Biking

Mountain Biking  |  Road Biking

Mountain Biking

MVP--family-rides2.jpgWhen snow makes way for wildflowers in spring, mountain bikers flock to the Methow to enjoy hundreds of miles of well maintained, easy to access single track and scenic Forest Service roads.  Winthrop is the base-camp for every type of ride imaginable.  From gentle family-friendly rides, paralleling the Methow River along the Methow Community Trail, to technical, high alpine single-track, the terrain is endless. The locals will tell you that there is a progression of rides that open up as the snow melts off and higher trails become accessible. Consider hitting a few of these classic rides:

The Methow Valley has a series of mountain bike maps that cover even more riding options.  Trail maps are available for purchase at the sporting good stores in Winthrop and are highly recommended.  You can also pick up a free mountain bike informational card at many local businesses. 

Spring Rides

biking2.jpgPipestone Canyon (Moderate & Advanced)

Pipestone Canyon is a popular destination early in the season (or in the fall!) before other higher elevation rides have thawed out. The ride can be done as a loop of dirt roads or as a loop including single-track along the rim of the canyon.
Singletrack Loop: 14 miles, Dirt Road Loop: 16 miles
Difficulty Level: Singletrack Loop: Advanced, Singletrack & Dirt Road: Moderate  

 

Summer Rides

biking3.jpgSun Mountain Trails (All levels)

This is not a specific loop or route but rather a system of trails that can be linked together to provide just the length and difficulty of ride desired. There are Forest Service Roads, single track, and double track. Wooded sections and wide-open hillsides provide a variety of scenic options. Patterson Lake can provide welcome relief on a hot summer day. The Sun Mountain Trails are an excellent place to spend an hour or a day of riding.

Buck Mountain Buck Mountain (Moderate)

This is the Methow Valley's signature ride.  Fun, fast flowy trails through wildflowers, forest areas and open mountain-top vistas. There are 2 main trailheads to access the Buck Mountain trails with a variety of loop options to enjoy. 
Singletrack Loop: 14 miles-16 miles 
Difficulty Level: Moderate
 

Fall Rides

biking5.jpgCutthroat Pass (Advanced)

This 12 mile round-trip ride is all on single-track in a stunning alpine setting. The trail between the trailhead and the lake is popular with hikers so ride in control. The ride is an out and back, gaining 2300ft. Because of hikers, this is a good ride to do midweek or late in the day.
Singletrack Loop: 12 miles
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Advanced 

 biking4.jpgAngel’s Staircase (Advanced)

This is THE Methow Valley Ride for the serious mountain biker. It requires fitness and an adaptive attitude. The loop reaches altitudes of 8000 feet, so being prepared for varying weather anytime of the year is necessary. This is an all single-track ride that takes a full day, and technical riding experience.
Distance: 25 miles
Difficulty Level: Advanced
Elevation Gain: 5000 feet


Road Biking

MVP-garyjimcycle.jpgMethow Valley road cycling is just as epic as the mountain biking. From the town of Winthrop, road riders can experience a new ride every day of the week without ever having to get in a car.  Few regions in the nation can claim such a perfect combination of stunning scenery and practically empty pavement.  Here are a few favorites:


biking6.jpgWashington Pass

Strenuous (60 miles round trip from Winthrop, 30 miles round trip from Mazama) (4 -5 hours)

A fairly strenuous climb that is well worth the effort for the outstanding views and epic descent! This is the defining ride of the valley.  Follow the rolling ride up Hyw 20 to Mazama and consider fueling up on baked goods and a cold drink before starting up the Pass. The climbing starts at about mile 15 and is fairly relentless the whole way to the top. Take plenty of water, food and some layers of clothing. While it can be really warm in the valley, the summit of the Pass can be pretty frigid- especially if the wind is blowing! To shorten the ride, start at Mazama or the Freestone Inn.
Distance: 60 miles
Difficulty Level: Advanced

