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Methow Valley 2020

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with the coronavirus pandemic’s implications for the Methow Valley’s peak tourism season. Earlier in the year, when we would have been sending the Methow Valley Summer 2020 magazine to press, the statewide lockdown made that impractical. It was difficult to predict when tourism would be able to launch in earnest. So we delayed publication of the magazine, hoping

to anticipate the ideal time to make it available. The valley’s advance to Phase II of the state’s recovery plan, and the opening of the North Cascades Highway, prompted a dramatic burst of tourism – and we’re trying to catch up in time for a busy summer and fall. Expecting that visitors will, if restrictions allow, continue coming here well into autumn, we rechristened this magazine Methow Valley Summer/Fall 2020. The magazine is smaller this year because of cost considerations, a shortened season and the absence of an events calendar. Most major events, and dozens of others, were canceled or postponed. However, Methow Valley

Summer/Fall 2020 is chock full of all the basic information you need to have a fully engaged experience. You’ll find user-friendly stories about a wide range of activities and other local attractions that are worth seeking out. And, we continue to offer our dining and lodging guides. There is no better one-stop source for Methow Valley information. We do have one request. Please wear a protective face mask where it’s required or appropriate. We want to keep the Methow safe for our visitors and its hard-working residents. We hope you will respect this beautiful community and help us all get through the coronavirus challenge. Don Nelson Publisher/Editor

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Methow Valley Summer/Fall On the cover:

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8 Full cycle

Every kind of biking experience can be found in the Methow

12 One step at a time

21 The water's fine

The Methow’s lakes and rivers beckon swimmers, water-skiers, boaters, rafters, tubers and floaters

The Methow’s many trails offer a multitude of day hikes and overnight adventures

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Swing on in

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Find your space The Methow welcomes tents, campers and RVs to its many campgrounds

Tee time is any time you like at local golf courses

the valley's 28 Know pass words Before you venture forth, check this guide to recreational passes, fees, permits and licenses

a walk, learn 31 Take something A guide to the Methow Valley’s interpretive trails

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Contributors Ashley Lodato

Ann McCreary

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is a Methow Valley News reporter.

Sandra Strieby

David Ward

Don Nelson

Marcy Stamper

is a freelance writer for the Methow Valley News.

is a Methow Valley News columnist.

is publisher and editor of the Methow Valley News.

is a Methow Valley News reporter.

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Other options: more activities for your consideration CORONAVIRUS COUNTERMEASURES LED TO CANCELATION OF MOST MAJOR

events scheduled in the Methow Valley for summer 2020. Those include the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival, the Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival, the Memorial Day and Labor Day Rodeos, The Merc Playhouse’s summer productions, Winthrop ’49er Days, the Confluence Gallery’s Methow Valley Home Tour, the Methow Arts Festival, the Twisp Methow Valley News

Fourth of July parade, outdoor recreation and competitions, programs at the public libraries, and the Okanogan County Fair, among others. At press time in mid-July, the fate of other events was undecided, including the Winthrop Vintage Wheels Show scheduled for September. However, some of the usual offerings are still available. They include: • The Methow Valley Farmers Market, at the community center on Highway 20 in Twisp, from 9 a.m.-noon every Saturday. • The Winthrop Market, at Mack Lloyd Park (adjacent to the

Winthrop Barn), from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sunday. • Methow Makers Market, local artisans at Confluence Park in downtown Winthrop on Aug. 15, Sept. 12 and Oct. 10, 3-7 p.m. Some organizations are offering online programs. Check with them or visit their websites to see what’s available. And, some venues may be offering live music in outdoor settings. Again, check with them for details. Consult the Methow Valley News every week for the most current information and updates. Some other options: Confluence Gallery & Art Center in Twisp hosts regular exhibits that feature the work of local, regional, and national artists. Some of TwispWorks’ artist

spaces/working studios may be open to the public. The Winthrop Gallery shows the work of local and regional artists in a cooperative gallery format. Trail’s End Bookstore offers a wide selection of books, games, gifts and art supplies.

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Every kind of biking experience can be found in the Methow BY A NN M C CRE A RY

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the glowing descriptions that riders offer after spending time on mountain bike trails and roads of the Methow Valley. 8

Whether cruising a ridgeline singletrack with eye-popping views of snowcapped mountains, or riding lightly traveled roads along rivers and farmlands, the Methow Valley offers excursions for every ability or inclination – flat family-friendly trails, challenging high alpine singletrack, and miles of dirt and paved roads. Between the valley floor and ridges more than 7,000 feet high, there are all kinds of awesome rolling, climbing, zooming, world-class trails. The

expansive trail system at Sun Mountain alone offers over 40 miles of single and double track trails with gorgeous views of the Methow Valley and North Cascades Mountains. The Sun Mountain trail system has grown into a premiere mountain biking destination, thanks to the work of the Methow Valley chapter of Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, which has constructed many new miles of carefully planned trails for riders of all abilities. Riding through the seasons,

bikers enjoy colorful spring wildflowers, warm summer days and brilliant fall foliage. The valley’s sunny, dry weather makes for great riding from spring until the snow flies – when the fat bikes come out. Riders can find maps, trail guides and gear at many locations in the valley, or download the free “Winthrop Washington” mobile app for information on all the top mountain bike and road rides, and things to do after your ride. Summer 2020


Recommended rides ■ MOUNTAIN BIKES • Buck Mountain This fantastic riding is just a few miles north of Winthrop, with trails covering 29 miles and reaching 4,253 feet in elevation. The trails cover a diversity of forest and open sagebrush meadows with expansive views of the Methow Valley and more distant mountains. Trails are generally snow-free between early May and late November, and most of the year are firm, smooth and dry. The trails cross rangeland, so expect cattle and their leavings. • Sun Mountain This expansive network offers 58 miles of riding on 33 trails, with the highest elevation at 4,939 feet. Riding here is generally non-technical, but overall there is some substantial climbing. You’ll be treated to scenic views of Patterson Lake and Patterson Mountain on lower trails, with spectacular views of the valley and distant North Cascades on higher trails. Trails are generally ride-able from early May through mid-November. Trails are well maintained by Sun Mountain Lodge and the Methow Valley Chapter of Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance. • Angel’s Staircase This is THE Methow Valley ride for the serious mountain biker, reaching 8,000 feet in elevation. This is a physically demanding, epic loop that takes you far from civilization, so bring plenty of food and water, make sure that to carry tools that you know how to use, and be prepared for all conditions. The rewards are fantastic views of jagged mountains and into beautiful alpine basins filled with flowers, trees, and small lakes. The trail is all singletrack, though the first climb up to Cooney Lake can be dusty and loose as it is shared with Methow Valley News

motorbikes. While most of the trail is easily climbable, the section between Cooney Lake and the first pass is a good 30-minute hike-a-bike up a steep trail. The suffering is worth it not just for the views, but also because you’ll ride through beautiful alpine meadows before climbing the Horsehead Pass and from there the trail is a flowy rip back to the car. The trail here is buff, fast and well-maintained by equestrian clubs.

■ ROAD BIKES • Washington Pass This is a fairly strenuous climb that is well worth the effort for the outstanding views and epic descent. A 60-mile round-trip from Winthrop, ride Highway 20 past Mazama (or stock up on some food while passing). The climbing starts at about mile 15 and is fairly relentless the whole way to the top. Shoulders are good, and restrooms are at the lookout at the top. Take plenty of water, food and some layers of clothing. While it can be really warm in the valley, the summit of the pass can be pretty frigid – especially if the wind is blowing. If you are visiting the Methow Valley and have a few miles in your legs, you should give this a go. To shorten the ride to 30 miles round trip, start at Mazama or the Freestone Inn. • Chewuch Loop (with options) This is an easy, 14-mile loop ride on quiet roads, with undulating terrain and some short moderate climbs. Ride up West Chewuch Road and then back on East Chewuch Road, or reverse the direction. For the ambitious, the mileage route can be easily increased by continuing up the Chewuch Road to Andrews Creek, about 24 miles from Winthrop and a steady climb. Or for those for whom no ride is complete without some

suffering, add Boulder Creek Road, a moderate climb, or Falls Creek, the local Alp D’Huez, which is very steep at the start and 8 miles or so of constant climbing. • Tour de Okanogan This is the ultimate overachiever ride for the local area. This 105-mile loop takes riders south to Twisp and then up over Loup Loup Pass (a pretty steep and long climb), down to Malott and south to Brewster and then Pateros. The return journey is up Highway 153 from Pateros

to Methow, Carlton, Twisp and then Winthrop. Food stops are in the major towns, but take plenty of food water and some money. Repair opportunities are non-existent once you leave Winthrop, so take necessary repair gear. Watch the wind because in the afternoons it usually blows down valley and riding 40 miles into a headwind is no fun.

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• Winthrop’s website, winthropwashington.com, has information on mountain and road bike riding, and offers a free “Winthrop Washington” app. • The Methow Trails office in downtown Winthrop has information on mountain bike and road rides, and on its website: methowtrails.org. • Methow Cycle & Sport’s website, methowcyclesport.com, or Winthrop Mountain Sports’ website,

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winthropmountainsports.com, provide trail descriptions and maps. • Stop by local Methow Valley sports shops in person for current trail conditions and maps. • Trailforks.com, a mountain biking database, has up-to-date maps and trail information. • MTBproject.com, affiliated with the REI outdoor store, offers a comprehensive guide for mountain biking trail maps and information.

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EVENTS Although most organized summer and fall bike events have been postponed this season, Methow Cycle & Sport in Winthrop is offering small group instruction and skills events. Call the store at 996-3645 to learn more. The Gran Fondo Winthrop was tentatively scheduled for Sept. 19 as of our publication date.

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BY A SHL E Y LO DATO

“GOING TO THE MOUNTAINS,” SAID NATURALIST AND ADVENTURER JOHN MUIR,

“is going home.”

Unlike home, however, the mountains don’t come stocked with furniture, a full pantry, clothing and a roof. To travel comfortably in the mountains we must make the mountains into a lightweight version of home, complete with food, water and shelter, all of which must be carried on our backs. Backpacking is a minimalist experience and gives us a glimpse into a radically simplified life, but paradoxically, there is a certain amount of equipment you need to own (or borrow) in order to do it. Gear innovations have come a long way since Muir’s time, resulting in equipment that is lighter, longer lasting, and more effective than ever before. In the Methow Valley, you can find a

wide variety of such products at Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies in Mazama, and Winthrop Mountain Sports, Cascades Outdoor Store and The Outdoorsman in Winthrop. Do It Center in Twisp and Ace Hardware in Winthrop also stock some outdoor gear.

