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 james@methowtrails.org by Thursday July 13th.

Here is a job description with even more information.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Burch Mountain Trail Party July 22 & 23

Methow Trails and the Methow Trails Collaborative invite you to a unique 2-day trail party in which we strive to re-open the gloriously scenic, high-alpine trail that leads to Burch Mountain and the Pasyaten Wilderness.  

SATURDAY, JULY 22 AND SUNDAY JULY 23 are the weekend dates in which we would love to gather as many people as we can muster to join us in clearing the trail, doing brush work, and signing this 5.5 mile route. If you can join us for one day or two please sign up here or send Jon an email at jon@methowtrails.org and we will send you more details. Camping options will be available at the trailhead. Let's make it a full weekend party!  

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:
  • 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. 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.

If you can join us for one day or two please sign up here or send Jon an email at jon@methowtrails.org and we will send you more details.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Sunflower Photos!

WOW!  What a beautiful day it was.  Thank you everyone for participating in one of our favorite events. We hope you had a great time and congratulations to all of you on your effort! It is not an easy course!

Here are photos from Methow Trails of the last leg of the race course. Feel free to download them and use them as you wish.

Here are incredible photos for purchase courtesy of Mitchell IMAGE.

Here too are some video excerpts from today!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Trail Karma Party

Every third Thursday of the month from 8:00am to 12:00noon our Trail Manager, Jon Albright invites everyone to join us in some inspiring trail projects.

It's the trail projects we do in the summer that fill our trail karma kitty and ensure a big, snowy winter in the months ahead.

Please join us at the next trail location below and/or email Jon at jon@methowtrails.org with any questions or to be added to his email party notification list.

Thursday, June 15 

BUCK MOUNTAIN FUN!  We are working on a new gate to make rolling on through even easier! We may also have time to do some brush work. Bring the usual gloves, water, and a snack. We too will have snacks to share, more tools and big water cooler.  Give Jon a quick email if you think you can attend at jon@methowtrails.org.  Meet at the Winthrop Barn at 7:30am to carpool or the Suspension Bridge parking lot at 8:00am.

Thanks for an incredible ski season

2016-2017 was a great winter.  It was our 40th Anniversary and Mother Nature  gifted us with great snow allowing us to ski 115 days all the way until April 1st.  

Here's a recap of the season using our daily "photo of the day".  

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Sunflower Marathon Relay Team Names

It's not just the gorgeous flowers that makes us smile during the Sunflower Marathon!  The fun, creative and comical names of all the relay teams are fantastic.  Here's a list of the 2017 teams:

Bringing up the rear
The Runflowers
Twispingham Car Free!
The B Team
Lotus 2
The Dynamic Father-Daughter Duo
Getting to the Bakery First
Rogue 4
Keep it Movin'
Helianthus Hamsters
Shake Your Trail Feathers
Red Efts
Glutes of Glory
sassy sisters of SnoValley
On the Ball Fitness
Not Slesks
Ankle Biters
Goats Beard-Cascade Endurance
Law and Odor
Save Your Skin
Stink Eye
Money slide
Truck Fump
The McCrackets
Whitman Wanderers
The Galloping Gryphons
Gnarly Babes
The She-Ras
Cedar Relay
We are not that fast as we look
Wolf Pack
The Vernons
Weak Links 2
3HB's and an NM
Possums on the Podium
the small but mighty
High Heels
Core Crushers
Smarty Pints - I was told this was a drinking game...
Alicorn Rising
Hard body, soft outer shell
Dewantzi's and Friends
Unicorn wranglers
FemALE Power!
Honolulu Track Club
Newborn Bitch is on the Way
Team Kona
Spritely Sprinters
4 Tortoises and a hare
Bakery Run
Seattle Spunk
Eight Panniers
Bearded Dragons
Lost Tree
HHRG Team 1
HHRG Team 2
Weak Links 1
We Run for Fun
Older and Wiser
Blister in the Sun
Kickin Kestrels
BerkovitzRave Marvels
Molasses Crew
Tsunami of Molasses
The BosBirks
Goat Herders
The McCrickets
Los Perros Maintenance Crew
Discount Jr
Run for funners
The Parents
Flaming Unicorns
Paving the Way
Rough Runners
Cheer for the Steere!
Team Finn
Lotus 1
Team Fairchildren
This Is 40
The Gucci Beans
Straight Off The Couch
The Bitterroot Ridge Runners
Dirty Rascals
Dirty Scoundrels
EPB Lotus Power
HHRG Not doing the Marathon Again!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Doggy Dash Photos

It was another great Doggy Dash with fantastic costumes, spectacular crashes and intense competition.  Thanks to everyone who participated and spectated.  Huge thanks to our sponsors as well.  Next year will be the 16th annual running of the Doggy Dash.  We hope to see you there.

Here is a web album of more Doggy Dash photos which you are welcome to download and use as you wish.  https://goo.gl/photos/fkoT5FgaSeNN6dJJ7

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

2017 Methow Valley Pursuit Photos

Congratulations racers on a fantastic effort over the 2-day event!

Here is a link to some incredible photos from Steve Mitchell of Mitchell Image. Full resolution images are available for purchase on his website.

Gerald Smith also took some great shots that are available on his Facebook page.

Thanks for coming!  We hope to see you again next year!