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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 Details
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      Region Status
      Caution as of Jun 21, 2020
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      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      27
      Trails Mountain Bike
      27
      Trails E-Bike
      18
      Trails Hike
      25
      Trails Trail Running
      25
      Trails Horse
      1
      Trails Dirtbike
      11
      Total Distance
      92 miles
      Total Descent
      18,523 ft
      Total Vertical
      4,611 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      6,811 ft
      Reports
      27
      Photos
      29
      Ridden Counter
      157

      Photos of Pipestone Canyon Mountain Bike

      trail: Rim Overlook
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      Jul 23, 2019 @ 1:35pm
      Jul 23, 2019
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      May 19, 2019 @ 1:29pm
      May 19, 2019
      76 |
      May 19, 2019 @ 1:29pm
      May 19, 2019
      87 |
      May 19, 2019 @ 1:29pm
      May 19, 2019

      Recent Trail Reports

      statustraildateconditionuserinfo
      Blue Buck Tr
      Jun 21, 2020 @ 11:05pm
      Jun 21, 2020
      WetBikingSwedeThe upmost section is a bit wet and...
      Lightning Creek
      Jun 21, 2020 @ 10:59pm
      Jun 21, 2020
      UnknownBikingSwedeLoose surface and rocks in place. Some...
      Full Frontal
      Jun 12, 2020 @ 11:30am
      Jun 12, 2020
      Drycschneiderclimb Lots of walking for us as the route...
      Middle Fork Beaver Creek Trail
      May 23, 2020 @ 4:43pm
      May 23, 2020
      VariableubersteinA few trees down Some mud is rutted from...
      Bear Mountain Trail
      May 23, 2020 @ 4:39pm
      May 23, 2020
      VariableubersteinA couple trees down near the top. ...
      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
      Apr 2, 2019
      Drytnbuck70

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #1852440tskperiddentrailMiddle Fork Beaver Creek Trail
      Jul 28, 2020 @ 8:04pm
      Jul 28, 2020
      user #1852440tskpewishlisttrailBear Mountain Trail
      Jul 28, 2020 @ 8:02pm
      Jul 28, 2020
      user #2297408lauraeleblancwishlisttrailLightning Creek
      Jul 16, 2020 @ 12:40pm
      Jul 16, 2020
      user #1344449seaotterpupwishlisttrailLightning Creek
      Jul 13, 2020 @ 12:24pm
      Jul 13, 2020
      user #1852440tskpeaddtrailUnknown and 1 more
      Jul 4, 2020 @ 1:24pm
      Jul 4, 2020

      Recent Comments

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      user #1605246Tgreenx2trailBear Mountain Trail!
      Jun 17, 2020 @ 9:04pm
      Jun 17, 2020
      user #2163006KriscourtztrailFull Frontal“Rode” this counter-clockwise (North to...
      May 18, 2020 @ 2:52pm
      May 18, 2020
      user #1015924RbeukematrailPipestone Rim TrailAmazing spot with gorgeous views. But a bike...
      May 12, 2020 @ 8:40pm
      May 12, 2020
      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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