■ WEIGHT The three biggest and heaviest things you’ll need are your pack, your tent (or tarp, if bugs aren’t an issue) and your sleeping bag. Coincidentally or not, these are also likely to be your three most expensive purchases, so shop around, test things out, and make sure you’re investing in equipment that fits you well, is light enough, and is built to last. ■ FOOTWEAR Backpacking footwear choices are bewilderingly vast these days, with options ranging from minimalist sneakers to traditional heavy leather lace-up boots. Most hikers are most comfortable with something from the middle of this range, usually a lightweight breathable

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Day hikes (one-way miles from Trailhead. shortest to longest) • Lookout Mountain: Lookout • Slate Peak: The ¼ -mile hike to Mountain in Twisp loses its snow Slate Peak gets you up to 7,400 early, making it a favorite spring hike. feet elevation and provides Panoramic views and a historic g n a glimpse into the rich wildfire lookout make this i k Hi mining history of the 2-mile hike a worthwhile ? s d with k i area around the turn of one. From Twisp River Road, s e ik h r o f the 20th century. Drive turn left on Rd 1605 and k Loo a h t i to the end of the Harts connect with Forest Service w marked Pass road (which can Rd 4400-200 to the parking often be quite rough) and area at the end. hike from the gate. • Cutthroat Lake: Another •  Falls Creek: Another short hike alpine lake worth visiting is Cutthroat Lake, to a stunning view is the ¼-mile walk to although it is marshier than Blue Lake or Falls Creek Falls, out the West Chewuch Lake Ann. The 2-mile trail into the lake is Road. Park at Falls Creek Trailhead. easy; moms have even been seen pushing •  Twisp Ponds: A 1-mile loop baby joggers along it. Park at the Cutthroat winds through restored riparian arLake Trailhead. eas, native vegetation, interpretive • Blue Lake: The 2.2-mile hike into Blue signage, and several significant Lake has some elevation gain but rewards public art pieces. Park at the Twisp the hiker with the opportunity to dip in its Ponds site just outside Twisp on turquoise waters. Park at the Blue Lake Twisp River Road. Trailhead. •  Rainy Lake: Hiking doesn’t get • Goat Peak: Goat Peak is popular for its any easier than the 1-mile walk on a panoramic views of the North Cascades paved, level path with interpretive but also for its fire tower on the summit. signs and resting benches, ending The 2.5-mile hike is strenuous and is at a sparkling alpine lake. Park at dry in the late summer. From Goat Creek the Rainy Pass Trailhead. Road, take Forest Rd #52, then #5225, •  Tawlks-Foster Suspension and then to the end of #5225-200 to the Bridge: The flat 1-mile trail to the parking area. Suspension Bridge brings you to a • Maple Pass: The 7-mile Maple Pass picnic shelter and some interpreloop is probably the most popular tive signs by the river. Park at the day hike in the area, and for good Suspension Bridge Trailhead along reason. The hike passes through old Goat Creek Road in Mazama. growth forests and subalpine hillsides •  Lone Fir Loop: Kids love the before emerging into alpine meadows 2-mile loop around Early Winters Creek and a 360-degree view of the North at Lone Fir Campground. With its Cascades from the summit ridge. Park shady glades and fun bridges, the trail at the Rainy Pass Trailhead. is interesting and surprising. Park at • Easy Pass: The 3.5-mile hike up Easy Lone Fir Campground. Pass is anything but, as you climb up • Patterson Mountain: The 3-mile 3,000 feet fairly relentlessly. Emerge into loop around Patterson Mountain is the talus above treeline and the views are one of the first snow-free hikes in breathtaking, as the trail crisscrosses an the valley and is lush with wildflowavalanche fan under the soaring peaks of ers in the late spring. Park at the Ragged Ridge before entering the larchstate boat access on Patterson Lake covered lush Easy Pass saddle. Park at the Road. Easy Pass Trailhead. • Lake Ann: Lake Ann is just 1.9 Overnight trips (one-way miles miles from the parking area, but it gets from shortest to longest) you into what feels like the heart of • Tiffany Lake: The 1-mile trail the mountains – a sparkling lake in a into Tiffany Lake brings you to a granite cirque. Park at the Rainy Pass level campsite with swimming and

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exploration opportunities, with wildflower-carpeted Tiffany Mountain looming above. From the campsite you can travel more lightly on side trips to the saddle above the lake or to Tiffany’s summit. Park at the Tiffany Lake Trailhead. Directions are complicated; get a Forest Service map. • Windy Pass: The 3.5-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail to Windy Pass lacks significant elevation gain or loss, so you can travel through meadows and larch stands at a brisk clip before reaching your camping destination at the pass. Drive the Harts Pass Road almost to the end, parking in the small area that gives access to the PCT. • Black Lake: Hiking into Black Lake with a backpack is appealing due to its limited elevation gain and loss. In August, the 4.5-mile trail is lined with raspberries and blueberries as well. There are campsites on both ends of the lake. From the West Chewuch Road, take Rd #51, the #5160-100 to the road end and trail #500. • Scatter Lake: Set in a spectacular bowl, Scatter Lake is hard-earned (almost 4,000 feet of elevation gain in 4.5 miles) but worth the journey. Abernathy Peak looms above the lake, visible from the pleasant and abundant campsites. Drive Twisp River Road to the Scatter Creek Trailhead. • Stehekin: Huh? Yes, that’s right, you can hike from the Methow Valley to this tiny boat-and-plane-access-only community at the end of Lake Chelan. The hike starts at Bridge Creek and drops you gradually into the confluence with the Stehekin River 18 miles later. From there you can take a National Park Service shuttle into Stehekin and either boat out to Chelan the next day if you’ve arranged a pickup, or turn around and hike back to your car at Bridge Creek via McAlester Pass. Two campsites along the PCT provide the opportunity to break the 18-miles up into two days. Park at the Bridge Creek Trailhead.

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■ HUMAN WASTE Few things kill the buzz of a trip into the backcountry faster than the sight of someone else’s unburied human waste. It’s irresponsible to dispose of human waste improperly, especially as recreational use of popular areas increases, as it has been steadily doing for decades. At backcountry campsites, you may find a modern, clean, regularly maintained outhouse, a ramshackle privy, or a “wet willy,” which is basically a boxlike platform with a seat over a hole. If you don’t find an established toilet, you’ll need to dig a cat hole. Follow Leave No Trace regulations: 6-8 inches deep and 4-6 inches in diameter (using the U-Dig-It or other sturdy trowel you had the foresight to pack, because it’s really hard to get down 6-8 inches using only a sharp stick or the heel of your boot). ■ CROWD CONTROL With pandemic restrictions and increased use of trails and recreation spots that are open, getting away from it all will

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seems to taste better. For some people, backcountry meal planning is as easy as visiting an outdoor retailer and purchasing a variety of foil packages, which, after boiling, can be opened to reveal offerings such as beef stew and Thai curried rice and chicken. These meals aren’t cheap, but they’re certainly convenient. For those on a tighter budget or for those who prefer meals from scratch, food planning will take a bit longer. But fear not – backpacking meals with whole ingredients can be simple and satisfying, lightweight and luggable, endlessly varied, and easy on the budget. Suggested meals include: • Breakfast: hot cereal, rice pudding, or granola. • Lunch: foil pouches of peanut butter, jam, tuna, or chicken plus sturdy crackers . • Dinners: pesto pasta, dried black bean and rice burritos, couscous with chicken sausage and peppers. • Snacks: trail mix, cheese, jerky, dried fruit, nuts, granola bars – favor savory over sweet.

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probably be more difficult this summer. Try scheduling your trip for mid-week, if possible, and always check https://coronavirus.wa.gov for updates on travel restrictions, regional closures, and social distancing guidelines.

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THE 10 ESSENTIALS Developed in the 1930s by The Mountaineers as a checklist for backcountry emergency preparedness, the Ten Essentials were 10 individual items that few experienced wilderness travelers would consider leaving out of their backpacks. The jury is still out on the Ten Essentials regarding day hikes, especially those on familiar or well-marked trails in good weather. While most hikers agree that sunscreen is worth the weight, those trotting around Maple Pass in 3 hours would probably consider it overkill to carry a space blanket and a water filter (however, given the number of people populating that loop, there’s a good chance you’ll stumble upon a fellow hiker in need at some point). When packing, you’ll need to make the decision for yourself, but consider the basic premise behind the Ten Essentials: You probably won’t use most of this stuff, but as soon as you need it, you’ll be glad you brought it.

• Navigation: Learn how to read a topographic map before you hit the trail. Seriously. Ditto for your compass. Plus, a lot of compasses have mirrors in the lids, which you can use to admire your grubby face. • Sun protection: Sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat – wear them every day. • Insulation: Bring more warm clothes than you think you’ll need; it’s colder in the mountains. Even on a sunny day hike it’s often nice to have a hat and puffy jacket for lunch on the summit. • Illumination: Even in the summer with 16 hours of daylight, you never know when you might have to hike out in the dark. Pack a headlamp or flashlight and make sure your batteries are new. • First aid kit: Outdoor stores sell well-stocked commercial kits, or visit REI’s website for an inventory list that will guide you through assembling your own. • Firestarter and matches: If for

some reason you are spiraling toward hypothermia, and there are no other options for getting warm, you’ll have to light a fire. This should only be a last resort if there are no established fire rings. Heed all fire bans! • Repair kit and tools: Sometimes the ability to fix your stove or your pack makes the difference between comfort and misery. • Water and purification system: In John Muir’s day you could drink water straight from the stream. Not anymore – treat your water. • Extra food: Bring something high calorie, non-perishable and unappealing, like stale energy bars in an unpopular flavor. You’ll have them if you need them, but you won’t be tempted to break them out for dessert one night. • Emergency shelter: If all goes well and you’re lucky, you won’t need your rain gear or space blanket, but better safe than sorry.

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Find your space The Methow welcomes tents, campers and RVs to its many campgrounds BY A SHL E Y LO DATO

FEW THINGS SAY “SUMMER” LIKE SLEEPING OUTSIDE. STARRY NIGHT SKIES,

the rustle of wind in the pines, the orange glow of sunrise filtering through tent walls – these are the quintessential elements of summer camping. After a long winter and a spring of staying close to home, it’s not surprising that you’re ready to get out and do something. Whether you’re pitching a tent, parking a camper, or stringing up a hammock, the 18

Methow Valley’s public and private campgrounds can meet your needs. ■ UP-VALLEY (CASCADES TO WINTHROP) These campgrounds are all located right off Highway 20 in the mountains between Winthrop and Washington Pass. Ballard, Road’s End, Meadows and Harts Pass campgrounds are situated on Lost River Road and in the Harts Pass area. For a complete listing of U.S. Forest Service campgrounds in this area, visit www.fs.usda.gov/activity/okawen/ recreation/camping-cabins. ■ MID-VALLEY (WINTHROP TO TWISP) These campgrounds are all located on or near Highway 20 between Winthrop and Twisp. There are no U.S. Forest Service campgrounds located

immediately off Highway 20 in the Winthrop-to-Twisp area; however, numerous Forest Service campgrounds like 8-Mile, Falls Creek, and Chewuch are just a few miles outside Winthrop along the Chewuch River, while others like South Creek, War Creek and Roads End are easily accessible up Twisp River Road. For a complete listing of Forest Service campgrounds in the mid-valley area, visit www.fs.usda. gov/activity/okawen/recreation/ camping-cabins.

■ DOWN-VALLEY (TWISP TO PATEROS) These campgrounds are all located on or near Highway 20 and Highway 153 between Twisp and Pateros. There are no U.S. Forest Service campgrounds located immediately off Highway 153 in the Twisp-to-Pateros area; however, numerous Forest Service campgrounds like Black Pine

Lake can be found just a few miles from the highways. For a complete listing of US Forest Service campgrounds in the down-valley area, visit www.fs.usda.gov/activity/okawen/ recreation/camping-cabins.

