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Information for an enjoyable Methow Valley visit

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SWelcome — or welcome back

ome of you may have gotten a head start on summer 2024 when the North Cascades Scenic Highway opened unusually early in April. Others have specific target visitation dates in mind for the coming season, perhaps wrapped around one of our traditional events. By the time summer is in

p eople and laid-back Western ambience all draw thousands of visitors each year. The things that can make summer a bit unpredictable are also worth acknowledging, most notably the long fire-and-smoke season. We never know what’s going to happen, and annually hope for the best while preparing for any eventuality. This year’s Methow Valley Summer 2024 again includes an article on how to be aware of fire alerts, and how to be prepared for them.

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From the valley floor to alpine heights, bicycling offers spectacular vistas 10 Follow your own path

Find barrier-free trails throughout the valley 7 Best seats in the house

The valley offers a variety of day hikes and overnight trips

13 A ccess for all

Your four-legged friends are welcome here

Pitch it or park it at one of the valley’s public and private campgrounds

Be aware of alerts, and take precautions

Saddle up for a ride, or find an outfitter for a backcountry adventure

23 Welcoming the dark

The Methow’s dark skies are ideal for stargazing

27 Roped in

Rock climbers are drawn to the valley’s many routes 21 Horse heaven

When the sun goes down, the real show starts 25 A clear view of the cosmos

29 A few pass words

your guide to recreational passes, fees, permits and licenses

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Information for an enjoyable Methow Valley visit Dining & lodging guides Activities for every interest & all ages FREE 2024
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14 Every day is a dog day
16 Pick your spot
18 Wildfire readiness is everyone’s job


Ann McCreary is a freelance writer for the Methow Valley News.

Ashley Lodato is a Methow Valley News columnist.

Sandra Strieby is a freelance writer for the Methow Valley News.

Shelley Smith Jones is a Methow Valley News columnist.

Don Nelson is publisher and editor of the Methow Valley News.

Marcy Stamper is a Methow Valley News reporter.

David Ward is a Methow Valley News columnist.

Rick Lewis

Joanna Bastian is a

Valley News columnist.



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With hundreds of miles of varied terrain, from high alpine single-track trails to expansive networks of unpaved roads, the Methow Valley offers riding for every kind of cyclist — easily accessible from the towns of Winthrop, Mazama and Twisp. The Methow Valley offers some of the most spectacular and challenging high elevation mountain bike

riding in the state, with trails reaching 8,000 feet.

For the growing number of gravel bike riders, the valley’s all-road biking options are plentiful, with hundreds of miles of unpaved county and U.S. Forest Service roads that carry riders to the far reaches of the valley, and beyond.

“Think of all the places you ski in the Rendezvous in the winter,” said Julie Muyllaert, co-owner of Methow Cycle & Sport in Winthrop. “They’re all Forest Service roads and you can take your gravel bike there in the summer.”

Trails at Sun Mountain are a prime destination for mountain bikers.

The Methow chapter of the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance has contributed hundreds of volunteer hours in recent years to building a world-class trail network with more than 50 miles of single- and double-track trails from easy to difficult.

Riding through the seasons, bikers are treated to colorful wildflowers in spring, long hot days in summer, and brilliant fall foliage and sharp light in autumn.

Excursions along the valley floor take riders along rivers and through forests and meadows. Challenging rides in the high country lead to alpine basins and rocky ridges with spectacular views of North

Cascades peaks.

There are plenty of opportunities for cyclists to join others for group rides, lessons and races. Plans for this summer and fall include overnight bikepacking trips to lakes and huts, weekly group rides, skills camps, and bike races. The events are supported by various biking organizations. Methow Cycle & Sport’s website,, is a good place to check for upcoming events.

Cyclists can get maps, trail guides and gear at many locations in the valley, and find refreshment before, during or after a ride at the valley’s restaurants, pubs and bakeries.

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A ride sampler

Information from Methow Cycle & Sport (; Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance (; and MTB Project ( Maps of most ides are available at methowcycle-


Bear Creek Road and Pearrygin

A good beginner 12-mile loop with 900 feet of elevation gain, about half pavement and half gravel, passing by Bear Creek Golf Course and Pearrygin Lake State Park. Electric assist bikes allowed.

olf Creek to Mazama Lollipop

This 33.4-mile valley floor route from Winthrop to Mazama and back again is a great spring and fall ride. Follow Wolf Creek Road up from Winthrop, then cross over to Goat Creek Road up to Mazama. Retrace your steps, or ride the highway back down to Wolf Creek. Elevation gain

of 1,484 feet.

Winthrop Valley Loop

A challenging 25.3-mile ride with lots of elevation gain in the first half giving you sweeping view of Mt. Gardner and the valley, followed by quiet forested roads on the return. From downtown Winthrop, take West Chewuch Road to Rendezvous/ Gunn Ranch Road, through the Rendezvous Basin, and the back Wolf Creek Road Loop to Winthrop. Elevation gain 2,312 feet. Electric

assist bikes allowed.


Buck Mountain Loop

A 14.5-mile loop can be pedaled the traditional route from Cub Creek Road or the alternate route from Buck Lake. Both options offer long, flowy descents and spectacular views. Ride the new Buck Up Track from Cub Creek, or climb a U.S. Forest Service road from Buck Lake. Combine portions of the two loops

Where to gear up

• Cascades Outdoor Store, 222 Riverside Ave., Winthrop, 996-3480

• Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies, 50 Lost River Road, Mazama, 996-2515

• Methow Cycle & Sport, 29 State Route 20 in Winthrop, 996-3645

• Winthrop Mountain Sports, 257 Riverside Ave., Winthrop, 996-2886

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for additional miles and a double dose of the flowy descent. No pass required for parking or riding. Electric assist bikes not allowed.

Rendezvous Basin Trails

An 11-mile, forested singletrack loop that involves a rolling climb to Rendezvous Pass and a fun descent. Start and finish on East Fawn Creek or Gunn Ranch Road. May also be shuttled to Rendezvous Pass. No pass required for parking or riding. Elevation gain 1,766 feet. Electric assist bikes not allowed.

Big Valley Trail

The vast majority of this ride is a flat smooth double-track that is great for families with small children (on bikes or in trailers), beginner riders and canines. The trail passes close to the Methow River and a nice river rock beach to access the river on a hot day. This ride/trail is a simple “lollipop” that is easy to follow through forest, meadows and along the Methow River. Stop at the beach on the river for a peaceful break or a quick splash if the weather is warm. The trailhead is accessed by turning on Dripping Springs Road off of Highway 20 near milepost 186.Thanks to an agreement between the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Methow Trails, no pass is required for parking or riding. Electric assist bikes not allowed.


Sun Mountain

A nice climbing ride to add to longer loops or do on its own. From town, it’s a quick 3-mile jaunt up

Twin Lakes Road to Patterson Lake Road. From there, about 6 miles uphill gets you to Sun Mountain Lodge, with views and perhaps a cold beverage. Electric assist bikes allowed.

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 A ndrews 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 eight miles or so of constant climbing. Electric assist bikes allowed.

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. Electric assist bikes allowed.

Information on riding

• Winthrop’s website,, has information on mountain and road bike riding, and offers a free “Winthrop Washington” app.

• T he Methow Trails office in downtown Winthrop has information on mountain bike and road rides, and on its website:

• Methow Cycle & Sport’s website,, provides trail descriptions, maps and a calendar of events.

• Stop by local Methow Valley sports shops in person for current trail conditions and maps.

•, a mountain biking database, has up-to-date maps and trail information.

•, affiliated with the REI outdoor store, offers a comprehensive guide for mountain biking trail maps and information.


