Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Annual Methow Trails Membership Meeting December 8


Please join us Thursday, December 8 at 6:00pm at the Winthrop Ice Rink for the annual Methow Trails membership meeting and kick off to our 40th ski season! This meeting is held annually and is open to the public. It's a great opportunity to ask questions of the Methow Trails board members and hear about updates to our non-profit organization. We will share exciting information about all we have planned for our celebratory 40th season! Methow Trails members are also invited to cast a ballot for new Board Members at this time.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Free Skiing on Black Friday November 25


Methow Trails invites you to spend some time outside with us on Friday, November 25 as we offer free skiing, free snowshoeing and free fat bike trail access to all adults. Remember Kids 17 and under ski free everyday!

Enjoy some quality time outside with friends and family over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. This weekend is also Winthrop's annual Christmas at the End of the Road celebration, complete with a fantastic fireworks display.  More information on the festival at winthropwashington.com.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Help us open an incredible high alpine trail



In honor of our 40th Anniversary, Methow Trails is excited to launch our 
"SAVE A TRAIL" campaign!  

"Save a Trail" recognizes that in order to continue to enjoy trails that we all hold so dear, everyone needs to band together and get involved. 

With this year's Give Methow campaign, Methow Trails encourages people to join us in re-opening a magnificent high alpine trail in the Methow Valley. The Burch Mountain trail has been closed since the 2014 fire. With your help, and the commitment of other local, partner trail organizations in the Methow, we will assist the Forest Service in re-opening this 5.5 mile, incredibly scenic trail to hikers, trail runners, mountain bikers and equestrians.  

If you've never been on this trail here are just a few reasons why you would love to be involved by giving today!
  • Views, Views, and more views. This is a high alpine trail with views that rival Maple Pass, Cutthroat, Blue Lake, Easy Pass and Angels Staircase to name a few. 
  • This trail (FS#518) provides one of the easiest access points to the Pasayten Wilderness. In just 5.5 miles you reach the Wilderness boundary with access to 831 square miles of wilderness. 
  • This trail is open to all non-motorized trail uses, hiking, mountain biking, trail running and horseback riding. 
  • The high point of the trail at Burch Mountain is 7,782 feet. (1000 feet higher than Cutthroat Pass). 
  • The high altitude of both the trailhead and the summit make it a great choice on a hot summer day. 
  • The trailhead is exactly 20 miles from Winthrop on a paved forest service road the whole way. 
  • No parking pass is required at the trailhead. 

Please join us. Trail efforts cost money. This trail will require significant chainsaw work, tread work, and new signage.

How much would you pay for an incredible trail experience? $10? $25? $100? When this trail is once again open, the Methow Valley will have another signature, high alpine wonder to delight every trail user! Without your help this trail will likely remained closed.




Saturday, May 7, 2016

Sunflower Photos

What a glorious day to run through miles and miles of wildflowers!  Thank you everyone for coming out.  We hope you had a great time.   Below is one album of photos you are welcome to download and use as you wish.

Photos from Mitchell Image are available here.

Here is a album with some photos of the start and the suspension bridge.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Trail Party Every 3rd Thursday 8am -12noon


Ready to do more for the trails you love?  

Here's a fun opportunity every third Thursday of the Month when Jon leads our community in a trailwork party.  Join us for just a couple of hours a month to enhance the trails.  We will post here and on Facebook the meeting location for each event. Fill a pack with water, snacks and gloves. Meet us at the designated trailhead at 8:00am and get introduced to some new friends. We will spend the morning together enhancing trails until no longer than 12:00 noon. You can also contact Jon at jon@methowtrails.org to find out more information.

We would love to see you there you there!

Thursday, April 21- THANK YOU! 12 people put in 48 hours of trail work in just 4 hours making a ski trail in Mazama that much greater and helping us dismantle some old bridges!

Thursday, May 19-  Trail work on the Rendezvous trails.  Work will include pruning and removing of trees on the road bed and in the ditch on either side. We won’t need tread tools but would be interested in you bringing pole saws or loppers .  We have a full quiver of tools that we’ll bring as well and should be able to keep a large group busy.  Let’s meet at the Barn to carpool around 7:30 or meet at Cub Creek Trailhead around 8.  Bring the usual water, snack, boots, long sleeves and pants, and sunscreen etc.  Please email Jon@methowtrails.org if you can join us!  