■ COVID-19 CAMPING INFORMATION At press time, the campgrounds listed in this publication were open, with some restrictions and public safety measures in place. For updated information about COVID-19’s impact on private campgrounds, please check those campgrounds’ websites before you leave for your camping trip. For updated information on Washington State Parks campgrounds, visit: https://parks.state.wa.us/1181/Parksopening. For updated information on U.S. Forest Service campgrounds, visit www.fs.usda.gov/activity/okawen/ recreation/camping-cabins. Summer 2020


Campgrounds at a glance   Up Valley (Cascades to Mazama)

  Mid Valley (Mazama to Twisp)

  Down Valley (Twisp to Pateros)

Name

Operated By

Location

Reservations

Lone Fir Campground

US Forest Service

27 miles NW of Winthrop on Hwy 20

First Come First Served

Fees Amenities Restroom Other $12/site; wheelchair ac$5 add’l potable water pump, no sewer cessible vault beautiful kid-friendly 2-mile vehicle or electric hook up toilet hiking loop along stream

Contact

Klipchuck Campground

US Forest Service

19 miles NW of Winthrop on Hwy 20

First Come First Served

$12/site; wheelchair ac$5 add’l potable water pump, no sewer cessible vault trailhead to Driveway Butte 509-996-4000, www. vehicle or electric hook up toilet hike located at entrance fs.usda.gov

Early Winters Campground

US Forest Service

15 miles NW of Winthrop on Hwy 20

First Come First Served

Rendezvous Huts

private

Rendezvous Basin, Cougar & Grizzly Mountain area

yes

Pine Near RV Park and Campground

private

2 blocks from downtown Winthrop

yes

Winthrop KOA

private

1/2 mile east of Winthrop

yes

509-996-4000, www. fs.usda.gov

509-996-4000, www. $8/site; potable water pump, no sewer wheelchair ac- near town of Mazama, $5 add’l or electric hook up cessible vault running trails, views of Goat fs.usda.gov toilet Wall vehicle rustic hut accommodations with propane stove and cooking/ mountain biking, hiking & 509-996-8100, www. $110/night eating dishes, bunks with matpit toilet running trails, sweeping rendezvoushuts.com tresses, no running water valley and mountain views $25-$50; full hookups, EV charging station, pets, walking distance to more for laundry, wifi, showers; mining full restroom, downtown Winthrop, across 509-341-4062, http:// cabins shacks, tipis, cabins showers street from historic Shafer www.pinenearpark.com/ Museum $40+/site

full hookups, laundry, TV reception, wifi, snack bar, showers

pets, riverside, heated 509-996-2258, https:// full restroom, pool, cabins, playground, koa.com/campgrounds/ showers bicycle rentals winthrop/

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Operator

Location

Reservations

Pearrygin Lake State Park

WA State Parks

3 miles from Winthrop

yes

$12-$50+/ full hookups, showers, full restroom, lakeside, swimming, boat- 509-996-2370, http:// site cabins, vacation house, group showers ing, hiking trails, fishing parks.state.wa.us/563/ campsites Pearrygin-Lake

Big Twin Lake Campground

private

3 miles south of Winthrop

yes

boating, stocked lake fish$27+/site full hookups, toilets, showers, full restroom, ing, close to trails & rodeo wifi showers grounds, paddleboats

Silverline Resort

private

1.5 miles from Winthrop

yes

Riverbend RV Park

private

2 miles east of Twisp

yes

full hookups, toilets, showers, full restroom, riverside, boating, fishing, $27+/site dog park, wifi, convenience store, showers horseshoes, basketball laundry

Carlton RV Park

private

Carlton

yes

$15+/site

Loup Loup Campground

US Forest Service

First Come 12 miles east of Twisp First Served

Alta Lake State Park

WA State Parks

2 miles southwest of Pateros

yes

Fees

Amenities

Restroom

Other

Contact

509-996-2650, http:// www.methownet.com/ bigtwin/ full hookups, toilets, showers, full restroom, lakeside, swimming, boat- 509-996-2448, silverli$23+/site convenience store, wifi, breakfast showers ing, hiking trails, fishing, neresort.com mini-golf kitchen

full hookups, showers, convenience store, laundry

bathhouse

swimming, beach, free hot breakfast on Sundays

509-997-3500, www. riverbendrv.com 509-997-0833, www. carltonrvpark.com

$12/site; potable water pump, no sewer wheelchair ac- creekside, mountain biking, 509-996-4000, www. $5 add’l or electric hook up cessible vault hiking, Western Larch fs.usda.gov vehicle toilet $12+/site

full hookups, showers, wifi, full restroom, lakeside, boating, hiking, group campsites showers birding, golf

888-226-7688, http:// parks.state.wa.us/239/ Alta-Lake

Family owned and operated for over 45 years. We take pride in being your neighbor and offering a great variety:

Check out our amazing harvest! Saturdays 9 a.m. - noon Methow Valley Community Center Masks required!

LaFonda Lopez Restaurant

Authentic Mexican Menu

PLUS

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Specialty, natural and organic items Full Service Deli Floral Bakery Bulk Foods Produce Smoked Meats Wine and Spirits And an exceptional Meat Department

Come visit us here at Hank’s, where customer service comes first.

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The water’s fine

PHOTO BY DON NELSON

The Methow’s lakes and rivers beckon swimmers, waterskiers, boaters, rafters, tubers and floaters BY M A R CY S TA MPER

ON THOSE LONG DAYS OF SUMMER, THERE’S NOTHING LIKE SOME TIME IN –

or on – the water to cool off. The Methow offers water activities for all interests and abilities, from shallow wading areas along the rivers to serene freshwater lakes to thrilling whitewater rapids. Methow Valley News

Because the Methow River is freeflowing, conditions change with the season. In early summer, consider a raft trip with experienced guides to safely navigate the whitewater while you take in the scenery. Later in the season, as the river level gets lower – and the water gets warmer – people switch to tubing, where they can enjoy a relaxed float downstream in gentler conditions. Have your own boat or personal watercraft? Try sailing or jet-skiing on Pearrygin Lake or Alta Lake, where there are state park facilities. Or take a canoe to explore Blackpine Lake, a quiet, high-altitude lake with shimmering blue-green water.

Swimmers and waders will want to check out Pearrygin Lake or Patterson Lake for a refreshing dip or languid float on a raft. For a truly invigorating experience, try one of the many swimming holes on the Methow’s rivers.

■ SWIMMING

• Patterson Lake, near Sun Mountain Lodge: swim in a cool freshwater lake surrounded by hills. Numerous informal areas along the shore. Access from Patterson Lake Road. • Pearrygin Lake: swim in a large, roped-off area or explore other areas of this spring-fed lake, ringed by mountain scenery. Access from East Chewuch Road and Bear Creek

Road east of Winthrop. • Blackpine Lake: swim in a crystalclear, high-mountain lake. Access from Buttermilk Creek Road (11 miles west of Twisp on Twisp River Road) or Libby Creek Road off Highway 153, 1 mile south of Carlton. • Confluence of Methow River and Twisp River (Twisp Town Park): splash and wade through river rocks where two of the Methow’s finest rivers converge. Lots of options for sunbathing. • Carlton swimming hole: a favorite with locals, with a deep pool, sandy beach and some shade. Access across from the Carlton Store on Highway 153. • Alta Lake State Park: clear 21


mountain lake with day-use area with picnic tables and shade trees. Access 2 miles north of Pateros on Highway 153. • Chewuch Campground swimming hole: a generous pool for splashing and dunking. Access through Chewuch campground, 15 miles north of Winthrop on the West Chewuch Road toward Thirtymile.

Why is it so beautiful here?

■ BOATING • Pearrygin Lake State Park: Bring your own rowboat, kayak, canoe or motorboat and explore this lake’s many inlets. Waterskiing and personal-watercraft use also allowed. Two boat ramps, 60 feet of dock. Access from East Chewuch Road and Bear Creek Road east of Winthrop. • Alta Lake State Park: Bring your own rowboat, canoe, sailboard, paddleboard or windsurfing gear. Also popular for motorboats or personal watercraft. Limited waterskiing on small lake. Two boat ramps, 60 feet of dock. Access 2 miles north of Pateros on Highway 153. • Patterson Lake: Rent paddle boats, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards by the hour; and rowboats by the hour or day at the Patterson Lake

Because we…..

REDUCE what we use •

Avoid single-use items

BYO mug and bag

Refill growlers

REUSE our things •

Check local thrift shops first

Check Take It or Leave It for building materials

Share tools in the Tool Library

REPAIR our stuff •

Go to local Repair Cafes

Take care of our things

RECYCLE what we can •

Support our local recycling center

Know the rules: methowrecycles.org

Buy a Blue Bag for recycling on-the-go

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Got Shade? Riparian areas include the banks and floodplains that border rivers and creeks. Plants and trees that grow in the riparian zone are crucial to a healthy stream and are used by a variety of wildlife.

Healthy riparian areas benefit streams in many ways: • Trees provide shade, keeping water temperatures cool • Plants bind the soil together with their roots, reducing erosion • Trees fall into the stream, providing food and shelter for aquatic life

Join us!

During your stay, do your part to tread a little lighter

Respect The River Sponsored by

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office near the Patterson Lake cabins at Sun Mountain Lodge. Because of COVID precautions and the need to keep group sizes small and sanitize all equipment between rentals, boat rentals are limited to overnight guests at Sun Mountain Lodge or Patterson Lake cabins. There is an 8-mph speed limit for motorized boats. More info at 1-800-572-0493 or 996-2211. Access from Patterson Lake Road. • Blackpine Lake: row or paddle on a crystal-clear high-mountain lake. Non-motorized boats only. Gravel boat ramp; two floating docks. Access from Buttermilk Creek Road (11 miles west of Twisp on Twisp River Road) or Libby Creek Road, 1 mile south of Carlton.

■ RIVER RAFTING AND TUBING Methow Rafting leads scenic, organized trips on the Methow River from their Winthrop location. Choose from guided, family-friendly whitewater trips in rafts or kayaks. They’ll also launch you on a tube trip for a languid float down the river (and pick you up when you’re done). Reserve your spot at (509) 866-6775 or info@ methowrafting.com or online at www.methowrafting.com. In keeping with COVID safety guidelines, Methow Rafting trips have a maximum of 12 participants, with no more than four people (from the same household or travel party) per raft to ensure 6-foot physical distancing. Lazy River Tubing at the AbbyCreek Inn rents tubes and life-jackets for a gentle, beginner-level float down the river. Rent tubes at the inn south of Winthrop, get dropped off at the Winthrop Red Barn, and float back to the inn – a trip of 25 to 45 minutes, depending on the season. Season is mid-July to mid-September (depends on river flow), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reserve at 996-3153 or www.WinthropTubing.com.

PHOTO BY DON NELSON

RV Park & Campground

“On the shoreline of Pearrygin Lake”

• Clean & Remodeled Facilities • Boat Launch & Fishing Docks • Free WiFi & Pet Friendly • Groups Welcome & Discounts • Family Atmosphere with Shade & Grass

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Swing on in

Tee time is any time you like at local golf courses BY S A NDR A S T RIEBY

Though the Methow may be best known for trail-based activities, you can also find a selection of manicured greens in and around the valley that will give joy to visiting and local golfers alike. Okanogan County’s four golf courses offer magnificent scenery as well as challenging play in a variety of settings. This article covers local course basics; each of the courses has a web site where you can learn more and get a feel for the course. Check for early and twilight hours if you’d like to beat the Methow summer heat.

■ METHOW VALLEY COURSES Alta Lake Golf Resort: Located in Alta Coulee west of Pateros, Alta

Lake offers a challenging 18-hole course with views of rolling hills and rocky escarpments. There’s a motel with kitchenettes and two luxury suites as well as standard rooms, and Golfer’s Package rates for guests. The resort is owned by the Barth family, owners of three other courses in the region; a North Central Washington Player’s Card provides discounted rates at all four courses Bear Creek Golf Course: South of Winthrop in the heart of the Methow Valley, Bear Creek offers nine holes with 18 tee boxes, and a driving range. Views into the Pasayten and Sawtooth wilderness areas, and the chance of glimpsing wildlife on and around the course, make golfing at Bear Creek a distinctive Methow experience. For a change of pace, try your hand at disc or fling golf.

■ ELSEWHERE IN OKANOGAN COUNTY Gamble Sands: Since opening in 2014, Gamble Sands near Brewster has garnered a bevy of awards, including No. 1 on Golfweek’s 2020 list of the best courses to play in Washington and No. 35 in Golf Digest’s 2020 list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. The 18-hole course overlooks the Columbia River; there’s a putting course, as well, and a Par-3 course under construction. Okanogan Valley Golf Club: Nestled in the shrub-steppe between Okanogan and Omak, the Okanogan Valley Golf Club bills itself as a friendly, family-oriented facility where everyone is welcome. The club offers a nine-hole course with territorial views, and is open to the public.

PHOTO BY MARCY STAMPER

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Shafer Historical Museum Methow Valley’s Window into the Past

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment with our new summer exhibition Methow Valley Votes for Women. Learn about Valley life and the extraordinary women who lived here at the time women gained the right to vote in national elections. At home? Visit online to view photos, order books, join or donate.

285 Castle Avenue, Winthrop Check website for most current hours & open dates Open select dates in Phase 3 ‘till October

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Name & Location

Online tee times

Alta Lake Golf Resort, 3 miles west of Pateros via Hwy. 153

Yes

Bear Creek Golf Course, 3 miles southeast of Winthrop via Twisp-Winthrop Eastside Rd.

