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      Ride through a stunning canyon and back along a high ridgeline in the high desert of Washington's Okanogan Region. Catch uninterrupted views of the sawtooth North Cascades Range and the Methow Valley as well as abundant wildlife and wildflowers.

      The Methow Valley in north-central Washington is magical for myriad reasons—the dry powder and bluebird days of winter, the hot high-desert days of summer, stunning views of the North Cascades Mountains to the west; the list goes on and on. Adding to its mystique is the little-known Pipestone Canyon, carved out the hills north of the town of Winthrop.

      The trailhead sits just past a wide-open area commonly used as a hunting camp during deer and elk season alongside Lake Campbell. The trail beelines into the canyon through a large section of burned-out Ponderosa Pines, while hoodoo-like columns (the namesake “pipestones”) ornament the canyon walls overhead like castle ramparts. After a good rain, this trail gets extremely muddy and, as it’s often very overgrown, the wetness from the brush will soak your legs through pretty quickly.

      After the first mile, the forest thins out and the trail opens into a broad grassy meadow, hemmed in by rotten rock rising up on the hillsides to both sides. Watch out for Rattlesnakes among the log piles and rock outcroppings throughout the entire hike. Rusting, abandoned farming equipment can be found scattered along the trail throughout the valley, which continues to open up ahead. Shortly before reaching a cattle fence around three miles in, a narrow booth path rises up to the left of the main trail, beginning a wide loop up through the hills to the east of the main canyon, then cutting back north, climbing towards the upper canyon rim.

      From the top of the rim, sweeping vistas emerge including much of the North Cascades Range and its dramatic, jagged peaks, and the fertile Methow Valley sprawling to the southeast. Golden Eagles nest in the canyon walls and can often be seen circling the valley on thermals while the occasional coyote may be spotted loping along in search of food to scavenge.

      The rim portion of the trail hugs the cliff edge rather closely, allowing for pretty impressive views of the pipestones from up close. This section of trail is completely wide-open as well, meaning the vistas are endless. Eventually the trail drops down towards Lake Campbell but unfortunately there’s no good crossing through the marshy basin. Continue along until it meets the road back at the hunter’s camp and backtrack about a mile to your car at the trailhead.

      Be sure to hit up Old Schoolhouse Brewery once back in town for tasty nachos and one of their award-winning craft beers.
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      Region Status
      Caution as of Jul 23, 2019 ago

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Global Ranking
      #4,036
      State Ranking
      #98
      Trails (view details)
      9
      Trails Mountain Bike
      9
      Trails Hike
      8
      Trails Trail Running
      8
      Total Distance
      18 miles
      Total Descent
      7,071 ft
      Total Vertical
      2,818 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      5,095 ft
      Reports
      20
      Photos
      26
      Ridden Counter
      81

      Recent Ridelog Activity in Region

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      Photos of Pipestone Canyon Mountain Bike

      trail: Rim Overlook
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      Jul 23, 2019 @ 1:35pm
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      May 19, 2019 @ 1:29pm
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      May 19, 2019 @ 1:29pm
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      Recent Trail Reports

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      Bear Mountain Trail
      Jun 27, 2019 @ 9:18am
      Jun 27, 2019
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      Middle Fork Beaver Creek Trail
      Jun 27, 2019 @ 9:18am
      Jun 27, 2019
      Variablepadrefan1982a couple of lower sections have serious...
      Full Frontal
      May 26, 2019 @ 4:27pm
      May 26, 2019
      WetSpcarroll921
      Golden Eagle
      May 24, 2019 @ 5:47pm
      May 24, 2019
      DryFogeyStogeyMajor washout just before the Pipestone...
      Pipestone Rim Trail
      May 24, 2019 @ 10:54am
      May 24, 2019
      DryFogeyStogeyNot much has changed since the 2017...
      Bowen Traverse
      Apr 2, 2019 @ 6:51pm
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      Activity Feed

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      user #1228419alexackerleycommenttrailPipestone Rim Trail
      Sep 28, 2019 @ 8:55pm
      Sep 28, 2019
      user #1894623509mtbMVriddentrailPipestone Canyon Valley Trail
      Sep 10, 2019 @ 10:30pm
      Sep 10, 2019
      user #1285955GoodShotJanssenwishlisttrailBear Mountain Trail
      Sep 8, 2019 @ 6:45pm
      Sep 8, 2019
      user #928843Tlocatiaddphoto in Redmond, Washington, United States
      Jul 23, 2019 @ 1:35pm
      Jul 23, 2019
      user #928843TlocatiriddentrailPipestone Rim Trail and 1 more
      Jul 18, 2019 @ 9:56am
      Jul 18, 2019

      Recent Comments

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      user #1228419alexackerleytrailPipestone Rim TrailLeave your dog at home. I nearly had a...
      Sep 28, 2019 @ 8:55pm
      Sep 28, 2019
      user #1182454rtheinz57trailPipestone Rim TrailToday was my first time riding Pipestone....
      May 12, 2019 @ 4:56pm
      May 12, 2019

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