Thursday, June 16-
Please join us for a Sun Mountain focused trail work session on Bridges this next Thursday, June 16th.  At this point we plan to tear out the Upper Fox Bridge, repair the small bridge near the Patterson Lake Cabins on the Cabin trail and improve the approaches to the lower Fox bridge.  There will also be some brushing as well as other merriment.  We will  meet at the barn to carpool at 7:30am and at the cabins parking lot at 8:00am (if you would like to drive separately).  Bring along a pair of gloves, water, a snack, sunscreen and any tools you are dying to use.  We’ll work from 8am-12noon. 

Thursday, July 21-
Please join us for some trailwork on the popular Patterson Lake trail at Sun Mountain.  Cascade will lead us in some rock work as well as some enhanced tread work and brush cutting.  We will meet at the Winthrop Barn to carpool at 7:30am and at the Patterson Lake Cabin parking lot just before 8:00am. Bring a pair of gloves, water, as snack, sunscreen and any tools you would like to us. Methow Trails will also supply tools.  We will work from 8:00am - 12:00noon.

Thursday, August 18
We’re excited to enhance the Winthrop Trail from the bottom of the trail through Powers Plunge.  We will work on brushing, and organizing some brush for a chipper we will rent in October as well as stacking some four foot logs, this is more of the work to improve winter sections that get snow starved and dirty from thick tree cover.  We may also have some gravel to spread in a section that collects water.  Bring the usual water, snack, gloves and a hand saw if you have one you like.  We could also use a few iron rakes.  I’ll try to have most of the chainsawing work done so that we can avoid the noise and hazard of working around that.
Lets meet at TT at 7 am on Thursday, we’ll be done by 11 at the latest.  We’ll do our best to fill up that parking area, if we need overflow we can park across the road on the trail past the Eagle Pine Chalet.  Thanks in advance for the help, I look forward to seeing you. 

Thursday, September 15
NEW TRAIL bulding!  The best kind of party.  We will be joining forces with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance on a new trail that will give us a great single track option skirting the Hough Homestead taking you all the way to the start of Black Bear.  The trail is marked with pin flags and partially built and if we have a good turnout we should be able to mostly finish it.  Bring your bikes you may want to ride this to test out your handy work. Bring the usual water, a snack more healthy than doughnuts, and likely long pants and boots.  Also bring any tread tools you have access to including iron rakes, McCloud’s and trail hoes. We will meet at the Chickadee Trailhead at 8:00am and work until 12:00pm. (or as long as you are able to stay!) 

Thursday, October 20 : CANCELLED -  We will try to reschedule - Stay tuned.  
This month we have an incredible opportunity to work on a BRAND NEW TRAIL. We are teaming up to assist the Pearrygin Lake State Park staff on completing the much anticipated Rex Derr trail that will add 6 miles of trail all the way around the lake!  Meet at the State Park main (East) entrance just before our 8:00am start. As you drive in the park past the entrance booth turn right into the large shop complex. We will work until 12:00 noon or as long as you are able to stay.  This new trail is stunningly beautiful.  Bring any rakes or tread tools you may have. Also bring water bottle, gloves, and some snacks.  This trail is a great addition to our valley!  Hope you can join us.






Meet our new Trails Technician: Cascade Hahn


Methow Trails is excited to announce that Cascade (Cass) Hahn has been hired as our new Trails Technician. Cass brings 13 years of experience building trails, bridges, and structures for North Cascades National Park. He is also lead historic preservation projects all over the Northwest with a specialty in log construction. He brings additional experience in grooming ski trails in Tahoe, Schweitzer, and Loup Loup Ski Bowl. In addition, Cass has worked for the US Forest Service building trail in Wyoming, Utah, and for the Methow Valley Ranger District. 

As Trails Technician, Cass' primary focus will be to help develop and maintain summer trails in the Methow Valley as well as refine our winter amenities. You are sure to see him in the coming months on the trails.