Yes

Gamble Sands, 10 miles east of Brewster via Hwys. 97 and 17

Yes; Stay-and-Play by phone

Okanogan Valley Golf Club, off the Conconully Hwy. between Okanogan and Omak

No tee times needed

Greens Fees (cart fees not included) Summer rates: 9 holes, $26; 18 holes, $48. Senior and Twilight rates; weekly locals day 9 holes, $24; 18 holes, $36. Junior, Senior, and Twilight rates

$80-$170. Twilight and Resort-Guest rates 9 holes, $22; 18 holes, $33; all day, $44. Annual memberships

Lessons

Pro shop

Food

Lodging

Contact

Yes

Yes

Breakfast, lunch, beverages

Yes

(509) 923-2359; http://www.altalakegolf.com/

Espresso & snack bar; sandwiches; beverages

No

(509) 996-2284; http://www.bearcreekgolfcourse. com/

Call for info

Yes

Yes

Yes

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Yes

(509) 436-8323; https://gamblesands.com/

Yes

Yes

Snack bar, sandwiches

No

(509) 826-6937; http://www.okanoganvalleygolf.com/

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The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association (MVSTA) is the nation's largest cross-country ski resort with over 120 miles of perfectly groomed trails. In partnership with the US Forest Service, other government agencies and private landowners, MVSTA is dedicated to developing and promoting non-motorized, trail-based recreation in the Methow Valley. The Methow Valley Sport Trails system is recognized as one of the finest trail systems in North America for

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Know the valley’s pass words Before you venture forth, check this guide to recreational passes, fees, permits and licenses WANT TO GET OUT ON THE TRAIL OR LAUNCH YOUR BOAT?

Although there are many free trailheads, for many hiking trails, you’ll need a pass to park. Boat launches also require a pass. And that means you’ll need a guide to the land 28

agencies behind the scenes so that you get the right pass. If you hike a lot, it’s worth investing in a Northwest Forest Pass for trails in the National Forest, plus a Discover Pass, which provides access to all state parks and wildlife areas. They’ll save you money and you’ll always be ready for that spontaneous outing. If you don’t expect to visit other national parks in the state, like Mt.

Rainier or Olympic National Park, a Northwest Forest Pass will work fine, since it gives you access to a vast range of hiking trails near the Methow. Most trails along the North Cascades Highway start on U.S. Forest Service land. Even though trails take you into North Cascades National Park, there’s no separate entry fee for the park. The Northwest Forest Pass also covers trailheads in the Chewuch and near

Gold Creek, for access to the Lake Chelan–Sawtooth Wilderness. While the pass system can be confusing, the passes support trail maintenance and recreational facilities as state and federal budgets are cut. Fortunately, some popular areas are still free (see list below). And, if you arrive on foot, bicycle or horse, you generally don’t need a pass. Summer 2019


A basic guide to passes: ■ FEDERAL For U.S. Forest Service land (Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest/Methow Valley Ranger District) Needed at: Most trails along the North Cascades Highway, including Blue Lake, Cutthroat Lake/Pass, and Lake Ann/Maple Pass

• Lookout Mountain • Twisp River trails • Falls Creek Falls, Chewuch area Also good at national forests in Oregon Pass options: • Northwest Forest Pass, $30, annual • National Forest Recreation Day Pass, $5, day • National Forest Recreation ePass, $5, day; can be printed at home and validated for the day you’re going to use it

■ STATE

• Washington State Parks, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW Methow Wildlife Area), Department of Natural

Resources areas Needed at: Carlton Swimming Hole Lewis Butte Patterson Mountain/Patterson Lake Pearrygin Lake State Park (unless you’re camping there) • Alta Lake State Park (unless you’re camping there) • Leader Lake (Loup Loup Highway) Parking on state land requires a Discover Pass (unless you can park safely on a state or county road). The campsite fee at a state park covers your daytime activities there (including boat launch), but camping on other state lands generally requires a Discover Pass. The pass can be transferred between two vehicles. Pass options: Discover Pass, $30, annual; $5 service fee if purchased online or at a local vendor Day Pass, $10, day; $1.50 service fee if purchased online or at a local vendor The Vehicle Access Pass is free to people who buy hunting and fishing licenses. It provides access to WDFW lands (such as the Methow Wildlife • • • •

Area), boat launches and other water access sites, but not other state lands. The pass can be transferred between two vehicles. If you do a lot of boating at state parks, the annual Natural Investment Permit could be the way to go. For $80, you get access to watercraft launches, as well as day access to the parks. The Natural Investment Permit doesn’t cover state wildlife lands or state forests, so you would need a Discover Pass to visit those areas. You can buy a single-day permit to launch a boat for $7, but you’ll also need a $10 day pass if you don’t have a Discover Pass.

■ PICKING THE RIGHT PASS

• In addition to the main passes – day or annual versions of the Northwest Forest Pass and the Discover Pass – a variety of other passes are available, depending on your interests, age, and how much you use public lands. Interagency Annual Pass, $80. Good at national parks and other federal lands; has two signature lines and both people are considered pass holders. Interagency Senior Pass: If

you’re over 62, you can get a lifetime pass for $80 or an annual pass for $20. Both the Interagency Annual Pass (formerly called the America the Beautiful Interagency Pass) and the Senior Pass are good at national parks, U.S. Forest Service lands (most trails along the North Cascades Highway), and other natural areas run by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. They also provide free entrance for your traveling companions and a discount on camping, boat launching and guided tours. A pass providing lifetime entry to all federal lands (the Interagency Access Pass) is available for free to those with a disability and their traveling companions, and to certain volunteers. The Interagency Annual Military Pass is free for active-duty military and traveling companions. The Every Kid in a Park program provides a free pass to all fourth-graders (or those who start fourth grade this fall) and their families. Check out www. everykidinapark.gov.

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WHERE TO BUY REC PASSES FEDERAL Annual Northwest Forest Pass is $30; National Forest Recreation Day Pass is $5

In person: Northwest Forest Pass (annual and day) Methow Valley Ranger District, 24 W. Chewuch Road, Winthrop, 996-4003 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Local vendors (annual and day passes) Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies, Mazama, 996-2515 Methow Cycle & Sport, Winthrop, 996-3645 Valley Hardware Do it Center, Twisp, 997-3355 Winthrop Mountain Sports, Winthrop, 996-2886

National Forest Recreation Day Pass at trailheads; requires exact cash or check Online or by phone

(annual and day passes) U.S. Forest Service: www.fs.usda.gov/ okawen (click on the “Passes” icon) Discover Your Northwest, https:// www.discovernw.org (click on the “Rec Passes” tab) or (877) 874-6775 U.S. Geological Survey store at http:// store.usgs.gov, (888) 275-8747 (plus $5 or $10 processing fee, depending on the pass). Also has pass FAQs.

Interagency 4th Grade Pass (annual pass, free) www.everykidinapark.gov

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Annual Discover Pass is $30; Day Pass is $10 In person: Discover Pass (annual and day passes) State Park ranger at: - Pearrygin Lake State Park, Winthrop - Alta Lake State Park, Pateros (no transaction fees) Local vendors (annual and day passes) Pardners Mini Market, Winthrop, 996-2005

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Valley Hardware Do it Center, Twisp, 997-3355 Winthrop Ace Hardware, Winthrop, 996-2150 (transaction fees: $5, annual; $1.50, day)

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Online or by phone: https://discoverpass.wa.gov or (866) 320-9933 (transaction fees: $5, annual; $1.50, day)

Discover Your Northwest, www. discovernw.org (under “Rec Passes”).

When renewing vehicle license tabs (annual pass only): - In person at the Washington Department of Licensing - By mail with tab-renewal form - Online at www.dol.wa.gov - Methow Valley Licensing & Services, Twisp, 997-9009 Can purchase annual pass with vehicleregistration renewal; pass is sent from Olympia and takes about two weeks (no transaction fees)

Pass information and online purchases General info: Washington Trails Association: https://www.wta.org/go-outside/

Federal: U.S. Forest Service: www.fs.usda.gov/ okawen/. Click on the icon for “Passes,” where you can choose from the full list of annual and day federal passes. That includes the Northwest Forest passes, the Interagency Annual Pass (covers two people who sign the pass) and special passes for seniors 62 and over ($80, lifetime; $20, annual), active military (free, annual), and the disabled (free, lifetime). The page describes the different passes and gives pointers on choosing the right one for your interests. The free fourth-grade Every Kid in a Park pass is also available on that page. State: Discover Pass: https://discoverpass. wa.gov; frequently asked questions, exemptions, etc.

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Highway. A 1-mile loop trail on the Methow River floodplain is a fragrant oasis of birdsong, river views and shady cottonwoods. Interpretive signs along the trail describe Methow history, and current efforts to restore plants, river-flows, and fish in the Methow Valley. The 38-acre educational park is part of the Watershed Watchers outdoor education program. www.methowarts.org/river-cottonwood-trail.

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Take a walk, learn something A guide to the Methow Valley’s interpretive trails BY J OA NN A B A S T I A N

■ METHOW MONUMENT IN PATEROS Located along the shoreline of the Columbia River, the Methow Monument educational park recognizes the Methow’s role in shaping this community from past to present. Sculptures by Virgil “Smoker” Marchand portray a traditional salmon harvest. Visitors can enjoy a scenic view of the Columbia river framed by native plants, a pictograph tiled ADA sidewalk, interpretive signs, and a canvas teepee for children to enjoy. Follow the paved river trail to learn more about the history of Pateros. www. pateros.com/index.php/history/ pateros-museum. ■ METHOW VALLEY INTERPRETIVE CENTER AND NATIVE PLANT GARDENS The Methow Valley Interpretive Center building is closed until Phase III due to coronavirus precautions. Methow Valley News

The grounds and garden paths are open to pedestrian use. In the heart of the town of Twisp, the Methow Valley Interpretive Center and Native Plant Gardens showcase native plants, local artwork, a traditional pit house, and a fire lookout. www. methowvalleyinterpretivecenter.com.

■ TWISP PONDS DISCOVERY CENTER Located a half-mile west of Twisp on Twisp River Road, the Twisp Ponds Discovery Center is a network of streams and rearing ponds with easy walking trails. Whimsical artwork and interpretive stations celebrate steelhead trout, spring Chinook salmon, and coho salmon. Walking trails lined with willow, mock orange and wild roses pass through majestic black cottonwood stands with incredible bird-watching opportunities. A perfect place for children to explore. www.methowarts.org/ river-twisp-ponds-discovery-center.

■ HOMESTREAM PARK Homestream Park in Winthrop honors the rivers, fish and indigenous people who have lived here for thousands of years. The park is on Highway 20 adjacent to the Methow River bridge. Art installations depict a life-size Methow fish camp, chinook salmon building a spawning red, and nesting osprey above a kid’s play fort. www.homestreampark.com. ■ SHAFER HISTORICAL MUSEUM The Shafer Historical Museum buildings are closed until Phase III, due to coronavirus precautions. The grounds and footpath are open to pedestrians. Located on Castle Avenue above the main road in Winthrop, the Shafer Museum is a step back into homestead settlements of the Methow Valley at the beginning of the 21st century. Also accessible by stairs from Riverside Avenue. www. shafermuseum.org ■ GLACIER INTERPRETIVE LOOP TRAIL AT SUN MOUNTAIN This mile-long trail offers stunning views of the Methow Valley. Interpretive signs along the trail provide details about geology, flora, fauna

and landscapes carved by glacial activity. www.sunmountainlodge.com/ sun-mountain/hiking.