Winthrop to Carlton and Beaver Creek and Balky Hill

For a mix of pavement and gravel, take the East and West county side roads to Carlton but add some distance and elevation by returning via Beaver Creek Road, then down Balky Hill for a 45.2 mile ride with 2,000-plus feet of elevation gain.

Boulder Creek Loop

A 21.6-mile ride with 3,000 feet up and down. Great local gravel loop. Beautiful climb on quiet

Forest Service roads accessed from Winthrop via the East Chewuch Road. Wonderful views and fun descent.

Rex Derr trails

At Pearrygin Lake State Park, beginner to intermediate rolling hills on single- and double-track trails with a beautiful lake and mountain vistas. Start at the Lake Creek trailhead or other multiple access points and create your own ride. Do a loop or out-and-back, add the Bear Creek Road, make it long, make it short, it’s all up to you.

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Whether you crave solitude or adventure, contemplation or conquest, the mountains can be the backdrop for reflection or the source of inspiration. Until you’ve spent time in the mountains their distant peaks and valleys can seem mysterious or foreboding, but once you’ve learned to live in harmony with the rhythms

of the mountains they really do begin to feel like a second home.

Surrounding the Methow Valley the jagged peaks of the North Cascades stand sentinel, calling out to those who crave the wildness of deep gorges, thick forests, rocky promontories, and alpine lakes. In the Methow Valley, you can find a wide variety of outdoor gear at Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies in Mazama, and Winthrop Mountain Sports, Cascades Outdoor Store and The Outdoorsman in Winthrop.

The Do It Center in Twisp and Ace Hardware in Winthrop also stock some camping gear.

The lower trails and lakes in the North Cascades are often snowfree by June, but the snow in the higher country doesn’t melt until July most years—although a lighter snowpack in 2024 may cause an earlier melt-out. Plan your trip accordingly, or you’ll find yourself undertaking some pretty rugged travel on trails that may be difficult to locate. Make sure you have proper permits, passes, and parking, information for your desired

destination as well (see page 29).


With increased use of trails and recreation sites, getting away from it all grows increasingly difficult, especially on some of the most popular trails near Washington Pass, where you’ll find parking lots full and cars lining both sides of the North Cascades Highway for a mile or more on either side of the trailheads. Try scheduling your trip for mid-week, if possible. And if you get to a trailhead and the parking lot is full, go elsewhere.

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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. And yet nary a popular hike exists without at least one visible stash of unburied human waste and/or toilet paper.

At backcountry campsites, you may find a modern, clean, regularly maintained outhouse, a ramshackle privy, or a “wet willy,” which is basically a box-like platform with a seat over a hole. In sites equipped with facilities — no matter how rustic — you need to use the established hole. Stand up if you must.

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 virtually impossible to get down 6-8 inches using only a sharp stick or the heel of your boot).



• Slate Peak: The ¼ -mile hike to Slate Peak gets you up to 7,400 feet elevation and provides a glimpse into the rich mining history of the area around the turn of the 20th century. Drive to the end of the Harts Pass road (which can often be quite rough) and hike from the gate.

• Falls Creek: Another short hike to a stunning view is the ¼-mile walk to Falls Creek Falls, out the West Chewuch Road. Park at Falls Creek Trailhead. Very kid-friendly. Early season.

• Twisp Ponds: A 1-mile loop

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 wellmarked 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 a nd 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

areas, native vegetation, interpretive signage, and several significant public art pieces. Park at the Twisp Ponds site just outside Twisp on Twisp River Road. Very kid-friendly. Early season.

• Rainy Lake: Hiking doesn’t get any easier than the 1-mile walk on a paved, level path with interpretive signs and resting benches, ending at a sparkling alpine lake. Park at the Rainy Pass Trailhead. Very kid-friendly. If the parking lot is full

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, including a small knife: Sometimes the ability to fix your stove or your pack makes the difference between comfort and misery. \

• Water and purification system. All water pulled from streams, rivers, and lakes should be treated.

• 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.

— go elsewhere.

• Tawlks-Foster Suspension Bridge: The flat 1-mile trail to the Suspension Bridge brings you to a picnic shelter and some interpretive signs by the river. Park at the Suspension Bridge Trailhead along Goat Creek Road in Mazama. Very kid-friendly.

• Lone Fir Loop: Kids love the 2-mile loop around Early Winters Creek at Lone Fir Campground. With its shady glades and fun bridges, the trail is interesting and

surprising. Park at Lone Fir Campground. Very kid-friendly. Early season.

• Meadowlark Natural Area: Situated on a bench overlooking Winthrop, the Meadowlark Natural Area features 2.5 miles of trail through shrub-steppe terrain and provides critical mule deer winter range as well as important habitat for songbirds, small mammals, and raptors. Dogs on leash only. Very kid-friendly. Early season.

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3-mile loop around Patterson Mountain is one of the first snow-free hikes in the valley and is lush with wildflowers in the late spring. Park at the state boat access on Patterson Lake Road. An artistic surprise awaits you on top. Early season.

• Lake Ann: Lake Ann is just 1.9 miles from the parking area, but it gets you into what feels like the heart of the mountains — a sparkling lake in a granite cirque. Park at the Rainy Pass Trailhead. Very kid-friendly. If the parking lot is full — and it often will be on weekends — go elsewhere.

• Lookout Mountain: Lookout Mountain in Twisp loses its snow early, making it a favorite spring hike. Panoramic views and a historic wildfire lookout make this 2-mile hike a worthwhile one. From Twisp River Road, turn left on Rd 1605 and connect with Forest Service Rd 4400-200 to the parking area at the end. Early season.

• Cutthroat Lake: Another alpine lake worth visiting is Cutthroat Lake, although it is marshier than Blue Lake or Lake Ann. The 2-mile trail into the lake is easy; moms have even been seen pushing baby joggers along it. Park at the

Cutthroat Lake Trailhead. Very kid-friendly. Early season.

• Blue Lake: The 2.2-mile hike into Blue Lake has some elevation gain but rewards the hiker with the opportunity to dip in its turquoise waters. Park at the Blue Lake Trailhead. If the parking lot is full — and it often will be on weekends — go elsewhere.

• Goat Peak: Goat Peak is popular for its panoramic views of the North Cascades but also for its fire tower on the summit. The 2.5-mile hike is strenuous and is dry in the late summer. From Goat Creek Road, take Forest Rd #52, then #5225, and then to the end of #5225-200 to the parking area.

• Maple Pass: The 7-mile Maple Pass loop is probably the most popular day hike in the area, and for good reason, but it has been severely over-crowded in recent summers. On most summer and fall days it is the antithesis of a solitary backcountry experience. If you get to the trailhead and it’s full, go elsewhere; you don’t want to be on this hike with that many people.

• Easy Pass: The 3.5-mile hike up Easy Pass is anything but, as you climb up 3,000 feet fairly

relentlessly. Emerge into the talus above treeline and the views are breathtaking, as the trail crisscrosses an avalanche fan under the soaring peaks of Ragged Ridge before entering the larch-covered lush Easy Pass saddle. Park at the Easy Pass Trailhead.


• Tiffany Lake: The 1-mile trail into Tiffany Lake brings you to a level campsite with swimming and 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. Very kid-friendly. Early season.

• 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. Very kid-friendly.

• 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. Early season.

• Stehekin: Huh? Yes, that’s right, you can hike from the Methow Valley to this tiny boatand-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 pick-up, or turn around and hike back to your car at Bridge Creek via McAlester Pass. Two reservable 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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Access for all


Take in spectacular mountain scenery, cascading waterfalls and placid lakes from a selection of barrier-free trails accessible to people who use wheelchairs or other mobility aids. These routes are also a great choice for an outing with the whole family.

