Saturday, January 20, 2018

Methow Valley Pursuit Photos

Hi Racers,

Here's some photos of the start of today's skate race.  We will continue to add more photos as they come in.

You are welcome to download these photos and use them as you wish!

Some more photos from Gerry Smith

And some more great Day 2 photos from Gerry Smith

And here are some great photos from Mitchell Image for purchase.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Methow Trails Membership Meeting Dec. 11

UPDATE: The membership elected Steve Mitchell, Peter Bauer, and Laurel Canan to serve another 3 year term and elected Tracy Ross and Steve Kern to a 3 year term. Thank you all for your service to Methow Trails!

Please join us Monday, December 11 for our annual Methow Trails Membership Meeting from 6:00-7:00pm at the Winthrop Ice Rink.

This annual meeting is when Methow Trails recognizes retiring Board Members and Methow Trails Members vote in new Board Members.  Don Portman will provide a fascinating talk as well on the history of skiing in the Methow.  Everyone is invited.

5:45-6:00 Meet and Greet
6:00-6:05 Welcome from Board President
6:05-6:35 Don Portman History of Skiing in the Methow
6:35-6:45 High level Organizational Updates
6:45-7:00 Board Member Elections

For more information on this meeting and Board Member candidates contact James DeSalvo at 509-996-3287.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Riser Lake/ Lewis Butte Trail Donations

On behalf of the Methow Trails Collaborative we would like to thank these individuals who generously supported our initiative to restore the well-loved trails at Riser Lake & Lewis Butte during the Community Foundation of North Central Washington's Give Methow Campaign.   

These individuals contributed a total of $6,669.15 towards this project. The Methow Trails Collaborative will begin the work this Spring. Stay tuned for more ways in which you can help with on-the-ground trail work. 

Thanks to the financial contributions of these incredible individuals another great trail project in the Methow will happen:

Laurel Canon
Heidi de Laubenfels & Harris Clarke
Char & Ed Alkire
Winthrop KOA Campground
Bill Pope & Teresa Castner
Dean & Melissa Quigley
Rita Anderson & Kent Hitch
Janice & Peter Dickinson
Geva & Bill McAdow
Martin Straub & Diane Blake
Kari Anderson
Bear Creek Lumber
Karen Edwards & Tom Ise
Dick & Patsy Pattison
Susan Peterson
Kristen Smith & Brian Drye 
Eliot & Tina scull
Deva & Teresa Harris
Val Hecker
Natalie Kuehler
Lucinda McAllister
Mike Real 
Kurt & Susan Snover
John & Cindy Button 
Jane Gilbertsen
Anne Coghlan
Nancy Farr & Dale Sekijima
Jacquie Luke & Ken Rice
Karen Schuchardt 
Scott Waichler
Peter & Janet Bauer
Rendezvous Huts
The Barbers
Geva & Bill McAdow
Sasha and Anders
Anne & Bob Naney
Paul and Emily Sisson
Allison Fitzgerald & Bruce Hevly
Stew Dietz
Ardis Bynum
Joan Hsiao
Sarah Parrington
Linda Speck & K. Willis
David Clement & Betsy Weiss
Beaver Solutions LLC
Christi DeCuir
Belinda Denchfield
Yvonne Kuperberg
Joseph Staebler
Andrew Berns
Jayne Schrock
William Duguay 
Agnes Almquist
Kenneth Neher
Stu Saslow
Stacey Stout
Risica Caputi
Jay Lucas
Beth DiDomenico
Mary Lawrence
Kristina Paul 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Let's make another trail great again!

The Methow Valley Trails Collaborative (MVTC), in partnership with Methow Trails and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking support for one of the most accessible and beloved trails in the Methow Valley...Lewis Butte and Riser Lake!

The project would cover 8.4 miles of trail around Riser Lake and Lewis Butte with an overall improvement of the existing trail tread and design, new sustainably built trail around environmentally sensitive and damaged sections, and rehab work on old unused road scars.

The goal of the Riser Lake and Lewis Butte project is to create a sustainable, multi-use trail. Without this project sections of this trail may be closed or impassable in the near future.

This project builds on the success of our first Save-A-Trail project on Burch Mountain where over 70 individuals gave 350+ hours to restore the Burch Mountain trail.