■ SA TEEKH WA TRAIL Use the pedestrian cable suspension bridge at 110 Bluff Street in Winthrop to access the Sa Teekh Wa Park located across the Chewuch River, and to the right. A 2-mile path is a pleasant stroll along a salmon spawning area. Interpretive signs commemorate the Methow’s first inhabitants, native plants and animals, and the Endangered Species Act’s role in the restoration of salmon to area rivers and streams. www.wta.org/ go-hiking/hikes/sa-teekh-wa-trail. ■ EARLY WINTERS CAMPGROUND Early Winters was a large permanent settlement that people continued to return to every year to fish, hunt and gather fruits and vegetables. Interpretive signs at the campground and along the river trail introduce visitors to the multitude of fish that can be found in the Methow River. www.fs.usda. gov/recarea/okawen/recreation/ recarea/?recid=59203. ■ WASHINGTON PASS Get a world-class view of Liberty Bell Mountain and the Early Winters Spires, at Washington Pass on the North Cascades Highway, after a short walk from the parking lot to the Washington Pass overlook. The grand spires are pillars of spiritual belief for the Methow people. Like the great cathedrals in Europe, the surrounding peaks are honored as sacred places. www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/ washington-pass-overlook.

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Outdoor public art: a Methow Valley guide BY A SHL E Y LO DATO

■ METHOW RIVER POEMS Located in six spots overlooking the Methow River and its headwaters deep in the North Cascades, the Methow River Poems invite visitors to experience the watershed through the words of the late Poet Laureate William Stafford. Commissioned by the U.S. Forest Service in 1992, the seven poems pay tribute to the landscape and character of the Methow Valley. www.methowarts.org/williamstaffordmethowriverpoems2020. ■ SPRING CREEK RANCH TRAILHEAD The Spring Creek Ranch Trailhead (formerly the Winthrop Town Trailhead, at the junction of Highway 20 and Twin Lakes Road) doesn’t get a lot of action in the summer, but it is well worth a walk across the pedestrian bridge – arguably a piece of art itself – just to see the two murals. Sponsored by the Methow Valley Nordic Club as part of its ongoing efforts to make trailheads more appealing, the mural “Winter in the Methow” was designed and painted by high school art students guided

by artist Tori Karpenko through Methow Arts’ Artist-in-Residence program. The individual scenes were inspired by historic images from the Shafer Historical Museum and contemporary pictures showing how people live, work and play during winter in the Methow Valley.

■ METHOW VALLEY WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL The memorial to Methow Valley Wildland Firefighters rests in the Mack Lloyd Park near the Winthrop Barn. Built by metal artist Barry Stromberger, the sculpture honors the 17 men and women who have lost their lives protecting the Methow Valley from wildfire since 1929. Wildland firefighting is integral to the history and culture of the Methow Valley, and the statue stands as a tribute to all ground and aerial firefighters, past, present and future. ■ RICHARD BEYER SCULPTURES Richard Beyer’s cast aluminum “The War of the Frogs and the Cranes” sits at Chickadee Trailhead, en route to Sun Mountain

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Lodge. A collaboration Liberty Bell High School students, the piece is at first mystifying, as your eyes sort out legs, wings, beaks. Another Beyer piece, “Grandsons Carrying Water to their Herbs,” is located in the Twisp Commons park, outside the Methow Valley Community Center. A prolific Northwest artist, Beyer’s sculptures reflect the character of the places they inhabit. https://okanogancountry.com/ poi/the-war-of-the-frogs--thecranes-chickadee-trail; https:// okanogancountry.com/poi/ grandsons-carrying-water.

■ BEEEST Hovering above the Twisp Commons park, “Beeest,” Barry Stromberger’s giant metal yellowjacket, was created from the bodies of three cars embedded in the banks of the Methow River. When the Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation, in collaboration with the state

Department of Natural Resources, launched a river cleanup and recovered about 40 old cars – “Detroit riprap” – Stromberger repurposed two black vehicles and a yellow Plymouth Cranbrook, welding them together to create the giant yellow and black predatory wasp, a nod to the insect that is allegedly the namesake of the town of Twisp. www.methowarts.org/beeest-1.

■ TWISP GATEWAYS Recently completed art installations can be viewed from Highway 20 at each end of Twisp. The works were created on a commission from the Town of Twisp by local artists Craig and Perri Howard. The installations, called “Mountain Home,” are intended to provide a visual welcome to people entering town. The artwork evokes the feeling of mountain ranges that provide the backdrop for Twisp and the Methow Valley.

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■ LOCAL FLY FISHING GUIDES • North Cascades Fly Fishing: Kevin VanBueren, 996-3731, www. fishandfloat.com, waterandsnow509@gmail.com • Methow Fishing Adventures: Leaf Seaburg and Sarah Lane, www.flyfishersproshop.com/blog/ locations, methowfishingadventures@gmail.com, (509) 429-7298 • Griff’s Fly Fishing Adventures, Rodney and Clint Griffith, (509) 929-3813, griffsflyfishing@ yahoo.com • Heavy Hitter Guide Service: Caine Brand, (509) 421-1235, https://www.facebook.com/ HeavyHitterGuideService/, cs– brand@hotmail.com

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■ FISHING LICENSE VENDORS • Brewster Pro Hardware, Brewster • Pardners Mini Market, Twisp • Quik-E-Mart, Brewster • Rawson’s, Omak • Valley Do It Center, Twisp • Ace Hardware, Winthrop Licenses expire every year on March 31 and new ones can be purchased online (https://fishhunt. dfw.wa.gov) or at registered vendors. Temporary licenses for one to three days area also available. Children under 15 fish for free in Washington. For complete information about state fishing regulations, visit https:// wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations. The accompanying Methow Valley Lake and Stream map includes just about all the basic information you need to get started. Here are some other local resources.

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METHOW STEELHEAD REGULATIONS: Opening and closure determined by WDFW During open season: 2 adipose fin clipped Steelhead can be taken per day. ALL WILD MUST BE RELEASED. Gold Creek to Lower Burma Bridge: May 27 - Sept 15 (unless opened by WSFW special regulations)

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Only unscented, artificial flies/lures with single barbless hooks are allowed. METHOW • No motorized boats, except under special rules for individual waters LOWER Electric motors allowed. BURMA BRIDGE Big Twin and Little Twin: Selective gear rules, trout limit, 1. Open Apr 22 - Oct 31 Black: Upper Chewuck, year round selective gear rules. H W Y See WDFW Fishing regs. for definition of terms, 15 additional closures, and whitefish seasons 3

All threatened or endangered species—Summer Steelhead, Spring Chinook Salmon, Bull Trout—must be released unharmed year-round, unless retention is allowed under special state rules. Report violations to WDFW Enforcement 509-322-4356 Questions contact Methow Fishing Adventures 509-429-7298 Content reviewed by WDFW.

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World-class rock climbing challenges — and easier pitches — abound in the Methow

THE METHOW VALLEY IS INCREASINGLY A HOT SPOT FOR THE UPWARDLY MOBILE.

PHOTO BY DON NELSON

That is, those who find are searching for easily accessible rock faces in a gorgeous setting. It seems that more routes are being added each year, and trails to the most popular areas are being upgraded. Rock climbing is most decidedly not a sport for everyone. Acrophobia — a debilitating fear of heights — holds many back from ever attempting to climb. After all, nearly all rock climbing involves ascending to the top of something high up. Others simply can’t wrap their heads around the idea of trusting one’s life to a 10mm rope and another human on the ground holding the other end of it. But those who love to climb are almost universal in how they articulate its appeal. Unlocking the series of moves that allows one to ascend a route. The laser focused required by a particularly scary sequence. Balancing delicately on tiny crystals, fingers crimping mere suggestions of handholds. Topping out on a climb, hands gritty, heart pumping, the world spread below and beyond you.

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■ MOUNTAINEERING A launching pad for anyone who wants to wander in the backcountry, find summits and figure out how to get to the top of them, the Methow Valley is the gateway to the North Cascades and the lifetime’s worth of peaks contained therein. The legendary late climber Fred Beckey spent his life in this wild country, and meticulously documented details of climbs and ascents in Volumes 2 and 3 of the Cascade Alpine Guide series, known simply as “the Beckey guidebooks.” You can find these at Mazama’s Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies shop. If you haven’t already, prep your North Cascades backcountry climbing experience with a viewing of “Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey,” a thoroughly entertaining documentary about the storied climber’s life. ■ FRONT COUNTRY CLIMBING In addition to being the place to prepare for your expedition into the backcountry, the Methow Valley can also answer your day-trip climbing needs. • Liberty Bell and Early Winters Spires: The climbs in the Liberty Bell/Early Winters Spires area are some of the best in Washington state, with solid rough granite and climbs ranging from moderate to difficult. This area is popular for good reason, but decades of popularity have resulted in considerable impact to the surrounding area, including human waste disposal issues, erosion and trail proliferation. The result of a collaborative effort with the U.S, Forest Service, the Access Fund, the National Forest Foundation, and other organizations, the presence of a seasonal climbing ranger with outreach and education information will be a Summer 2020


step toward mitigating human impact on the Liberty Bell/Early Winters Spires area. Please respect signs and use guidelines. • Fun Rock: The Fun Rock crags along Lost River Road are easily accessed from a climber’s parking area, about 1.4 miles northwest of the Mazama Store. With more than 50 routes ranging 5.5-5.13b, there is something for everyone (which is why this area gets crowded, particularly on weekends). You can get the Fun Rock guidebook at Goat’s Beard. • The Matrix: Located 1.6 miles south of Mazama and accessible from the Goat Creek Sno-Park, the 60-plus routes at The Matrix take some of the pressure off Fun Rock. They’re mostly sport routes, but there are a few trad lines as well. You’ll need the Matrix & Europa guidebook, since these climbs are not included in any other climbing guide. • Goat Wall: Goat Wall is 3 miles northwest of the Mazama Store on Lost River Road; you can’t miss this massive andesite wall that spans

several miles, towering 2,000 feet above the river. Routes abound. Get the climbing guide at Goat’s Beard. • Europa: Europa is a crag on Goat Wall with new and previously undocumented routes ranging from 5.6-5.12. Sun and great views make this a nice place to climb in the shoulder seasons or early on summer mornings. Goat’s Beard carries the Matrix & Europa guidebook. • West Chewuch/Falls Creek: Another new site can be found out the West Chewuch, above Falls Creek. Little is written about this new site; experienced climbers just head to the crags and get on the climbs. Eventually, www.mountainproject.com may have some information about this area. • Washington Pass Crags: Beat the summer heat at the crags just above the hairpin turn at Washington Pass. As with The Matrix area, these are mostly singlepitch bolted routes. This newly developed area gives you the feeling of climbing in the mountains yet is reachable by just a

5-minute walk from the road.

■ LEARNING THE ROPES If you don’t have the gear or experience to tackle climbing on your own, or if you want to take your climbing to the next level, it’s wise to take a class or enlist a guide. North Cascades Mountain Guides offers low-ratio climbing trips with world-class, certified guides. Want a family day at the crags? Or maybe you’re interested in experiencing multi-pitch climbing. NCMG has you covered. www.ncmountainguides.com, (509) 996-3194, 48 Lost River Road, Mazama. ■ GEAR UP Need gear? Climbing equipment and outdoor gear are available at several retailers: • Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies, located next to the Mazama Store, has the widest selection of climbing gear in the valley, including the climbing guidebook you’ll need if you’re going without a professional or

a local: Bryan Burdo’s “Mazama Sport Climbing.” Goat’s Beard also sells miniguides for other local crags, as well as the Beckey guidebooks. Find them at www. goatsbeardmountainsupplies. com. (509) 996-2515, 44 Lost River Road, Mazama. • Winthrop Mountain Sports, 257 Riverside Ave. in Winthrop, www. winthropmountainsports.com, (509) 996-2886 • Cascades Outdoor Store, 222 Riverside Ave. in Winthrop, www. cascadesoutdoorstore.com, (509) 996-3480.

■ KNOW THE RULES Always practice accepted climbing etiquette and take fundamental safety precaution; visit www. rockandice.com/how-to-climb/ best-rock-climbing-ethics-andpractices. There’s an entire book published every year (Accidents in North American Mountaineering) detailing accidents, near-misses, and fatalities in mountaineering and rock climbing. You should aim to stay out of it.