From downtown Winthrop, check out the Susie Stephens Trail, which offers a spectacular view of the Chewuch and Methow rivers from the Spring Creek Bridge before winding through pastures and meadows for about a mile to the shopping district outside of town on Highway 20. The architecturally striking bridge is a peaceful spot for watching wildlife and rafters.

A wide, mostly level packed-gravel trail leads along the Methow River from the Suspension Bridge parking area on Goat Creek Road near Mazama for about a mile to the Tawlks-Foster Suspension Bridge, which offers expansive vistas up and down the valley. Head west on Highway 20 from Winthrop (toward Mazama). In about 8 miles, go right on Goat Creek Road. The parking area is on the left in about 2 3/4 miles.

Further from town, check out Blackpine Lake, a serene mountain

lake with a paved lakeshore trail that leads to an overlook of Hoodoo Peak and Raven Ridge. There are opportunities for swimming and boating from a wheelchair-accessible dock, reached by the trail, and trout fishing. The trail has interpretive signs and benches for wildlife v iewing. From Twisp, drive west on Twisp River Road for about 11 miles. Turn left onto West Buttermilk Creek Road, cross the Buttermilk Bridge over the Twisp River, and turn right to continue on Forest Road 43 for about 8 miles to the Blackpine Lake campground, on the left. The trail begins at the day-use area. Take an excursion along the Chewuch River and visit Falls Creek Falls, reached via an accessible trail. The mostly level, 1/4-mile paved trail leads through the forest to the refreshing spray of the dramatic waterfall. Head west on Highway 20 from Winthrop (toward Mazama) and take the first right on West Chewuch Road. Follow that road 7 miles to a stop sign. Go straight another 5 miles to the falls, on the left.

The scenic road continues another 15 miles to Thirtymile, where there is a moving memorial to firefighters who perished in the 2001 Thirtymile Fire. The road is paved, except for the last 4 to 5 miles. With relatively low traffic, the road is also popular with cyclists and folks who do handcycling or ride a tandem bicycle with a buddy.

There are several accessible

options on the North Cascades Highway, starting with an interpretive trail along a beautiful creek at the Lone Fir campground. The paved trail goes about 4/10 mile to a bridge. People with more mobility can explore the rest of the 2-mile loop. 27 miles west of Winthrop on the North Cascades Highway; campground is on the left.

A short, paved trail takes you to a spectacular overlook at Washington Pass, with views of Liberty Bell Mountain, Early Winters Spires and Kangaroo Ridge, as well as interpretive information. 30 miles west of Winthrop on the North Cascades Highway, on the right.

A fully accessible, paved 1-mile trail through the cool, fragrant forest leads to Rainy Lake, which is ringed by craggy peaks and fed by

several waterfalls. There’s a picnic spot on the lake and fishing for cutthroat trout. Interpretive signs describe vegetation and natural features along the trail. 35 miles west of Winthrop on the North Cascades Highway to the Rainy Pass parking area, on the left.

Some folks enjoy mountain boarding. It’s kind of like snowboarding — it uses a long board with big wheels, with the seat or bucket used for paraskiing mounted on the board. Boarders typically propel themselves with ski poles. Mountain boarding is done on grass, gravel or pavement. Check out the wide, fairly level sections of the Methow Community Trail. Popular routes go from Mazama toward the suspension bridge or Early Winters.

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Every day is a dog day


Dogs are called “man’s best friend” for a reason. Charlie Brown once said, “Everyone should have a dog to greet him when he comes home!” A dog is the epitome of a loyal, kind, and unselfish friend — so much so that many dog owners consider the pet a member of the family. Americans adopted millions of dogs during the pandemic to fill the void of the lockdown isolation.

Dog owners, new and longtime, often travel with Luna, Bella, Daisy or Max and look for dog-friendly places to stay and activities that humans and pets can both enjoy. The Methow Valley is welcoming of dogs, offering an array of summer options for well-behaved, non-aggressive canines and their responsible owners. Check with your lodging of choice to make sure that it is “pet friendly” and what fee, if any, is charged.

Methow Trails with its miles of varied trails provides a plethora of hiking and walking opportunities from Mazama to Sun Mountain. Easy in-town trails such as Susie Stephens, Sateekhwa and Fish Hatchery in Winthrop give pup and owner a short mile or two of exercise.

The loop around the Methow Trails office on Horizon Flat Road is always available for a quick walk and maybe throw a ball or two. For the energetic dog and owner, more difficult and longer trails abound, including Spokane Gulch, Lewis Butte, and Buck Mountain (Cub Creek). Cutthroat Lake and Cedar Creek Falls trails are challenging for both pet and human.


The Methow Trails Summer Trails map indicates which trails are dog-friendly by a “paw” symbol. Dogs are allowed to be off leash on many trails with the caveat that the dog must be “voice controlled.” Some well-behaved, hardy dogs even go along on trail rides with their owner on horseback. At times, a sign will be posted by either Methow Trails, Washington state, or U.S. Forest Service at a trailhead if the dog must be leashed. For example, in the past, a popular dog-walking trail, Big Valley, had a leash requirement to protect a pair of sand cranes who had chosen the area to raise their

“colts.” Dog-approved Sun Mountain trails require the dog to be on a leash.


Twisp Ponds, a short distance west of town on Twisp River Road, was purchased by Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation in the early 2000s and is open to the public and their dogs. The site is a complex of streams, rearing ponds, meandering trails, public art, and interpretive stations intended to educate visitors about and to provide support for populations of steelhead trout, spring Chinook salmon, and coho salmon. You will see unique pieces

of art including Steve Love’s cast aluminum “Twisp” with an explanation of the origin of the name of the town.

Another active recovery site trail that is a part of the Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation restoration project is Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Cottonwood Trail located at the north end of the Old Twisp Highway between Twisp and Winthrop. Again, numerous interpretive signs make the trek more than a dog walk.

A picnic on the sandy beaches of the Methow River makes for an opportunity to dip toes and paws in the cool water. Just downstream from Winthrop, Homestream Park — dedicated to the rivers and fish of the Methow Valley — also offers a short dog walk on leash with interpretive signs, fascinating sculptures, and picnic area.

For swimming dogs, several lakes around Winthrop are the perfect place for them to cool off and exercise, including Pearrygin (outside the designated swim area), Patterson, Twin Lakes, and Davis Lake. River access at Mack Lloyd Park in Winthrop and Twisp Park allows Fido to get a drink and get paws wet.

The Meadowlark Natural Area on the east side of Winthrop (next to the Sullivan Cemetery) is a protected natural habitat owned by the Methow Conservancy. Its 2.5-mile trail system offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and is especially spectacular during wildflower season. Dogs are allowed on leash for protection of the wildlife inhabitants and for dog safety during periods when deer can be aggressive.

Most U.S. Forest Service trails and campsites allow dogs, but they must be leashed on certain trails and always must be under control. Check signage at trailheads and campgrounds for specific restrictions. Some trails are known to also be occupied by rattlesnakes such as Pipestone Canyon and Cub Creek. Methow Valley Veterinary Hospital

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hosts a yearly rattlesnake aversion clinic run by Natural Solutions, an experienced training company based in California.

The program “allows the dog to make the proper association of the danger involved with the rattlesnakes in a non-threatening or intimidating introduction to the process.” More information is available at www.methowvalleyvethospital. com/rattlesnake-aversion-training. Call (509) 996-3231 or email info@ for June dates and to reserve a spot.


