8.2 miles
Distance
2,051 ft
Climb
-429 ft
Descent
4,299 ft
High Point

Methow Trail 480 Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Global Ranking

Trail leaves the road about 1 mile west of the River Bend Campground. The trail follows the Methow River through an old 2003 burn area providing an interesting opportunity to see natural regeneration after a fire with more wild flowers, brush and wildlife. Many snags along the trail could come down in windy weather.

The trail passes through areas with avalanche slide chutes, brush and meadows for 8 miles to meet the Pacific Crest Trail. This trail serves as an alternate route to access the Pacific Crest Trail. (Note, biking on the PCT is not yet allowed).

Access Info

From Winthrop drive 15 miles west on Highway 20 to Lost River Road (county road 9140), drive 7.5 miles on Lost River Road to where paved road turns into gravel forest road . Turn right, then left at Mazama onto the Hart's Pass Road 5400. Drive 1.7 miles following the Methow River, passing Ballard Campground and staying to the left (rather than turning right on the switchback and following the main Hart’s Pass 5400 road uphill to the right) pass River Bend Campground on left and drive the rough road about 0.02 miles to the end of the road to Rattlesnake Trailhead.

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More Stats for Methow Trail 480 mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,622 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,677 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,677 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,299 ft
  • Grade
    3.751%
  • Grade max
    -26.488%
  • Grade min
    31.648%
  • Distance climb
    6.3 miles
  • Distance down
    1.6 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,637 ft
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Sep 23, 2016 @ 6:47pm
Sep 23, 2016
Methow Trail 480, Winthrop

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