8 miles
2,051 ft
-429 ft
4,299 ft
High Point
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Methow Trail 480 Details

  • Riding Area
    Methow Valley
    Winthrop, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • eBike Allowed
  • 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 bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,622 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,677 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,677 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,299 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,637 ft
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on Sep 4, 2017
Avg: 2 (2 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to methow-trail-480 trailhead (48.651490, -120.562330)
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Methow Trail 480 Trail Reports

Sep 4, 2017 @ 7:52pm
Sep 4, 2017
The first 2.5 miles to the second (washed out) bridge are nice and clear. After that blowdowns and horrendous brush. I turned around at about 4.5...
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Sep 5, 2017 @ 4:04pm
Sep 5, 2017
Methow Trail 480, My City
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Sep 23, 2016 @ 6:47pm
Sep 23, 2016
Methow Trail 480, Winthrop

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