Eating out with the pup gets a whole lot easier in the Methow Valley in the summertime. Numerous restaurants with outdoor seating welcome dogs, usually providing a water bowl and a special treat. To name a few: In Winthrop, Methow Valley Ciderhouse (front deck and back patio), Meza (back deck), East 20 Pizza (decks), Jupiter (deck); In Mazama, Methow Fresh Pizzeria at Wesola Polana (courtyard), Mazama Store (courtyard), Mazama Public House (deck and courtyard), Jack’s Hut (picnic tables); in Twisp, Twisp River Tap

House (patio), La Fonda Lopez (patio), Glover Street Market (outside tables), Cinnamon Twisp (outside tables), OSB Taproom (patio), Fork (picnic tables), Six Knot Saloon (patio), Lonchera Yucatan (picnic tables), and Big Dipper (deck).

Leashed dogs are welcome at many annual events in the Methow Valley, including Winthrop’s Methow Valley Rodeo and ’49er Days and Twisp’s Fourth of July Parade. Be aware that the parades at times include loud noises that can frighten a dog.

Twisp’s Community Center Farmers Market allows dogs but does have specific guidelines for what dogs are allowed; that is, leashed, well-behaved, and non-aggressive and no tinkling on produce boxes! It is a crowded place in the summer with many families shopping. Dog owners need to be respectful of the vendors and customers.

In every instance where a well-behaved dog accompanies its owners, the owners are also expected to be well-behaved and pick up after their pet. Pet litter stations with doggy-do bags are provided in many places, but always carry your own and dispose of the bag properly.

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Pick your spot


One of the many great joys of the Methow Valley is the opportunity to sleep under the starry skies. The sound of wind in the pines or a burbling stream may lull you to sleep; you may awaken in the wee hours to hear coyotes yipping or owls calling to each other from the treetops.

Depending on the day and the location, camping in the Methow Valley can be a tranquil, solitary experience, or it can be a bustling social time of activity. The good news is that you have plenty of options to pitch a tent, park a camper, or string up a hammock and surrender to the simpler life that camping affords.


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.


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.


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 camping-cabins.


Several online resources for connecting campers with campsites have some Methow Valley listings:; https://


For updated information on Washington State Parks campgrounds, v isit: Parks-opening. For updated information on U.S. Forest Service campgrounds, visit www.fs.usda. gov/activity/okawen/recreation/ camping-cabins. Many popular trailheads (such as Early Winters in Mazama and Chickadee at Sun Mountain) are day-use only and are never open for camping or overnight parking, even for self-contained vehicles; please observe restrictions posted onsite.

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Campgrounds at a glance

Lone Fir Campground US Forest Service 27 miles NW of Winthrop on Hwy 20

Klipchuck Campground

Early Winters Campground

Forest Service 19 miles

of Winthrop on Hwy 20

of Winthrop on Hwy 20

Rendezvous Huts private Rendezvous Basin, Cougar & Grizzly Mountain area

Up Valley (Cascades to Mazama)


Mid Valley (Mazama to Twisp)

Pine Near RV Park and Campground private 2 blocks from downtown Winthrop yes $25-$53; $50 tipi; $68-$175 cabins full hookups, EV charging station, laundry, wifi, showers; mining shacks, tipis, cabins

Winthrop KOA private 1/2 mile east of Winthrop yes

Pearrygin Lake State Park WA State Parks 3 miles from Winthrop yes

Big Twin Lake Campground private 3 miles south of Winthrop yes

Silverline Resort private 1.5 miles from Winthrop yes

Riverbend RV Park

walking distance to downtown Winthrop, across street from historic Shafer Museum

$40+/site full hookups, laundry, TV reception, wifi, snack bar, showers full restroom, showers pets, riverside, heated pool, cabins, playground, bicycle rentals, pavillion, camping kitchen

$12-$50+/ site full hookups, showers, cabins, vacation house, group campsites

restroom, showers lakeside, swimming, boating, hiking trails, fishing

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private 2 miles
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Campground US Forest Service 12 miles east of Twisp First Come First Served $15/site; $5 add’l vehicle potable water pump, no sewer or electric hook up wheelchair accessible vault toilet creekside, mountain biking, hiking, Western Larch 509-996-4000,
Park WA State Parks 2 miles southwest of
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Wildfire readiness is everyone’s job



ire is an essential element of Methow Valley ecosystems, and a frequent summer visitor. Last year the valley felt the effects of the Blue Lake, Crater Creek and Sourdough fires, which suffused the air with smoke and led to highway and trail closures.

Living in or visiting the valley during fire season calls for being prepared. Look out for yourself and your loved ones with the following tips.


The Okanogan County Alert System sends information about fires and other hazards by phone, text, and email. To sign up, visit

If you enter an Okanogan County street address, you’ll receive alerts that affect that address. To receive alerts for all of Okanogan County, text OKCOUNTY to 888777. You can also view current notifications at https://member.everbridge. net/453003085612200/notif; the page includes a drop-down menu that will allow you to select a language other than English. Okanogan County uses a system of three evacuation levels to keep

residents and visitors informed about fire hazards. Alerts include information about the current evacuation level for the location you used in your alert registration, or for all of Okanogan County if you chose that option.

• Level 1: Be alert. There are current or projected threats from hazards associated with approaching fire(s).

• Level 2: Be ready. Conditions indicate a good possibility that hazards associated with the approaching fire(s) will severely limit Okanogan County’s ability to provide emergency service protection. You must be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice. This may be the only notice you receive. Be aware of your surroundings and take appropriate actions.

• Level 3: Immediate evacuation.

Current conditions present specific and immediate threat(s) to the life and safety of persons within the area. Conditions indicate that the hazards associated with the incident will severely limit Okanogan County’s ability to provide emergency service protection.

At Level 1, it’s a good idea to prepare to evacuate. With others in your family or group, make a plan, including identifying your escape route. Be sure your gas tank is full. Pack one or more go-bags or totes, and be ready to move out with the “6 Ps”:

• People, pets and livestock. Be sure to include car seats, diapers, and any other special needs, and animals’ leads, crates, and carriers. Don’t risk losing a panicked

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or disoriented animal in a crisis situation.

• Plastic and paper money. ATMs and payment terminals may not be working; have some cash on hand to meet any immediate needs.

• Papers. Have your driver’s license, passport, and any other critical documents ready to go. Include any essential phone numbers and account numbers that aren’t in your phone.

• Personal items, such as prescriptions and eyeglasses, that would be difficult to replace.

• Phones and computers, with their cords, chargers, and other accessories.

• Photos and other items too valuable to lose.

At Level 2, load your vehicle and review your exit strategy. It’s easy to become disoriented in an unfamiliar area. Experienced residents and emergency service personnel may not be available to provide direction. Be prepared to navigate on your own. If you are traveling with small children, large animals, or anyone with medical or mobility challenges, now is the time to evacuate.

At Level 3, leave, even if you don’t think conditions warrant it. You

Recreating in burned areas

Roads, trails, and campgrounds that were closed due to previous years’ fires are now open. Some trails affected by fires remain impassable to bicycles and stock, and may be difficult or dangerous for hikers.

The 2021 Cedar Creek Fire damaged trails near the Chickadee Trailhead, and the ranger district does expect to be making repairs and re-routing some trails in that area this summer and fall.

Methow Valley Ranger District recreation staffer Rosemary Seifried recommends that anyone traveling in fire-affected areas watch for:

• Downed trees, which may make trails impassable to stock or bikes, and difficult for hikers.

• C rumbling or unstable trail tread and holes in

may endanger yourself and others, and hinder firefighters, if you ignore evacuation orders.


• With the exception of some authorized public displays, summer fireworks are illegal on public and private land in the Methow Valley.

• Be aware of current fire danger and burn bans (find information at

the trail where roots have burned, especially in recently burned areas, such as those affected by the 2022 Pasayten fires and the 2021 Cedar Creek and Cub Creek 2 fires.