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Horseback heaven From day rides to backcountry trips, the Methow is the place to saddle up

WHETHER YOU’RE EAGER TO LIVE OUT YOUR COWBOY FANTASIES OR JUST SAVE

yourself a hard hike into the backcountry, horseback riding in the Methow Valley is an experience not to be missed. From horseback you can access parts of the valley that may be out of reach for many on foot. And perhaps best of all, when you’re on horseback you can spend all your time enjoying the scenery and none of it watching where you put your feet – leave that work up to your trusty horse! 36

Why not take a trail ride into the forested hills and mountain peaks near Mazama? Or ride out along the meandering Chewuch River to beat the summer heat? Maybe you want frontrow seats (or should we say saddles?) to see the arrowleaf balsamroot in full golden yellow bloom from the trails at Sun Mountain Lodge? It’s all within your reach, and there are many knowledgeable horse people in the Methow Valley who can help you find the right riding experience for you – no matter what your skill level. If you’re looking for an extended adventure into the backcountry, the horse packers and outfitters of the Methow Valley are part of a tradition that has brought visitors

into beautiful, remote stretches of wilderness for more than 100 years. Outfitters have seasoned horses that know the terrain, and strong mules that are ready to carry all the makings of a comfortable – even deluxe – camp. Relax by the campfire and enjoy a cocktail after a scenic ride into the mountains, or a day fishing on an alpine lake, while the camp cook prepares your delicious meal. Or, if you want a bit more of a hands-off approach, many outfitters will offer what’s called a “drop camp.” They’ll deliver your gear by horse and mule to an agreed-upon location and then pick it up when you’re done with your backcountry adventure.

For visitors who own their own horses and can trailer them to the Methow, there are plenty of options to BYOH. Whether you’re on your own horse or one of the tried-and-true mountain horses of the valley, riding in the Methow is a “once in a lifetime experience that you’ll want to repeat over and over again,” said Cathy Upper, longtime Methow Valley horsewoman. “There is so much public land – lots of places to check out. It’s a fabulous place to ride.” For information, visit the Back Country Horsemen website, www.mvbch.com. The Washington Outfitters and Guide Association has information about local outfitters at www.woga.org. Summer 2020


Packers, outfitters and trail rides Cascade Wilderness Outfitters Steve and Jess Darwood (509) 322-3809 www.cascadewildernessoutfitters.com pack trips, drop camps, hunting trips

Early Winters Outfitting

Aaron Lee and Judy Burkhart (509) 996-2659 www.earlywintersoutfitting.com pack trips, drop camps, day rides, riding lessons

Highland Stage Company

Donald and Lorah Super (509) 923-1944 pack trips, drop camps, horsedrawn stagecoach camping trips

JD Outfitters (Sun Mountain Lodge)

John and Debbie “Red” Schrock day rides of varying durations, dinner rides (509) 996-4735 www.sunmountainlodge.com Sawtooth Outfitters Brian Varrelman (509) 923-2548 www.altalake.com/sawtoothoutfitters.html pack trips, drop camps, hunting trips, day rides Chewack River Guest Ranch Don and Chris Lundgren 588 E. Chewuch Road, Winthrop (509) 996-2497 http://chewackranch.com Trail rides, cattle drives, public stables

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More than 40 Methow Valley businesses are represented in the Methow Made program sponsored by TwispWorks. For a complete list, visit www. methowmade.com. Many local retailers carry selections of Methow-made products. Don’t miss either the Farmers Market at the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp, on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon; or the Winthrop Market at Mack Lloyd Park (near the Winthrop Barn) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sundays.

For lots of useful information, you may be able to find copies of the 2019 Methow Made publication produced by the Methow Valley News in conjunction with TwispWorks. To see a digital version, go to www. methowvalleynews.com, scroll to the bottom of the home page and click on the Methow Made cover. The 2020 version will be available in August at locations throughout the valley. For more information, call TwispWorks at 997-3300.

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The portable Methow Locally made products will provide a lasting impression of your visit THE METHOW VALLEY memories tangible by IS MORE THAN A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO VISIT AND RECREATE.

It’s a working community, full of creative, energetic people who make their livelihoods growing, creating or producing things that are entirely portable, enjoyable and durable.

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taking home, or ordering online, something from the attractive array of locally made, manufactured, grown or created goods – including beer, wine, coffee, cider, spring water, grains, meats, fruits and vegetables, jams and jellies, hot sauce, honey, baked goods, cheese, soaps, lotions, arts, crafts, plants, jewelry, knives and more.

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After dark Look skyward for a spectacular view of the universe BY DAVID WARD

Welcome to summer and a beautiful night sky filled with stars, four bright planets, the Milky Way, and even shooting stars. If only we could stay up long enough for it to get dark! At the summer solstice, the sun does not set until 9 p.m. and it does not get really dark until a couple of hours after that. Daylight hours gradually recede as the summer progresses. If you do stay up, probably the first star you will see will be Arcturus, an orangecolored star high in the south just before it gets completely dark. It is the fourthbrightest star in the entire sky, winter and summer, and relatively close to us, astronomically speaking of course. If you plan to visit Arcturus, you might have to take some extra vacation time. The trip on our fastest rocket ship would take about 700,000 years one way. Over in the east, the Summer Triangle, made up of the three bright stars Vega, Altair and Deneb, will come into view shortly after Arcturus. They will be around all summer and into the fall. As summer progresses they will move into the west, which is caused not by their movement, Methow Valley News

but rather our movement around the sun. You may have noticed that the really bright object which has been hanging around in the west after sunset is no longer there. What happened to Venus? She rode off into the sunset and is now hanging out in the east just before sunrise. You have to get up early to see her, but she’s worth it, a brilliant light low to the eastern horizon. ■ JUPITER AND SATURN The big attraction this summer will be Jupiter and Saturn quite close together in the southeast. Drag that telescope out of the attic that you have not used for years, and you will be able to spot the rings of Saturn and the four largest moons of Jupiter. Jupiter is the bright one to the right of Saturn. Farther left of the pair of planets, look for a reddish object shining a little brighter than Saturn. Guess what that is? I bet you know – Mars. Watch it get brighter all summer as we catch up to it in its orbit around the sun. In October it will be at its closest and may even out shine Jupiter. The grandest sight up there in the summer is the Milky Way galaxy, our home in the vast cosmos. Look for it in the east, a band of light stretching clear across the

sky. It has to be completely dark without a moon to get a good view of it. Later in the summer, it will be easier to spot when it goes up right overhead and you do not have to stay up so late. The Old Faithful of meteor showers is coming in August: At almost mid-month, simply look up for a show emanating from the heavens above, the Perseid meteor shower. They are not really actual stars flying across the sky – shooting sand would be a more accurate description. Every August, the Earth’s path around the sun takes us through a debris field in space left over from a comet known as Swift Tuttle. All other astronomical phenomenon we see are big and far away. Their distances from us are so vast that zeros in their numbers run half way across the page. Their mammoth sizes make us feel like insignificant mosquitoes buzzing around on a summer evening. Here is your chance to be dazzled by something that is very small and quite close to us. So what is all the fuss about mere sand? It is fast sand and it is slamming into our upper atmosphere at 70 times the speed of a bullet shot out of a high-powered rifle.

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When these sand grains encounter the first few molecules of air 100 miles or so up, they heat up instantly. Their high temperature ionizes a column of air and that is what we actually see streaking across the sky. Starting in early August, you can start to see some of the meteors in the sky, If at first you do not see much, try a little later. There are often smaller peaks and bursts in the show from time to time. The best time of night to view these meteors is after midnight and just before dawn. The reason it is called the Perseid shower is because it appears to be coming out of the constellation Perseus, right near the famous double cluster in Perseus. While you are out there looking for meteors, see if you can find this little gem of stars between the constellations Cassiopeia and Perseus. Early in the evening it can be found low in the northeast but later the rotation of the Earth will carry it higher into the sky. The stars of Perseus are much farther away than the meteors themselves. Enjoy the wonders of the night sky and do not forget to bring your mosquito repellant. 39


Visitor information Help when you need it ■ INFORMATION CENTERS

TWISP: 997-2926; 201 Methow Valley Highway (Methow Valley Community Center) WINTHROP: 996-2125 or (888) 4638469; 202 Riverside Ave.

■ NEED A PLACE TO STAY?

METHOW RESERVATIONS: 996-2148 or (800) 422-3048; www.methowreservations.net; info@methowreservations.net

■ OPEN LATE

HANK’S MINI MARKET: 410 E. Methow Valley Highway, Twisp; 9974332; until 10 p.m. every day; 24-hour fueling MAZAMA STORE: 50 Lost River Road, Mazama; 996-2855; 24-hour fueling PARDNERS MINI MARKET: 900 Highway 20, Winthrop; 996-2005; until midnight every day; 24-hour fueling TWISP CHEVRON: 126 N. Methow Valley Highway; 997-3181; until 10 p.m. weekdays and Sunday, 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 24-hour fueling

■ AIRPORTS

TWISP MUNICIPAL AIRPORT: 40 Wagner Road, Twisp; 997-2311. METHOW VALLEY STATE AIRPORT: Twisp-Winthrop Eastside Road; (360) 618-2477

■ NEED A TOW?

CLASSIC TOWING, TWISP: 9972333 WINTHROP MOTORS: 996-2277

■ POST OFFICES

CARLTON: 997-6091; 2274 Highway 153 METHOW: (509) 923-2759; 34 Main St. TWISP: 997-3777; 205 Glover St. WINTHROP: 996-2282; 1110 Highway 20

■ PET PROBLEMS?

METHOW VALLEY VETERINARY HOSPITAL: 910 Highway 20, Winthrop: 996-3231 VALLEY VETERINARY CLINIC: 20335 Highway 20, Twisp; 997-8452 WINTHROP VETERINARY SERVICES: 19100 Highway 20; 996-2793

■ NEED TO CHARGE YOUR ELECTRIC VEHICLE?

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TWISPWORKS: 502 S. Glover St., Twisp, 997-3300, twispworks.org PINE NEAR RV PARK: 316 Castle Ave., Winthrop; (509) 341-4062, www. pinenearpark.com MAZAMA COUNTRY INN: 15 Country Road, Mazama; 996-2681; www. mazamacountryinn.com SUN MOUNTAIN LODGE, WINTHROP: 996-2211; www.sunmountainlodge.com TWISP RIVER SUITES: 140 W. Twisp Ave., Twisp, 997-0100, www.twispriversuites.com.

okanogansheriff.org WASHINGTON STATE PATROL: (509) 422-3800 OKANOGAN COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT 6: 997-2981 AERO METHOW RESCUE SERVICE: 997-4013; www.aeromethow.org

■ LIBRARIES

TWISP: 997-4681; 201 Methow Valley Highway (Methow Valley Community Center); wireless hot spot WINTHROP: 996-2685; 49 Highway 20; wireless hot spot

■ CAB & SHUTTLE

METHOW MOTION SHUTTLE SERVICES: 996-2894; www.methowmotion20.com; reservations@methowmotion20.com

■ NEED TO CLEAN UP?

LAUNDROMAT, SHOWERS AND FREE WI-FI AT WASHWORKS: 325 E.Highway 20, Twisp; 997-0336; www. hwy20washworks.com RECREATION INFORMATION U.S. FOREST SERVICE: 996-4000; 24 West Chewuch Rd., Winthrop METHOW TRAILS: 996-2387; 309 Riverside Ave., Winthrop; www.methowtrails.com; info@ methowtrails.com WINTHROP RINK: 996-4199, www. winthropicerink.com WAGNER MEMORIAL POOL,

■ POLICE/EMERGENCY

EMERGENCY: 911 TWISP POLICE DEPARTMENT: 9976112; 118 S. Glover St.; townoftwisp. com/index.php/departments/ police-department/ WINTHROP MARSHAL’S OFFICE:996-2160; 206 Riverside Ave.;www. winthropmarshals.com OKANOGAN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE: (509) 422-7232; www.