YOU CAN HELP by financially supporting this project through the GIVE METHOW campaign.  Pitch in and join other trail lovers in improving one of the Methow Valley's beloved trails.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Cutthroat Classic Photos

It was a perfect high alpine summer day!  We could not have asked for better weather for the 19th annual Cutthroat Classic! Congratulations to all the runners who powered up and over the mountain!

Here are the photos from the top that you are welcome to download and use as you wish.

One more big shout out to our sponsors and our race support crew. We could not do it without them and you!

Thanks for another great event.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Burch Mountain Success!

You can make a difference and it was proven this weekend at the Burch Mountain Trail project!

56 people showed their love for trails and helped open an iconic high alpine wilderness trail. Well over 300 hours of labor was put into this trail. 46 people also generously donated money equal to $5045 to this project in the Methow Fund Save-A-Trail project which was used for materials.

The next time you ask yourself  "why doesn't the Forest Service open this or that trail" be reminded of Burch Mountain. Often trail projects takes way more time and money than you can imagine!

The Methow Trails Collaborative hopes to continue with this model of encouraging all organizations and individuals to join together to make a big difference on trails. Just a little bit of your time or money combined with all these other people makes the work happen quickly and easily!

An enormous thank you to these people for coming out Saturday, Sunday and for many of them, both days!

Val Hecker
Don Hecker
Ben Goether
Ian Faulds
Paul Sisson
Guylaine Lalonde
Mike Liu
Betsy Smith
Casey Smith
Laurie Dowie
Bichael Bellis
Anne Johnson
Vergeniy Belousov
Dianne Hofbeck
Joe Hofbeck
Robin Beal
Craig Root
Scott Stulka
Nicki McCullough
Doug Gresham
Bob Suntherland
Ben Nelson
Rick Johnson
Tina Devine
Michael Alexander
Gunnar Sigurdsson
Mel Cooke
Christina Wright
Andy King
John Harter
Shawn Siebel
Natiel Kuehler
Laurel Canan
Sara Jinks
Lola Jinks
Evan Canan
James DeSalvo
Tory DeSalvo
Malloch DeSalvo
Sawyer DeSalvo
Brian Drye
Jon Albright
Micheal Taylor
Kristen Smith
Eric Burr
Rick Johnson
Tina Devine
Dave Ward
Teresa Skye
Maddie Eckmann
Teresa Fish
Nick Hershman

These individuals contributed money used on this project as part of the 2016 Community Foundation of North Central Washington, Give Methow Save-A-Trail Project. $5045 was raised for this project.

Clay and Chris Patmont
Tangeman Family
Brendan & Ellie Fields
Martin Straub
Kurt & Susan Snover
Deva and Teresa Harris
Ed Rockwell
Ann Shilling
Kim and Mark Dales
Bill Davis
John and Cindy Button
Char & Ed Alkire
Julia Piasecki
Leslie Luther & Doug Sredinsky
Skip & Betsy Smith
Lucinda McAllister
Dan & Carol Runyon
Peter Bauer
Laurel Canan
Liz and Matt Walker
Cheryl Bellin & James Rauh
Allison Fitzgerald and Bruce Hevly
Don and Bonnie Stevens
Stew Dietz Catering
Brian Drye & Kristen Smith
Big Picture Construction
Dick & Patsy Pattison
Alpine Designs
Paul and Emily Sisson
Steve Oulman
Becky Studen

If you get the opportunity please go enjoy the Burch Mountain Trail.  Hikers, backpackers, equestrians, mountain bikers and trail runners will love it.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017



Methow Trails is seeking a .80FTE (4 day a week), Partnership Manager (PM) to add to our talented team.

This is an opportunity to aid Methow Trails in the mission of connecting people to the special nature of the Methow Valley and supporting community vitality through trails. The PM represents the mission, goals and values of the organization in a clear and inspiring manner to all trail users and supporters. The PM works with the Executive Director (ED) to successfully operate Methow Trails.

The primary focus of the position will be to cultivate and deepen partnerships that secure legal trail access, improve trail quality, ensure organizational funding, and deliver high impact experiences to all trail users. The ideal candidate is an active Methow Trails user and enjoys interacting with our trail community. Candidates must be willing to work weekends when necessary.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter by e-mail to by Thursday July 13th.

Here is a job description with even more information.