• Potential for debris flows in creeks or drainages within or just below a burned area.

• Post-fire brush, which can be extremely dense in older burned areas, such as those affected by the 2018 McLeod and Crescent Creek fires and the 2017 Diamond Creek Fire.

For information on closures that may take effect during the summer and other road, trail, and campground closures, visit okawen/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprdb5308307.

protection/firedanger/) and use good fire safety practices. All intentional fires must be tended all times. Don’t leave a campfire or burn pile until it’s dead out — cool to the touch. Put out matches and smoking materials on rocks or bare ground, never where there is any combustible material. Park away from dry grass that could be ignited by a hot vehicle.

• In addition to being a health

hazard, smoke can impair visibility.

• Embers can travel long distances and start new fires.

• Drones can endanger aircraft and firefighters. The FAA may implement Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) during a fire. Drones are prohibited from flying in restricted areas, and it’s a federal crime to interfere with firefighting aircraft whether restrictions are in place or not.

• Obey any area closures — for

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Be aware, think ahead about situations that may arise, and take responsibility for yourself.

• If you’re staying in a cabin or other isolated lodging, know your way around the neighborhood, and be able to find exit routes even when visibility is low.

• Be ready to deal with smoky conditions. Have N95 masks on hand, and a plan for children and any other vulnerable members of your party. You can find more tips at smoke-ready-checklist.

• Have a plan for staying in touch and meeting up with other members of your party if you are separated. Realize that cell phones may not work.

• Carry paper maps. A full-sized map that lets you see the area surrounding your camp site or trail can help you understand the terrain and find escape routes if the road or trail you came in on is blocked.

• Know and understand current fire restrictions in the area where you’ll be; find information at detail/okawen/alerts-notices/?cid=fsbdev3_053600. Under the “Fire Management” heading, you’ll find current campfire restrictions and a link to a map showing any fire closures.

• Be aware of your surroundings. Know the terrain and your options for leaving the area. Be prepared to navigate after dark and in thick smoke.

• Have a plan for leaving the area and meeting up if members of your party are separated.

• Carry the 10 essentials, including a light source, even on long sunny summer days when you expect to be home before dark.

• Rangers may seek hikers in case of emergency if it’s safe and personnel are available, but don’t count on being rescued.

• Aircraft pilots may be able to see you and send help, but that’s not a given, either.

• Wear and carry bright-colored clothes and gear. High-visibility colors like blaze orange or fluorescent green may help you be seen f rom the air. Spreading out a bright or reflective ground cloth (like a Mylar space blanket) may also help pilots spot you. Firefighters wear bright yellow for visibility in dark or smoky conditions.

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Horse heaven


If ever there was a perfect place to ride horses, one could vouch for the Methow Valley. The spectacular scenery, variety of riding options available, and extensive horsemen and horsewomen community all lend themselves to a superb experience on the back of a horse.

If you’ve never ridden a horse

before, but would love to try it, there are several places in the valley that offer a trusty horse to provide a positive first encounter with such a large animal. Most outfitters recommend a shorter ride — such as 1 to 1 1/2 hours — for a first-timer. Once you are hooked, 2-hour, half-day, and full-day rides are available.

When comfortable in the saddle, a look around the countryside will fill your senses. In the late spring, myriads of colorful wildflowers abound. Summertime rides often go through waving green grasses and along clean, clear rivers. The backdrop of blue skies, puffy clouds,

and snow-capped mountain ranges demand the oft-heard comment, “It’s so beautiful here!”

To become a more proficient horseback rider, lessons are available from seasoned wranglers. Adding tools to your toolkit enhances the riding experience. Soon, a pack trip will be on your bucket list. Riding to an alpine basecamp while mules haul your duffle bag (fishing pole, too, if desired) on a horse handpicked for your ability and stature is a trip of a lifetime. Most multi-day rides include mouth-watering meals prepared by experienced cooks, including fresh pan-fried cutthroat or rainbow

trout that you just caught. Evenings are filled with campfire entertainment or quiet time under the dark, star-covered sky.

Horse owners will find it well worth trailering them to the Methow Valley. Methow Trails’ extensive ski trail system offers a wide variety of terrain when the snow is gone from a flat two-hour ride at Big Valley to a loop ride with some climbs through arrowleaf balsamroot at Buck Mountain, and numerous trails out of Chickadee Trailhead. Jack’s Trail, a 2-plus hour loop, winds through the trees for a cooler ride on a hot day.

Check the Methow Trails Summer

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Trails map for the horse symbol to see which trails are open to horseback riding. Also, take note of the proper trail etiquette that requires bicyclists and hikers/walkers to yield to horses. However, horseback riders may find that, at times, it is easier for them to step off the trail to let the other trail users pass. That choice should be communicated politely to those you encounter. Many trails are also occupied by wildlife including bear, moose, deer, coyote, even, wolves, so a rider must always be aware of the surroundings. A game bird can fly up unexpectedly and even a “bombproof” horse will sometimes spook. Keep an eye out for yellowjacket ground nests. A horse stepping on one can cause a disaster. When the season is still damp, rides along rivers or wetlands may be a walk into mosquito haven — neither horse nor rider love that experience.


Two horse camps are available for overnight camping with plenty of trails out your camper door. Methow Valley Backcountry Horsemen put in a significant

number of hours every year keeping up the campsites. U.S. Forest S ervice Twisp River Horse Camp is located 22 miles up Twisp River and is intended for stock users. U.S. Forest Service North Summit Horse Camp allows stock camping only and is located on Loup Loup Pass (same turnoff as Loup Loup Ski Area).

Mazama Ranch House, another option, is known as the best little horse hotel in Washington State with free corral space and easy trail access while horse owners enjoy the lovely accommodations of the facility. A Goat Creek loop ride or a ride across Tawlks-Foster Suspension Bridge to Wesola Polana on Methow Community Trail are both great choices right outside the door.

Also available in the summer are wagon rides, for those who want a horse experience, but maybe not on its back. Casia Lodge also offers an opportunity in equine companionship while learning about the behavior and traits of their resident herd. This non-riding experience includes spending t ime with the horses in their pastures and grooming them.


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Private and small group guided horseback rides offered daily, custom rides and ride times available. Horse Connections — a non-riding experience — offered year-round.


Horse boarding, haul-ins to use arenas and/or bridle path.

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Welcoming the dark WHEN THE SUN GOES



he Methow Valley is home to Washington state’s darkest night skies — the Milky Way and northern lights are commonly observed by the naked eye. You just have to head outside when the summer nightfall arrives.

The valley is nestled between wilderness areas that rate a Class 2 on the Bortle scale — a “Typical Truly Dark Site” rating. To plan a

brilliant summer night, start by visiting the Methow Dark Sky Coalition at for local tips on prime viewing spots, a light pollution map, summer stargazing events, and NASA Skywatching tips.


The best nights to catch all the celestial events in action are the ones closest to new moon phase. Ideal viewing conditions are typically between the third quarter and first quarter moon.

The Weather Underground phone app has moon phases and hourly darkness ratings, along with

weather forecast — which you’ll also want to know before spending a night under the stars. The website has detailed times for astronomical darkness.

Download an astronomical application on a mobile phone for an interpretive guide to the night sky. Methow Dark Sky Coalition recommends “Sky Tonight” and “Star Walk,” two applications that show constellations, planets and more.

Plan on a late night. The Methow Valley’s position in the northern latitudes delays a truly dark night until close to midnight. Bring sleeping bags and blankets to keep warm, and opt to spend a summer

night under a dark sky. Bring a good pair of binoculars, and a friend with a telescope.

