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Mazama Methow Valley WA Trails

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Hiking

  • Spokane Gulch Trail- Right out the door of the inn this trail switchbacks up the massive Goat Wall. Beautiful view of the valley as well as one of the earliest flower hikes.

  • Cedar Creek Trail- Easy trail through woods. Two miles up is Cedar Creek Falls. Seven miles beyond that you reach Abernathy Pass (gets steeper the further you go) which accesses the Twisp River trails.

  • Driveway Butte- Switch-backs though alternating meadows and trees to 6,000 ft top (trailhead 2900') with 360 degree view of valley and Cascades. South facing so great spring hike. Earliest flowers in the Upper Methow.

  • Monument Creek/Lost River- Easy hike through woods along Lost River for 4 miles to Eureka Creek. Except for the sound of the river in the Spring, serenity is the best description for this part of the hike. The trail then climbs 4600' in 5 miles to Pistol Pass (7300") then drops 2800' to Monument Creek. The mouth of the legendary Lost River Gorge can be glimpsed. The trail past Eureka Creek is rarely hiked, and not maintained, but half dozen switch backs past the creek mountain goats have been seen.

  • West Fork Methow River- The trail follows the Methow river for 6 miles then ascends to hook up with the Pacific Crest trail at 7 miles: Flowers and the sound of rushing water make this trail special.

  • Goat Peak- Two plus mile hike up to Goat Peak (and fire watch tower which is manned during summer - Lightening Bill and his dog love company. Moderate climb the first mile to mountain meadow then steep last mile to top (7000'). 360 degree view of area from one of the highest points in the valley. Eleven mile drive up logging road (good condition) to trail head. Overlook at 7 miles.

  • Robinson Pass- Trail follows Robinson Creek giving great views of high massive wooded ridges and rocky cliffs eventually ending 9 miles later at 6200 ft Robinson pass (you start at 2600 ft). You cross several creeks, over bridges, and though the Pasayten Wilderness on the way. From the Pass you can connect with several other trails including the Pacific Crest Trail.

  • Cutthroat Lake/Pass- Easy 2 mile hike to Cutthroat Lake (1,000' gain). The lake sits at the base of a large cirque. Another 3 ½ miles climbs 2,000' to Cutthroat Pass where there are great alpine views. One of the best trails to see Mountain Goats.

  • Maple Pass/Lake Ann Loop: - Spectacular 7 ½ mile loop trail starting off Hwy 20 at Rainy Pass. Starting at 4,800' its a steady climb to 5,800 Heather Pass or 6,400 Maple Pass. A side trip to Lake Ann is about 2 miles and 500' elevation gain from the trail head. Highly recommended hike.  

  • Hart's Pass- 20 miles from the Mazama Country Inn to Hart's pass. First 6 miles paved the rest is forest service road. It's in good shape. Dead Horse point is a little scary but doesn't last long and is safe. At Harts Pass vistas of the Cascades and Mt. Baker are great. This is the highest, maintained road in the State of Washington. Three more miles takes you just short of Slate Peak. A ¼ mile walk brings you to the 7,000' Slate Peak which gives you a 360 view of the Cascades and Pasayten Wilderness. The Pacific Crest Trail crosses Hart's Pass. Other trails radiate out from there also.

  • Buckskin Ridge: Starts between Hart's Pass and Slate Peak. 11.5 miles rated "more difficult" by Forest Service.

  • Windy Pass: Part of the Pacific Crest Trail it starts between Hart's Pass and Slate Peak and heads north to Canada. Trail head starts at about 6,500' and has less than 100' net gain to Windy Pass at about 4 miles. The trail continues on to the Canadian border approximately 30 miles. Starting above tree line one strolls through mountain meadows with unobstructed views of the Cascades, including views of Silver Star Glacier and Mt Baker.

  • Grasshopper Pass: Part of the Pacific Crest Trail it starts at Hart's Pass and goes south to Rainy Pass on Hwy 20. Turn left at Hart's Pass and drive toward Meadow's campground. The trail begins where the road ends. Trail head starts at 6,300'. Net elevation gain is approximately 500' but more up and down than Windy Pass. Where Windy Pass gives you wide panoramic views of the mountains, Grasshopper Pass puts you right into them. The Pass is about 5 ½ miles one way.


Mountain Biking

  • MVSTA trails- Methow Community trail stays on the valley bottom and goes from Mazama, over suspension bridge (non- motorized traffic only) over Methow River, all the way to Winthrop. Rendezvous trails are steep logging roads. These are all part of the groomed ski trail system most of which convert to Mt. Biking in the spring.

  • Methow Valley Community trail- Valley floor trail over varied terrain. Mostly flat. Goes from Mazama to Winthrop and Sun Mt. (approx 20 miles).

  • Country Inn Trail to Goat Creek cutoff- Starts at the Mazama Country Inn and crosses fields under Flag Mt. and into woods, over Cedar Creek, and loops to connect up with the Methow Valley Community Trail (approx 2.5 miles). Ups and downs through woods. Also accesses the Goat Wall route (see below) and the Rendezvous.

  • Cedar Creek- An easy hiking trail but a challenging mountain bike trail. Waterfall at 2 miles. At 7 miles the Wilderness begins and moutain biking is prohibited.

  • Sandy Butte- Steady climb, with long switch backs, up logging road to 6300 foot top. Starts at 2150 ft. Last 1,000 ft is an old cat trail. Good views on the way up as well as on top.

  • Goat Wall- Steady climb up forest service road. Some traffic as Goat Peak Trail head is this way. Good views all the way but at 7 miles there is an overlook with a great view of the valley. For the hearty Goat Peak trailhead is at 11 miles. You can make this a loop by continuing to Black Pine Basin and on to Yellowjacket then down to Lost River Rd (paved) and back, passing Mazama, to your starting point. The loop is 27 miles with 3500 elevation gain. This is a groomed snowmobile trail.