 

biking7b.jpgSun Mountain

Strenuous Climbing (18 miles) (1.5 hours)

A quick jaunt from town on Twin Lakes Road will take you to the turn-off to the famous Sun Mountain Lodge. From there it is about 7 miles up two fairly steep but not too long climbs to the summit at the lodge. On the way, pass by Patterson Lake and take in the fields of Balsamroot flowers in the spring on Patterson Mountain. The best easily accessible views of the valley are to be found at the Lodge (as well as snacks and fine dining). Turn around for a fast spin back to town. 
Distance: 18 miles
Difficulty Level: Advanced

Chewuch Loop

Easy (14 miles) (45 minutes to an hour)

An easy loop ride, on quiet roads of undulating terrain. The route takes you up West Chewuch Road and then back on East Chewuch Road (can be reversed). For the ambitious, the route can be easily added to by continuing up the Chewuch Road to Andrews Creek (actually about 24 miles from Winthrop) which is a gradual climb. Or for those for whom no ride is complete without some suffering, add Boulder Creek Road which offers moderate climbing, or Falls Creek (the local Alp D'Huez) which is very steep at the start, followed by 8 miles or so of constant climbing.
Distance: 14 miles
Difficulty Level: Easy to Strenous 

 

Mazama

Easy (30 miles roundtrip) (1.5 hours)

A gradual, undulating ride up the Methow Valley on Hwy 20 (busier than some of the side roads, but with a good shoulder and visibility).  Ride West on Hwy 20 for 9 mi, and turn right on Goat Creek Road for a slightly hillier but more scenic  ride the last 6 mi to Mazama. 
Distance: 30 miles
Difficulty Level: Easy

Many, many more great road cycling options exist. Pick up a free road cycling informational card at most Methow Valley businesses and well as a free Methow Valley summer map.  



Phone: 509-996-3645
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Address: 29 State Route 20
Winthrop, WA 98862

Methow Cycle and Sport, LLC

Methow Cycle & Sport is the premier full service bicycle and ski shop located in in the heart of the Methow Valley. Our shop is just 1/4 mile west of the four-way stop in Winthrop. We are proud to offer the best products, service and knowledge for a wide range of cyclist and skiers. We also have the best rental fleet in the Valley and can assist you with finding just the right gear.

Phone: 509-996-3287
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Address: PO Box 147
Winthrop, WA 98862

Methow Trails

Methow Trails maintains and operates the Nation's largest cross-country ski area. The Methow Valley trail system includes over 120 miles of cross country ski trails in the winter months, and is recognized as one of the finest trail systems in North America for nordic skiing, mountain biking, trail running, horseback riding and hiking. Methow Trails is a non-profit organization with the mission of connecting users to the special nature of the Methow Valley and support community vitality.

Phone: 509-996-2211
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Address: Patterson Lake Rd, 9 miles SW of Winthrop
Winthrop, WA 98862

Sun Mountain Lodge

Perched on a mountaintop overlooking Winthrop, Sun Mountain Lodge has 112 guestrooms with a variety of room types: cozy cabins on a private beach at Patterson Lake, standard guestrooms in the main Lodge and luxury accommodations featuring private patios and jetted tubs. Other amenities include a full service activities shop, year-round gear rentals, two restaurants including the AAA-four diamond dining room and casual Wolf Creek Bar and Grill, full service spa and a 5,000 bottle wine collection. 60 kilometers of trails right from your door! Activties include: horseback riding, mtn biking, pool, tennis, fishing, boating, hot tubs, XC skiing. Recently honored by Fodor’s Travel as one of the Top 100 hotels in the world.

Phone: 509 996-2886
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Address: 257 Riverside Ave
Winthrop, WA 98862

Winthrop Mountain Sports

Quality outdoor clothing and gear. Cross- country ski and backcountry ski sales and rentals. Expert trail running gear and advice. Year-round sales loft!