Check out the viewing site before dark to become familiar with the lay of the land. As darkness falls, be mindful of any light source that could disturb the stargazing of fellow night sky enthusiasts. Turn your phone to the lowest brightness setting.

If opting for headlamps and flashlights, use the red light setting. Better yet, just let your eyes adjust to the darkness without depending on a light source. You’ll be surprised at how much you can see after twenty minutes of letting your eyes adjust.

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Finding the best night sky viewing locations can be a challenge in forested, mountainous terrain. The Local Light Pollution Map linked on the Methow Dark Sky home page shows which areas have a clear view of the night sky unobscured by city lights.

• Lewis Butte: Lewis Butte is conveniently located close to Winthrop, yet far enough away to enjoy a dark theater of celestial views. A Discover Pass is required to visit the Rendezvous Wildlife Area. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) parking area is located on Gunn Ranch Road. Follow the short trails to the south that overlook the Methow Valley.

For more expansive views, ascend the Lewis Butte trail located across from the parking area on the north side of Gunn Ranch Road. A wellmarked trail climbs 900 feet to the summit of Lewis Butte. The hillside is an open landscape with excellent views of the night sky.

• Sun Mountain Lodge: Sun Mountain lodge is an excellent example of dark sky friendly lighting. Step right outside your room or enjoy the grounds after dinner. The thoughtful lighting design at the

lodge provides uninterrupted views of the night sky in all directions.

• Pearrygin Lake State Park: Just outside of Winthrop, Pearrygin Lake State Park has star friendly skies and camping accommodations. When weather and staffing permits, the park rangers hold Saturday night star tours in late summer.

• Sweet Grass Butte: A former fire lookout, Sweet Grass Butte east of Winthrop the best views of a clear night sky in all directions. To get there, travel along the West Chewuch Road to Cub Creek Road NF 5200 and follow the spur roads to Sweet Grass Butte, a large open meadow at the summit. Take a map, as some road signs are unclear.

• Harts Pass and Slate Peak: The crown jewel of Methow Valley stargazing lies 14 miles north of Mazama. NF 5400 is the highest elevation road in Washington state and is hazardous in places. For this reason, no trailers are allowed. Always check the road conditions before traveling on U.S. Forest Service roads.

Plan an overnight stay at the Meadows Campground. Close to the campground is a flat astronomy pad for telescopes. Continue up the road to a small parking area and enjoy a short hike to the summit of Slate Peak.


Throughout the month of May, the annual Eta Aquarids meteor showers can be best observed in the early morning hours before dawn. In the northern hemisphere, meteors appear as “Earthgrazers” — traveling along the horizon, although they can be seen across the night sky. The American Meteor Society predicts the maximum rate during peak days will be 50 and hour. In mid-August, the Perseid meteor showers put on what many consider the best show of the year, with up to 100 meteors viewed per hour. Perseids meteors draw long lines of light and color as they streak through Earth’s atmosphere. Perseids fireballs are larger explosions that are brighter and longer than an average meteor streak. Look to the north after 10 p.m. towards the constellation Perseus. The most meteors can be seen during the early morning hours.

Look to the website for summer presentations, Star Parties, and the Milky Way social club gatherings. Follow Methow Dark Sky on Facebook and Instagram to see amazing local photos, a nd to hear first about upcoming events.

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A clear view of the cosmos


Summer is a great time for stargazing. Who cares if there are a few mosquitoes flying around as long as your feet are not cold. One problem you might have to face is, can you stay up late

enough for it to get dark?

It is especially difficult in June when it does not get really dark until 11 p.m. In fact, there are only a few hours of true darkness. So let’s suppose that despite all odds you get out there. What might you see up in the night sky Here are a few ideas.

• Shooting stars. Of course they are not really shooting stars. Stars

are big, much bigger than the earth. If they were flying around up there, we would be in a lot of trouble. You know what I am talking about, meteors. They are about the size of apple seeds.

The big shower of the summer, the Perseids, are timed perfectly with balmy summer nights. It is going to peak on the night of Aug. 12 and 13. The night or two before and

after that will be good too. In the early evening there will be a half-lit moon, but it sets about midnight. Between midnight and dawn will be best. Good luck!

• Exploding star. This summer we might have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch a star explode from 3,000 light years away. That is a long, long ways away. Actually, it already happened 3,000 years

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ago, but the light from the event will finally get to us this summer. Does that make any sense? How do they know it will happen? It blows up every 80 years and they say it is about to blow again any day now. They say it will be bright enough to see with your naked eye, at least for awhile. I am going to keep an eye on it for you and will let you know if I see it.

• Planets. The planets are doing their thing which is moving around up there. Did you know that our word planet comes from the Greek word for wanderer? Mercury is always hard to see because it is so close to the sun. The best time to try to get a glimpse of it will be Sept. 4 early in the morning just as the sky is getting light. Look for it with binoculars just above where the sun will rise.

Venus will start to come into view in the west in the evening just after sundown towards the end of summer. By fall it will be higher and easier to see. It will be pretty bright ,especially in the fall.

Saturn will be easy to spot in the late summer low in the southeast. Like Venus it will get higher and

more visible in the fall. Its famous rings will be almost edge on to us making them hard to see.

Mars will also be found low in the southeast in the southeast.

Jupiter is slipping into the sunset right about now. In a couple of months it will be shining brightly before sunrise in the east.

• The Milky Way. Summer is the best time to view our home in the vast cosmos, our own personal galaxy, the Milky Way. In the summer we can look towards the heart of our galaxy where the most stars are found. Shaped like a giant pinwheel with spiral arms of stars radiating out from its center, it contains about 300 billion stars. Our sun is one of that mighty host.

Look for a hazy band of light stretching from north to south across the sky. The center lies towards the south. Scan the Milky Way with binoculars for star clusters and clouds of gas, always a delight for your eyes.

Have fun out there and do not forget your bug repellent.

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t’s easy to see why the Methow Valley has long been a sport climber destination; the easily accessible variety of rock faces and scenic views from ground to summit are one of the valley’s biggest lures. More routes are added each year, and trails to popular areas are improved for accessibility and to protect sensitive areas.

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 focus required by a particularly scary sequence. Balancing delicately on tiny crystals, f ingers crimping mere suggestions of hand holds. Topping out a granite slab, hands gritty, heart pumping, the world spread below and beyond you.


The Methow Valley’s climbing popularity is showing itself in impact to natural areas. Increased use is causing damage to sensitive environments, especially in the Washington Pass area. A series of improved trails and signage is an attempt to mitigate human impact in this fragile area. Always stay on the trail and leave no trace. Only park and camp in approved areas. Plan several options for outings, and if the parking lot at Plan A is

full, proceed to Plan B. North Cascades Mountain Guides (NCMG) 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. NCMG g uides have decades of experience, trained and certified by the American Mountain Guides Association. NCMG maintains a low ratio of clients to guides to ensure a high margin of safety and a quality experience with individual attention. They also offer an armchair preview of the Methow Valley peak experience through videos on their blog.,


Books written by local and world-renowned climbers provide readers with climbing routes, tips, and stories of life on the eastern slopes of the North Cascades.

“Mazama Sport Climbing,” by Bryan Burdo, is the most comprehensive guide to sport climbing in the upper Methow Valley. This book is the updated 2019 version to Burdo’s earlier publication, “Methow Rock.”

“Matrix & Europa,” also by Burdo and fellow climber Gabe Grayum, covers over 60 new routes near Mazama not covered in any other guidebook.

North Cascades climbing pioneer

Fred Beckey meticulously documented his Cascade ascents in three volumes of the “Cascade Alpine Guide” series.