TWISP: 997-5441 PEARRYGIN LAKE STATE PARK, WINTHROP: 996-2370; www.parks. wa.gov/563/Pearrygin-Lake CASCADE LOOP SCENIC HIGHWAY: www.cascadeloop.com NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK: Newhalem visitor center, (206)386-4495 ext.11; www.nps.gov/ noca/index.htm WASHINGTON DEPT. OF FISH & WILDLIFE:(360) 902-2200; www.wdfw. wa.gov

■ CAR WASH

CASCADE KING’S: 1421 Methow Valley Hwy S. Twisp; 997-2513; www. kingstire.biz

■ BANKS

NORTH CASCADES BANK: 101 Methow Valley Highway N., Twisp; 997-2411; www.northcascadesbank.com FARMERS STATE BANK: 159 Riverside Ave., Winthrop; 996-2244; www. farmersstatebankwa.com

■ CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

TWISP: 997-2020; www.twispinfo.com

Methow Valley Ciderhouse refreshing your Methow adVentures sinCe 2010 liVe MusiC Outside Fridays & saturdays 12 taps With rOtating Ciders, BreWs & Wine lunCh & dinner With BBq, hOuse smOked meats & artisan Brats salads, sandWiChes, & desserts Vegan & gluten Free OptiOns kid & pet Friendly | OutdOOr games | lOts OF parking Summer HourS - open Daily

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WINTHROP: 996-2125; www.winthropwashington.com OMAK: (509) 826-1880 or (800) 225-6625; www.omakchamber.com OKANOGAN: (509) 422-4034; www. okanogachamber.com BREWSTER: (509) 689-3464; www. brewsterchamber.org PATEROS: (509) 923-9636; www. pateros.com

FAMILY HEALTH CENTERS MEDICAL CLINIC, TWISP: 997-2011 BREWSTER CLINIC: (509) 826-1800 STEVEN C. HARROP DDS, WINTHROP: 996-2164 SAWTOOTH DENTAL CARE, TWISP: 997-7533 ULRICH’S PHARMACY, TWISP: 997-2191

■ RECYCLING

■ HIGHWAY INFORMATION

METHOW RECYCLES: 997-0520; 12 Twisp Airport Road; www.methowrecycles.org

■ GOVERNMENT

CITY OF PATEROS: (509) 923-2571; www.pateros.com TOWN OF TWISP: 997-4081; 118 S. Glover St.; www.townoftwisp.com TOWN OF WINTHROP: 996-2320, 206 Riverside Ave., www.townofwinthrop.com

■ HEALTH CARE

THREE RIVERS HOSPITAL, BREWSTER: (509) 689-2086; www. threerivershospital.net MID-VALLEY HOSPITAL, OMAK: (509)826-1760; www.mvhealth.org CONFLUENCE HEALTH METHOW VALLEY CLINIC, WINTHROP: 996-8180

WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: Dial 511 for pass and road information; www.wsdot.wa.gov

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VIRGINIAN RESORT

HOME OF THE BLUES Featuring Cabins & Rooms on the River starting at $69 per night

Free Continental • Military Discounts Group Rates • Free WiFi • Satellite TV • Pet Friendly Call to make your reservation!

toll free 866-996-2535 or 509-996-2535 808 Hwy 20 • 1/2 mile from Downtown Winthrop

■ INFORMATION & MEDIA

METHOW VALLEY NEWS: 9977011; 502 S. Glover St., Twisp; www. methowvalleynews.com; frontdesk@ methowvalleynews.com WWW.METHOWNET.COM WWW.METHOW.COM KTRT, 97.5 FM KCSY, 106.3FM KOZI, 93.5FM KTWP (PUBLIC RADIO), 91.1FM KOMW, 95.1

All 996 and 997 prefixes are in the 509 area code.

ON THE SUNNY BANKS OF THE COLUMBIA RIVER

Four miles south of the historic Beebe Bridge on Highway 97 sits our year-round cozy café/fruit stand/gift shop, housed inside a 100+ year-old apple packing shed.

Step inside Lone Pine Fruit & Espresso, relax and enjoy! Seasonal Apples, Pears, Plums, Pumpkins, Jams, Honey & Spices, and much more produce. Northwest Wines, MicroBrews, Local Gifts, Espresso, Ice Cream, Deli Menu, Baked Goods & Homemade Pies.

OPEN YEAR ROUND Spring / Summer - 7am-6pm Fall / Winter - 7am-5pm 7 Days A Week (Closed Some Holidays) 23041 Hwy 97, Orondo • mile post 230/231

509-682-1514 • www.lonepinefruit.com Methow Valley News

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Featured Lodging mazamacountryinn.com

800-843-7951 15 Country Rd., Mazama mazamaranchhouse.com

996-2040 10 Country Rd., Mazama mazamacountryinn.com

800-843-7951 Nordic Village Road, Mazama pinenearpark.com

341-4062 316 Castle Ave., Winthrop silverlineresort.com

996-2448 677 Bear Creek Rd, Winthrop springcreekwinthrop.com

996-2495 22 Belsby Rd., Winthrop

With 18 guest rooms and over 35 private cabins available for rent, your ideal escape is here at the Mazama Country Inn. Relax in our comfortable air conditioned guest rooms and enjoy a variety of activities in the area. See our website for more information. 

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Our Ranch House is surrounded by fields, snow-capped mountains and large ponderosa pines. Step from your porch onto the sport trail system for hikers, bikers, horse riders, and skiers. We offer onsite horse facilities, free with room rental. We’re also a spectacular setting for weddings, family reunions, and other events. Location, location, location! Directly across the road from the Mazama Store! New 2 bedroom, 2 bath, legal nightly rental. AC, electric and gas heat, fully furnished kitchen, washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, TV with Netflix, DVD player, automatic generator. Open year-round, one block above Winthrop’s Main Street, Pine Near has small to large, fully stocked cabins, 30/50amp RV sites, tent sites, tipis. Private, coin-showers, restrooms, and coin-laundry. Electric car charging. Excellent cell reception — complimentary wireless internet throughout the grounds. Located directly on the shore of Pearrygin Lake, Silverline Resort RV park & campground offers great water sports and family fun galore! Fishing, swimming, boating & skiing. Or simply enjoy a quiet spot along the lakefront. Our parklike grounds offer everything from tent sites to large, level full hook-up pull-thrus. A stay at Spring Creek Ranch is more than just a vacation, it’s an experience. The three lodging options (Ranch House and cozy cabins) on our sixty-acre family ranch along the Methow River each come with plush beds and down duvets. Stroll into Winthrop in the summer or ski from your front door in the winter.

Experience down-home, river front luxury and unparalleled hospitality in Twisp, the heart of the Methow Valley. Centrally for outdoor adventure, Twisp River Suites is the 855-784-8328 located perfect summer getaway. Play outside all day, sink into luxurious comfort at night. We offer pet-friendly options and 140 West Twisp Ave., Twisp an all-inclusive gourmet breakfast. twispriversuites.com

thevirginianresorts.com

866-996-2535 808 Hwy 20, Winthrop

Rustic, affordable lodging located along the edge of the Methow River, only half a mile from downtown Winthrop shops. Pet friendly, with a variety of room types and individual cabins. Continental breakfast included. For your enjoyment, we offer picnic tables, basketball, volleyball, horseshoe pit, complimentary bicycles, free Wi-Fi and barbecues.

THE VIRGINIAN RESORT

Phone numbers with 996 and 997 prefixes have a 509 area code. The expanded listings above are paid for by our advertisers to give you a better idea of what they offer. Establishments featured above are also listed in the complete lodging guide to the right.

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Brown’s Farm | 887 Wolf Creek Road, Winthrop | 996-2571 | methownet.com/brownsfarm

Bunkhouse Inn | 209 Bluff Street, Winthrop | 996-2148 | bunkhouseinn.squarespace.com

Chewuch Inn & Cabins | 223 White Avenue, Winthrop | 996-3107 | chewuchinn.com

Duck Brand Hotel | 248 Riverside Avenue, Winthrop | 996-2408 | duckbrandwinthrop.com

Farm House | 709 Hwy 20, Winthrop | 996-3113 | winthropchalets.com

Freestone Inn | 31 Early Winters Drive, Mazama | 996-3906/800-639-3809 | freestoneinn.com

Hazel’s Nightly Rental | 127 Riverside Avenue, Winthrop | 996-2148 | methownet.com/hazels 

Idle-A-While Motel | 505 North Hwy 20, Twisp | 997-3222 | idle-a-while-motel.com

Mazama Country Inn | 15 Country Road, Mazama | 996-2681/800-843-7951 | mazamacountryinn.com

Methow River Lodge & Cabins | 110 White Avenue (Twin Lakes Road) Winthrop | 996-4348 | methowriverlodge.com

Methow Suites B&B | 620 Moody Lane, Twisp | 997-5970 | methowsuites.com

Methow Valley Inn | 234 East 2nd Street, Twisp | 996-2148 | methowvalleyinn.com

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Mt Gardner Inn | 611 Hwy 20, Winthrop | 996-2000 | mtgardnerinn.com

Nordic Village Cabin  |  1 Nordic Village Road, Mazama | 800-843-7951 | mazamacountryinn.com

North Cascades Mountain Hostel | 209 Castle Avenue, Winthrop | 206-940-4507 | northcascadesmountainhostel.com

Pine Near RV & Campground | 316 Castle Avenue, Winthrop | 509-341-4062 | pinenearpark.com

Riverbend RV Park | 19961 Hwy 20, Twisp | 997-3500/800-686-4498 | riverbendrv.com

River Run Inn | 27 Rader Road, Winthrop | 800-757-2709 | riverrun-inn.com

River’s Edge Resort | 115 Riverside Avenue, Winthrop | 996-8000 | riversedgewinthrop.com

River Pines inn | 114 Bluff Street, Winthrop | 509-322-4062 | riverpinesinn.com

Rolling Huts | 18381 Hwy 20, Winthrop | 996-4442/877-223-1137 | rollinghuts.com

Silverline Resort | 677 Bear Creek Road, Winthrop | 996-2448 | silverlineresort.com

Sportsman Motel | 1010 Hwy 20, Twisp | 997-2911

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Spring Creek Ranch | 22 Belsby Road, Winthrop | 996-2495 | springcreekwinthrop.com

Sun Mountain Lodge | 604 Patterson Lake Road, Winthrop | 996-2211/800-572-0493 | sunmountainlodge.com

Timberline Meadows | 45 Timberline Lane, Winthrop | 844-430-8977 | timberlinemeadows.com

Twisp River Inn | 894 Twisp River Road, Twisp | 997-4011 | twispriverinn.com

Twisp River Suites | 140 West Twisp Avenue, Twisp | 997-0100/855-784-8328 | twispriversuites.com

Twisp Terrace Lodge | 20556 Hwy 20, Twisp | 888-550-5919 | twispterrace.com

Virginian Resort | 808 Hwy 20, Winthrop | 996-2535/866-996-2535 | thevirginianresort.com

Winthrop Inn | 960 Hwy 20, Winthrop | 996-2217/800-444-1972 | winthropinn.com

Winthrop KOA Campground | 1114 Hwy 20, Winthrop | 996-2258/800-562-2158 | koa.com/campgrounds/winthrop

Winthrop Mountain View Chalets | 1120 Hwy 20, Winthrop | 996-3113/800-527-3113 | winthropchalets.com

Wolf Creek Cabins & Lodging | 1 Wolf Ridge Lane, Winthrop | 996-2148/800-422-3048 | wolfcreek-lodging.com

Wolf Ridge Resort | 22 Wolf Ridge Lane, Winthrop | 996-2828 | wolfridge-resort.com

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Hotel Rio Vista | 285 Riverside Avenue, Winthrop | 996-3535/800-398-0911 | hotelriovista.com

Mazama Ranch House | 10 Country Road, Mazama | 996-2040 | mazamaranchhouse.com

Pet friendly

Pool

Kitchen/Kitchenette

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AbbyCreek Inn | 1006 Hwy 20, Winthrop | 996-3100 | abbycreekinn.com

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Featured Eateries east20pizza.com

996-3996 720 Hwy 20, Winthrop

East 20 Pizza is open daily to serve the freshest pizza & coldest beer around! Our pizza dough is made each day with locally grown wheat, and we are proud to feature ingredients that are locally grown and sourced. Enjoy a cold beer or a glass of local wine or cider on our deck!

hanksharvestfoods.com

Hank’s Deli offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We offer daily specials and custom-made sandwiches, salads, soup 997-7711 and chili. Enjoy a freshly made donut and Blue Star coffee to start your day, or end your day with one of our dinner 412 E. Methow Valley Hwy., specials and save yourself from a night of cooking! Twisp

997-2100 202 N. Methow Valley Hwy., Twisp

997-0247 102 Highway 20, Twisp

Mazamacountryinn.com

800-843-7951 15 Country Rd., Mazama

Hometown pizza is the Methow Valley’s choice for affordable family dining! Featuring stone baked pizzas made from scratch, using family recipes. Enjoy a fresh salad, or a sub on a house made roll. We offer take out and take & bake. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

HOMETOWN PIZZA

Lafonda Lopez Restaurant is family-friendly and offers a variety of foods: Mexican, pasta dishes, curries, burgers, vegetarian and daily specials. We serve an array of margaritas and cocktails. Please call us for catering menu options! Summer hours 12-8, Monday through Saturday, with patio seating. The Mazama Country Inn serves delicious Northweststyle food with vegetarian and vegan options. Boxed Continental Breakfasts for Inn Guests. Take out dinner options Thursday-Sunday, 4-8 PM, please call ahead with CC to order.  See our website for details. 

