13.1 miles
2,183 ft
-2,082 ft
4,251 ft
High Point

This loop can be pedaled the traditional route from Cub Creek Rd or the alternate route from Buck Lake. Both options offer long, flowy descents and great views. Combine portions of the two loops for additional miles and a double dose of the flowy descent. . Whichever the choice, you'll be sure to enjoy this signature Methow Valley ride No pass required for parking or riding.

Detailed Description
Buck Mountain Loop is a 13 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Winthrop Washington. This mountain bike primary route and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 3 trails. This route climbs 2,183 ft with a max elevation of 4,251 ft then descends -2,082 ft.
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12 Reviews & Comments

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SakoHirata267 (Aug 1, 2022 at 9:05)
There’s a fun little single track to the east/riders left of the road.
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AlexPg1sBk (Jun 13, 2022 at 7:16)
A great flowy cross country trail. A gravel bike or a low travel mountain bike is all you need. Anything else is extreme overkill. Definitely a green trail nothing on this trail merits a blue rating
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valko206 (Jun 24, 2021 at 14:01)
Great grade and meandering climb! I’ll be back for the wild flowers next season.
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dianay TRAILFORKS (May 30, 2021 at 22:05)
I can’t believe how great this climbing trail is! So much joy - gorgeous scenery, beautiful flora, and an even, manageable, consistent grade the entire way. Just wonderful climbing.
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Cml214 (May 28, 2021 at 14:29)
Road well with a gravel bike on 650B x47 tires.
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Agill47 (May 24, 2021 at 22:16)
Really gorgeous ride with lots of little 'just around the bend moments when the scenery surprises you again. Plenty of uphill bit not a technical route. More of a "hiking on your bike" type ride. I loved it!
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Agill47 (May 24, 2021 at 22:10)
This was awesome!! Great variety for a moderate ride.
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erica110 (Sep 29, 2020 at 8:52)
Trails were in great shape. Used the service road for the climb up. Watch out for cows! Several had escaped the fencing and surprised us on the trail. They easily moved along, but a couple had calves with them and were more suspicious. I’m a new mountain biker and found the terrain easy to navigate (non-technical), and the views absolutely stunning. This is a pretty long ride though, with a lot more climbing than I’d prefer as a beginner. If you like to climb it’s a great XC trail. If you don’t I think a drop off at the top of the forest road would be possible.
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qRRKYo (Aug 31, 2020 at 21:47)
The part of the trail that isn’t on the road is flowy and fun, and quite easy/nontechnical. I did see a mountain lion on the trail, it walked away when it saw me but clearly this is their territory.
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sachou (Jul 13, 2018 at 20:51)
Definitely a cross-country ride. Lots of ups and downs. Nothing technical, no big berms or any jumps or features. Beautiful wide open ridge ride at the top. About 1/3 of the trail is gravel road, so that part is kind of boring.
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MicahBrunner (Apr 25, 2018 at 16:22)
Give this trail a few more weeks. Still quite a bit of snow in the shaded areas.
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sidecut (Jul 6, 2016 at 0:24)
This is a ridiculously good ride. So much stunning singletrack, fast and flowy descents, and scenery that just keeps getting better and better. Highly recommended, but take lots of water on a hot day.


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More Stats for Buck Mountain Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    2,573 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,573 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,674 ft
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  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,228 ft
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From the top
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Aug 1, 2019
From the top of buck mountain.

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