“Cascades Rock,” by Blake Herrington, covers a broad swath of the North Cascades, including Washington Pass. The guide includes detailed route descriptions, topographic maps, and color photos.

“Stone Palaces,” by local author and climber Geof Childs, received the American Alpine Club H. Adams Carter Literary Award for providing readers with “a vision of the climbing life that is insightful, true, and beautiful.”

All these books and more can be found at the Trail’s End Bookstore in Winthrop, or at Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies in Mazama, but you might want to call ahead, since many of them are difficult for stores to keep in stock.


Soaring summits and miles of views are the draw to the backcountry peaks surrounding the Methow Valley.

The Methow Valley Ranger station, located at 24 W. Chewuch Road in Winthrop, (509) 996-4000, can provide permits and up-to-date trail conditions for destination peaks in the Sawtooth Wilderness, Pasayten Wilderness and Washington Pass areas. has information on the top peaks in the area, including the towering classics of Mt. Gardner, Black Peak, and Silver Star.


Short or long, there are many options in the Methow Valley for climbers of all levels of experience and skill. Color printed miniguides can be purchased at Goat’s Beard.

• Fun Rock: Located 1.4 miles northwest of the Mazama Store, the Fun Rock crags along Lost River Road are easily accessed from the parking area. Signs point all the way to crags. Over 50 routes ranging 5.5-5.13b are noted in the Fun Rock

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• 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. T he 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 step toward mitigating human impact on the Liberty Bell/Early Winters Spires area. Please respect signs and use guidelines.

• Goat Wall: The iconic Goat Wall towers 1,500 feet over the valley floor. The parking lot and trail access is located 3 miles northwest of the Mazama Store on Lost River Road. The face of Goat Wall is over a mile wide and consists of meta-pyroclastic rock. Irregular cracks

and jagged holds provide texture to smooth glacier polish. Long sport multi-pitches and natural lines provide varied options to enjoy classic climbs.

• Europa: Europa is Goat Wall crag with new routes ranging from 5.6-5.12.

• The Matrix: Located 1.6 miles south of Mazama and accessible from the Goat Creek Sno-Park, the 60-plus routes at The Matrix are mostly sport routes with a few traditional lines as well. It gets hot and snaky here in the summer.

• West Chewuch/Falls Creek: Methow Valley climber Tom Kimbrell and an old climbing buddy from Portland, Mike Craig, developed the Chewuch crags and other crags in that area in the late 1980s. They called the lower crags the “Cherocks” and the upper slab “Falls Creek Slab.” Another crag to the south was dubbed “Mike Crag.” Kimbrell and Craig used gear whenever possible, bolting only where it was necessary. As a result, “there were some pretty spicy routes,” Kimbrell says. Over the years, several other climbers bolted and then re-bolted Kimbrell’s and Craig’s routes. Little is written about

Tips and gear

Climbing equipment, outdoor gear, guidebooks, maps, and local climbing advice are available at several locations throughout the Methow Valley:

• Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies in Mazama has the largest selection of climbing gear found in the valley. Be sure to purchase the color print miniguides for local crags.


this site; experienced climbers just head to the crags and get on the climbs. Eventually 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 single-pitch 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.

4 4 Lost River Road, Mazama (509) 996-2515

• Winthrop Mountain Sports www.winthropmountainsports. com

257 Riverside Ave., Winthrop (509) 996-2886

• Cascades Outdoor Store

222 Riverside Ave., Winthrop (509) 996-3480

Always practice accepted climbing etiquette and take fundamental safety precautions (www.rockandice. com/how-to-climb/best-rock-climbing-ethics-and-practices/). There’s an entire book published every year (Accidents in North American Mountaineering) detailing accidents, near-misses, and fatalities in mountaineering and rock climbing, and unfortunately, a number of these deaths have occurred in and around Mazama in the past decade, mostly during rappels.

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A few pass words


Want to get out on the trail, try out your paddleboard, or launch your boat?

Although there are lots of free areas, many hiking trails and boat launches require a pass for parking. Because the Methow is blessed with thousands of acres of state and federal land, it helps to know where you’re going so that you get the right pass.

If you’re a big hiker or you spend a lot of time on the water, 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, lakes and wildlife areas. They’ll save you money and you’ll always be ready for a 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 some trails take you into North Cascades National Park, there’s no separate entry fee. The Northwest Forest Pass also covers trailheads in the Chewuch and near Gold Creek, where you can head to the Pasayten or Lake Chelan–Sawtooth wilderness.

The pass system can be confusing, but 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.


■ FEDERAL 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, and Lake Ann/Maple Pass

• Lookout Mountain

• Twisp River trails

• Chewuch-area trails

• Also good at national forests in Oregon

The annual passes can be used by all members of a household. People can get one free decal per annual pass for open-topped vehicles like jeeps and motorcycles. Pass options:

• Northwest Forest Pass, $30, annual. Interchangeable between all members of the same household.

• National Forest Recreation Day Pass, $5, day. Purchase at trailheads (exact cash or check required), at Methow Valley Ranger District, or online.

• National Forest Recreation Day ePass, $5, day; (buy online for a specific date and print at home).


Washington State Parks, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (Methow Wildlife Area), Department of Natural Resources (DNR) areas

Needed at:

• Carlton Swimming Hole

• Lewis Butte

•- Patterson Mountain/Patterson Lake

• Pearrygin Lake State Park (unless you’re camping there)

• A lta 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 provides access to hundreds of parks, wildlife areas, water-access sites and primitive campgrounds.

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The pass can be transferred between two vehicles. Info at

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 like state parks. The pass can be transferred between two vehicles.

If you do a lot of boating, the annual Natural Investment Permit could be the way to go. For $80, you get access to state watercraft launches, as well as day access to state parks, for a year. The pass can be transferred between vehicles. The Natural Investment Permit is good only at state parks and doesn’t cover wildlife lands or state forests, so you still 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. You can launch a boat for free if you’re camping at a state park like Pearrygin or Alta Lake.

Washington provides free lifetime passes to disabled veterans for free camping, boat launches and moorage, and entry to state parks. The free Disability Pass, for disabled Washingtonians, provides free entry to state parks and boat launches and a discount on camping. The Foster Family Pass provides free entry and camping for registered foster families at state parks. These passes provide free entry to state parks, but passholders will still need a Discover Pass for state wildlife areas or areas managed by DNR.

People 62 and older with a limited income can qualify for the free Senior Citizen Limited Income Pass, which provides free entry to state parks, free boat launch, and a 50% discount on camping. The pass is not valid at state wildlife areas or areas managed by DNR. Apply online or call (360) 902-8844.

Call (360) 902-8844 for an application for discounted passes.


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.

America the Beautiful Pass (aka Interagency Annual Pass): $80 for a year. Good at national parks and other federal lands. Admits pass holder and traveling companions.

Interagency Senior Pass: If you’re 62 or over, you can get a lifetime pass for $80 or an annual pass for $20. Must be purchased in person (at the Methow Valley Ranger District or other federal site).

Both the America the Beautiful 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, Bureau of Reclamation, and Army Corps of Engineers. They also provide free entrance for your traveling companions and a discount on camping, boat launches 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.

The Interagency Annual Military Pass is free for active-duty military and traveling companions. There is also a free lifetime pass for military veterans and Gold Star Families (next of kin to a member of the U.S. Armed Forces who lost his or her life while serving).

The Interagency 4th Grade Pass/Every Kid Outdoors program provides a free pass to all fourth-graders and their families from September through August. Also free for home-schooled children. The pass must be printed and then displayed at parks and other sites. Check out


Yes. When you volunteer for two Washington Trails Association work parties on national forest land, you can trade your volunteer day passes in for an annual pass. Similarly, if you volunteer for 24 hours on certain projects for State Parks, DNR or Fish and Wildlife lands, you can receive a free annual pass.


