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Methow Valley Singletrack
- Aug 11, 2014 - Aug 15, 2014
- Aug 18, 2014 - Aug 22, 2014
- Aug 25, 2014 - Aug 29, 2014
- Sep 1, 2014 - Sep 5, 2014
- Sep 8, 2014 - Sep 12, 2014
The Methow Valley in northern Washington state is a really special place to ride your bike. The rivers are at about 2000 feet and the ridge tops are at about 7000 feet and in between there is all kinds of awesome rolling climbing zooming world class singletrack—with incredible alpine views and a glimpse or two of an actual glacier.
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Methow Valley Singletrack Itinerary
MEETING TIME AND PLACE
This tour will begin at 8:00 AM PST at Arlberg Sports, 25 N Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee, WA 509-663-7401. You will need to spend the night before in Wenatchee.
ENDING TIME AND PLACE
Between 4 - 5 PM at Arlberg Sports in Wenatchee.
After meeting in Wenatchee, we will shuttle into the heart of the Methow Valley to our first camp at Lightning Creek. From here we will ride east on a forest service road for a couple of miles to our first trailhead. Once on the singletrack we will climb up the middle fork of Beaver Creek. It’s a steep but fun challenge and the downhill will be worth it. When we reach our high point we’ll jump on the Starvation Road and continue on the ridge to a spectacular viewpoint. We’ll descend on the Lightning Creek Trail itself. The tricky sections are at the top of the trail, and we are soon flying through the forest all the way back to our camp. TOTAL MILEAGE: 16 miles
Today we will head for the high country along the Sawtooth Ridge. We will begin with a climb that starts quite gently and becomes more challenging as we near the top. The views are amazing as we work our way up the drainage between Martin Peak and Mount Bigelow on our way to Eagle Lake and Horsehead Pass. After a picnic by the lake (and perhaps a quick dip) we will retrace our route down, down, down to our camp at Foggy Dew. TOTAL MILEAGE: 16 miles
From the Foggy Dew Trailhead we will begin this classic loop with a gentle morning climb. The trail meanders through the trees and the pace is easy going. It gets a bit steeper, but the trail tread is good and the spinning continues. Then we will arrive in Merchant’s Basin, a beautiful alpine paradise where wildflowers abound. You may notice the trail to the top of the ridge—at first it doesn’t look too bad as it makes its way diagonally up through the rocky scree, but at some point the going gets rough and most of us will find ourselves pushing a bit before we reach the top. And now for the big reward—one of our all time favorites—a big, swooping alpine descent. The real deal—worth every minute of the climb! You will recall this descent with fondness for the rest of your days! TOTAL MILEAGE: 21 miles
This morning we will pack up camp and shuttle over to Buck Mountain. Today’s ride takes us out of the trees and into the sagebrush, with great views of the Methow Valley. A gentle climb up the road leads to buff, winding, giggle-inducing singletrack and eventually down to Buck Lake where we will have lunch and take another optional lap on the trail before heading to our next camp. TOTAL MILEAGE: 8 - 16 miles
From our camp we will begin with a nice warm-up along the North Creek Road before finding the Twisp River Trailhead and jumping on the singletrack for the rest of the day’s journey. The headwaters for the Twisp River are in the North Cascade Mountains and it drains into the Methow River and ultimately the Columbia. The Native Americans called the Methow River Buttlemuleemauch, which means “salmon falls river.” The trail begins with some short technical sections as it crosses a dramatic scree slope along the lower shoulder of the mountain. Then we’ll finish with some sweet buff singletrack. After a final lunch we will reluctantly return to civilization. TOTAL MILEAGE: 20 miles
Riding Surface: Singletrack, mostly firm pack, some loose pumice, smooth pine duff, and rocky sections. Some dirt roads and a few miles of pavement.
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult.
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult.
Altitude: 2000 - 7000 ft.
Please Note: This is a technical singletrack trip. A high level of fitness is necessary and singletrack experience is highly recommended. We will be without vehicle support during all of the singletrack sections of the ride. Itineraries are subject to change due to weather, road conditions, rider safety, and other factors which may affect the logistics of the adventure.