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oldschoolhousebrewery.com Old Schoolhouse Brewery is proud to be called the living room of the Methow Valley. Our goal is to provide a 996-3183 fun, community gathering space with our amazing, awardwinning brews and the freshest, most delicious, local ingredients we can find. Come grab a pint and enjoy our 155 Riverside Ave., finest! Winthrop oldschoolhousebrewery.com We have a comfortable, art-focused post-adventure hangout spot waiting for you in our Old Schoolhouse Taproom at TwispWorks, where we love hosting music and local 997-0902 events. We have a selection of our tasty brews, wine, cider, kombucha and sparkling water, as well as snacks to keep 502 S. Glover #10, Twisp you going.

996-2175 228 Riverside Ave., Winthrop

The Winthrop Store is not just your local gas station! Stop by for a delicious made to order sandwich from our Deli. We offer espresso, gourmet chocolates, wine and cigars, craft beer and ciders. At the pumps we feature non-ethanol supreme. Be sure to check out our gifts and souvenirs!

The Winthrop Store The Downtown Winthrop Gas Station 228 Riverside Ave.

Espresso ~ Guido’s Deli ~ Gifts ~ Fuel Deli Sandwiches made to order ~ Call in orders welcome! Mix & Match Craft Beers or Ciders ~ Non-Ethanol Supreme

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: winthropstore

509-996-2175 Phone numbers with 996 and 997 prefixes have a 509 area code. The expanded listings above are paid for by our advertisers to give you a better idea of what they offer. Establishments featured above are also listed in the complete dining guide to the right.

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Cuisine type

Meals served

Copper Glance | 134A Riverside Ave., Winthrop | copperglancewinthrop.com

Small plates

D, Late

Duck Brand | 248 Riverside Ave., Winthrop | 996-2408 | facebook.com/DuckBrand

Multi-cuisine

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East 20 Pizza | 720 Highway 20, Winthrop | 996-3996 | east20pizza.com

Pizza

L, D

El Valle | 123 N. Glover St., Twisp | 997-7829

Mexican, American B, L, D

Freestone Inn | 31 Early Winters Drive, Mazama | 996-3906 | freestoneinn.com

Multi-cuisine

B, D

Glover Street Market | 124 N. Glover St., Twisp | 997-1320 | gloverstreetmarket.com

Deli

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Hank’s Harvest Foods | 412 E. Methow Valley Highway, Twisp | 997-7711 | hanksharvestfoods.com

Deli

Hometown Pizza | 202 Methow Valley Highway, Twisp | 997-2100 | Hometownpizza.com

Pizza, Deli

Jack’s Hut  |  Freestone Inn, 31 Early Winters Drive, Mazama  |  996-3212  |  freestoneinn.com

Reservations Wheelchair accessible Take-out available Beer/Wine/ Cocktails

Kid friendly

Dining Guide

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L, D

Pizza

L, D

Kind Grinds | 94 Bridge St., Winthrop | 996-4563 | facebook.com/kindgrinds

Coffee, Deli

B, L

LaFonda Lopez | 102 Highway 20, Twisp | 997-0247 | lafondalopez.com

Multi-cuisine

L, D

Linwood Restaurant | 108 Glover St N., Twisp | 513-407-0514 | linwoodtwisp.com

Comfort, Asian

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Mazama Country Inn | 15 Country Rd., Mazama | 996-2681 | mazamacountryinn.com

American

B, D

Mazama Store | 50 Lost River Rd., Mazama | 996-2855 | themazamastore.com

Bakery, Deli

B, L

Methow Valley Ciderhouse | 28 Highway 20, Winthrop | 341-4354 | methowvalleyciderhouse.com

American

L, D

Methow Valley Thriftway | 920 Highway 20, Winthrop | 996-2525

Deli

B, L, D

Mick & Miki’s Red Cedar Bar |  110 S. Glover St., Twisp | 997-6425 | facebook.com/Mick-Mikis-Red-Cedar-Bar

Burgers

L, D

Old Schoolhouse Brewery | 155 Riverside Ave., Winthrop | 996-3183 | oldschoolhousebrewery.com

Pub grub

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Old Schoolhouse Brewery Taproom | TwispWorks, Twisp | 997-0902 | oldschoolhousebrewery.com Snacks + drinks

Late

Oliver’s Artisan Kitchen | 100 Bridge St., Winthrop | 996-2020 | oliversartisankitchen.com

Bakery, Bistro

B, L, D

Pardner’s Mini Market | 900 Highway 20, Winthrop | 996-2005

Deli

B, L, D

Rocking Horse Bakery | 265 Riverside Ave., Winthrop | 996-4241 | rockinghorsebakery.com

Bakery, Deli

B, L

Sun Mountain Lodge | 604 Patterson Lake Rd., Winthrop | 996-2211 | sunmountainlodge.com

Fine dining, casual B, D

Tappi | 201 S. Glover St., Twisp | 997-3345 | tappitwisp.com

Italian, Pizza

D

Three Fingered Jack’s | 176 Riverside Ave., Winthrop | 996-2411 | 3fingeredjacks.com

American

L, D, Late

Twisp Chevron | 126 Methow Valley Highway, Twisp | 997-3181

Deli

L

Winthrop Store | 228 Riverside Ave., Winthrop | 996-2175 | facebook.com/winthropstore

Deli

B, L

Wolf Creek Bar & Grill at Sun Mountain Lodge | (800) 572-0493 | sunmountainlodge.com

Fine dining, casual L, D

Woodstone Pizzeria at Rolling Huts  | 18381 Highway 20, Mazama | 996-9804 | woodstoneatwesola.com

Pizza

Methow Valley News

B, L, D

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Directory of Advertisers ■ AUTOMOTIVE/FUEL King’s Pacific Pride & Carwash . . 25 Mazama Store, The . . . . . . . . . . 19 Pardners Mini Mart . . . . . . . . . . 30 Winthrop Store, The . . . . . . . . . . 16 ■ BICYCLE DEALERS/REPAIR Methow Cycle & Sport . . . . . . . . 11 ■ CAFÉS/DINING/ESPRESSO Cascadian Farm Organic . . . . . . 29 Cinnamon Twisp Bakery . . . . . . . 6 Hank’s Harvest Foods . . . . . . . . 20 Hometown Pizza . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 LaFonda Lopez . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Lone Pine Fruit & Espresso . . . . . 41 Mazama Country Inn . . . . . . . . . 17 Mazama Store, The . . . . . . . . . . 19 Methow Valley Ciderhouse . . . . 40 Old Schoolhouse Brewery . . . . . 16 Sun Mountain Lodge . . . . . . . . . 13 Winthrop Store, The . . . . . . . . . . 16 ■ CAMPGROUNDS/RV PARKS Pine Near Campground . . . . . . . 6 Riverbend RV Park . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Silverline Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 ■ CAR WASH King’s Pacific Pride & Carwash . . 25 ■ EMERGENCY SERVICES Aero Methow Rescue Service . . . 19 ■ EVENT FACILITIES Mazama Country Inn . . . . . . . . . 17 Mazama Ranch House . . . . . . . 24 Merc Playhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Pipestone Canyon Ranch . . . . . . 3

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Spring Creek Ranch . . . . . . . . . 37 Sun Mountain Lodge . . . . . . . . . 13

■ GROCERIES Hank’s Harvest Foods . . . . . . . . 20 Mazama Store, The . . . . . . . . . . 19 Pardners Mini Mart . . . . . . . . . . 30 ■ HARDWARE STORES Valley Hardware Do-it Center . . . 30 Winthrop ACE Hardware . . . . . . . 6 ■ HEALTH/MEDICAL Cascade Rolfing . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Confluence Health . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Family Health Centers . . . . . . . . . 6 Jason Rumohr, Hellerwork . . . . . . 11 Ulrich’s Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . . . 37 ■ INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS Methownet.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 ■ LOCAL GOODS & PRODUCE Bluebird Grain Farms . . . . . . . . 23 Cascadian Farm Organic . . . . . . 29 Lone Pine Fruit & Espresso . . . . . 41 Mazama Store, The . . . . . . . . . . 19 Methow Makers Market . . . . . . .37 Methow Valley Ciderhouse . . . . 40 Methow Valley Farmers Market . 20 Old Schoolhouse Brewery . . . . . 16 ■ LODGING Mazama Country Inn . . . . . . . . . 17 Mazama Ranch House . . . . . . . 24 Methow Reservations . . . . . . . . 48 Silverline Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Spring Creek Ranch . . . . . . . . . .37 Sun Mountain Lodge . . . . . . . . . 13

Twisp River Suites . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Virginian Resort, The . . . . . . . . . 41 Winthrop Mountain View Chalets . 16

■ SPA SERVICES Mount Gardner Massage . . . . . . 10 Nectar Skin Bar & Boutique . . . . 30 Sun Mountain Lodge . . . . . . . . . 13 ■ MUSEUMS Shafer Historical Museum . . . . . 24 ■ ORGANIZATIONS Classroom in Bloom . . . . . . . . . . 16 Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance 10 Methow Conservancy . . . . . . . . 30 Methow Recycles . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Methow Salmon Recovery . . . . . 22 Methow Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Shafer Historical Museum . . . . . 24 ■ PHARMACIES Ulrich’s Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . . . 37 ■ PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Methow House Watch . . . . . . . 40 ■ RADIO KTRT 97.5 FM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 ■ REAL ESTATE Blue Sky Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . 2 Coldwell Banker Winthrop Realty . 2 Hungry Mountain Ranch . . . . . . . 15 Windermere Real Estate . . . . . . . 16

Methow Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 North Cascades Fly Fishing . . . . 23 Slidewaters Waterpark . . . . . . . 25 Sun Mountain Lodge . . . . . . . . . 13 Winthrop Mountain Sports . . . . . 15

■ RECYCLING SERVICES Methow Recycles . . . . . . . . . . . 22 ■ RETAIL Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies 35 Lone Pine Fruit & Espresso . . . . . 41 Mazama Store, The . . . . . . . . . . 19 Methow Cycle & Sport . . . . . . . . 11 Nectar Skin Bar & Boutique . . . . 30 Outdoorsman, The . . . . . . . . . . 32 Sun Mountain Lodge . . . . . . . . . 13 Twisp House of Cannabis . . . . . .47 Ulrich’s Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Wine Shed, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Winthrop Mountain Sports . . . . . 15 Winthrop Store, The . . . . . . . . . . 16 ■ SERVICES Mtn. Annex . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 ■ SPORTING GOODS Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies 35 Methow Cycle & Sport . . . . . . . . 11 Outdoorsman, The . . . . . . . . . . 32 Winthrop Mountain Sports . . . . . 15 ■ THEATERS Merc Playhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

■ RECREATION/ACTIVITIES Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies 35 Methow Cycle & Sport . . . . . . . . 11 Methow Fishing Adventures . . . 32

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