

This is a 2.7 mile relatively wide singletrack loop that leads from Chickadee TrailHead (at the parking lot entrance) to the trail junction at Hough Homestead, taking you back on Rodeo Trail. It's a very easy, flat and well groomed trail that is used for both hiking and bikes (and the occasional horse). 

More details at Mountain Bike Project

 
 Photo by Bob and Barb

Photo by Bob and Barb

Cedar Creek

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.

More details from Winthrop Mountain Sports

 
 Photo by Tony Locati

Photo by Tony Locati

Buck Mountain

 This moderate 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.

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rendezvous basin

 Photo by Tony Locati

Photo by Tony Locati

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.

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twsip river

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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.

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big valley

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. 4-6 miles. Thanks to an agreement between the Department of Fish and Wildlife and Methow Trails, no pass required for parking or riding.

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 Photo by Tony Locati

Photo by Tony Locati

methow valley community trail

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. No pass required for parking or riding. 

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