2 miles
Distance
3,282 ft
Climb
-19 ft
Descent
1 miles
High Point
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Sheep Driveway Details

  • Riding Area
    Methow Valley
    Winthrop, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Local Popularity
    5 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

This is a route up to Driveway Butte that was traditionally used by sheep herders, driving flocks of sheep up to green pastures. The trail has officially been designated as "abandoned" for all hikers and equestrian use and finding the trail may be challenging. However, this is a ripe opportunity for those of you who do not mind a little navigation challenge and some primitive trail / open area riding! Take this historic trail back for those who enjoy peace and solitude on two wheels.

The terrain opens up to treeless alpine fields leaving numerous descending routes. Perhaps most beautiful in spring time.

The trip to the top can be dry in the middle of the summer season, but the views are well worth the work. Silver Star and the Early Winters area are among the many views from the summit, which was once a lookout tower site. Melts out early in the season giving access to beautiful wildflowers and high elevation rugged mountain views before other trails are snowfree.

This trail is Unsanctioned, Ride at your own Risk!

More Stats for Sheep Driveway bike trail
  • Altitude change
    3,263 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,712 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,712 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,975 ft
  • Grade
    26.928%
  • Grade max
    -4.877%
  • Grade min
    62.537%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    417 ft
  • Distance flat
    156 ft
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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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