There’s detailed information about the different types of passes, where you need them – and what the agencies use the fees for – on the Washington Trails Association website at https://www.wta. org/go-outside/passes, plus a handy guide called “Which Pass Do I Need Q&A.” The page has a list of recreation sites that do and don’t require passes, plus information about sites that require backcountry permits (typically for camping in popular areas).

U.S. Forest Service: See the info under Recreation Passes & Permits.

Federal passes are also available through the U.S. Geological Survey store at, on the home page. They offer the “Pass Wizard” to help people figure out which pass they need. More FAQs and a quick guide to choosing a pass are at Discover Your Northwest, under the “Rec Passes” tab.

Outdoor Recreation Information Center: https:// html, (800) 270-7504. Info about passes.

Free trails

• Meadowlark Natural Area, Winthrop

• Big Valley, between Winthrop and Mazama

• Goat Peak, Mazama

• Copper Glance, Chewuch

• Harts Pass area

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Where to buy rec passes

Knowing what pass you need and where you need can be complicated, but at least there are lots of options for buying one, depending on where you are in the valley or online.


Northwest Forest Pass (annual), $30

National Forest Recreation Day Pass or Day ePass, $5

Methow Valley Ranger District, Winthrop.

Sells all federal passes including Northwest Forest Pass (annual and day), America the Beautiful ($80), and senior and military passes. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., (509) 996-4003.

National Forest Recreation Day Pass

Buy at trailheads (requires exact cash or check) or at ranger district.

Buy Day ePass online, print at home, and validate for desired date.


Local vendors:

• Cascades Outdoor Store, Winthrop, (509) 996-3480, annual and day

• Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies, Mazama, (509) 996-2515, annual only

• Methow Cycle & Sport, Winthrop, (509) 996-3645, annual and day

• Valley Hardware Do it Center, Twisp, (509) 997-3355, annual and day

• Winthrop Mountain Sports, Winthrop, (509) 996-2886, annual and day


• U.S. Forest Service: www., under Recreation Passes & Permits.

• Discover Your Northwest, (click on the “Rec Passes” tab).

• U.S. Geological Survey store

at, (888) 2758747 (plus $5 or $10 processing fee, depending on the pass).

Interagency 4th Grade Pass (free annual pass)

Provides a pass to all fourth-graders that’s good for free admission to national parks, national forests, and other federal recreation areas for the child and their family. Valid September through August. Check out

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Discover Pass (annual), $30 Day Pass, $10

State Park ranger at Pearrygin Lake State Park, Winthrop, or Alta Lake State Park, Pateros. Rangers sell annual or day Discover Pass with no transaction fees.


Local vendors:

• Pardners Mini Market, Winthrop, (509) 996-2005

• Valley Hardware Do it Center, Twisp, (509) 997-3355

• Winthrop Ace Hardware, Winthrop, (509) 996-2150

(transaction fees: $5, annual; $1.50, day)

Online or by phone:

Discover Pass: or (866) 320-9933

A ll state passes: https:// get-park-pass (transaction fees: $5, annual; $1.50, day)

Discover Pass (annual only) When renewing vehicle license tabs:

• In person at Methow Valley Licensing & Services, Twisp, (509) 997-9009. Purchase annual pass with vehicle-registration renewal; pass is sent from Olympia, so it takes about 10 days (no transaction fees).

• By mail with tab-renewal form

• Online at


Check out a free Discover Pass for up to two weeks from the library. Check your local branch or reserve one at https://www.ncwlibraries. org.

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• Washington Trails Association: passes

• Outdoor Recreation Information Center: https://www.discovernw. org/ranger-station-rei-seattle.html, (800) 270-7504.

• Discover Your Northwest, (under “Rec Passes”).

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Full immersion


On those long, sunny 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 for swimming and paddle boarding, to thrilling whitewater rapids.

Because the Methow River is free-flowing, 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.

Pearrygin Lake has 11,000 feet of

waterfront and a boat launch with a dock. People can hike trails around the lake and dip in to cool off.

Paddleboards and kayaks are a familiar sight on lakes and rivers. Wind sailing is popular at Patterson Lake when there’s a good breeze.


• Patterson Lake, near Sun Mountain Lodge: swim in a cool freshwater lake surrounded by picturesque hills. Numerous informal beaches 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 crystal-clear, high-mountain lake.

Access from West 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 f inest 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 mountain lake with day-use area with picnic tables and shade trees. Access 2 miles north of Pateros on Highway 153.

• Chewuch Campground

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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.


• Pearrygin Lake State Park: Bring your own rowboat, kayak, canoe, paddleboard or motorboat and explore this lake’s many inlets. Waterskiing and personal-watercraft use also allowed. Boat launch, 60 feet of dock, canoe and kayak access. Access from East Chewuch Road and Bear Creek Road east of Winthrop.

• Alta Lake State Park: Bring your own rowboat, canoe, paddleboard, kayak or windsurfing gear. Popular for sailboarding; also a draw for motorboats and personal watercraft. Waterskiing welcome, but limited because lake is fairly small. You can also rent kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, pedal boats and fishing boats from Concessions on the Lake. Rentals open Friday and Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. in May; seven days a week, Monday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Tuesday through Sunday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Memorial Day

through Labor Day. Two boat ramps, 60 feet of dock. Access 2 miles north of Pateros on Highway 153.

• Patterson Lake: Launch your boat or paddleboard on this beautiful lake, ringed by eye-catching hills, from the state boat launch on Patterson Lake Road. There is an 8-mph speed limit for motorized boats.

• Blackpine Lake: row or paddle on a crystal-clear high-mountain lake. Non-motorized boats only.

Gravel boat ramp; two floating docks. Access from West Buttermilk Creek Road (11 miles west of Twisp on Twisp River Road) or Libby Creek Road, 1 mile south of Carlton on Highway 153.


Motels and outfitters in the Methow Valley are equipped to take you on guided whitewater rafting trips. They also rent boats, paddleboards and inner tubes so you can explore on your own.

• Methow Rafting leads scenic trips on the Methow River. Choose from guided raft trips — family-friendly floats or whitewater — that leave from the town of Methow. They’ll also launch you on

“adventure tubing” from the Winthrop Red Barn, where you navigate f un, splashy rapids interspersed with calm, deep pools on a float to the Winthrop KOA. They’ll pick you up when you’re done.

Enjoy swimming, wildlife watching and sightseeing on your river trip. Most rafts accommodate six people and a guide, but Methow Rafting can accommodate larger groups.

Methow Rafting also rents inflatable kayaks, rafts, and tubes to experienced boaters who want to explore on their own and have their own transportation.

Full- and half-day trips run April through Labor Day. Check out their website at www.methowrafting. com or call (509) 866-6775 for reservations.

• Winthrop Tubing rents tubes and life-jackets for a gentle, beginner-level float down the river. You can rent tubes at the AbbyCreek 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. People can also call from the barn and have the tube delivered for the same trip. Season is typically June to mid-September (depends on river

flow), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-ins welcome. Check details at or (509) 996-3153.

• T he Silverline Lakeside Resort on Pearrygin Lake rents pedal boats, paddle boards, kayaks, aqua cycles (big, wheeled tricycles), personal watercraft, and motor boats for water skiing. They also have a small motorized fishing boat for rental. Rental season runs from late April through Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Rentals are first-come, first-served; boats can also be reserved. Check out or call (509) 724-9924.

• Methow Cycle & Sport in Winthrop rents inflatable stand-up paddleboards and inner tubes with and without floors for exploring local lakes and floating the rivers. Discounts for multi-day rentals or rentals of several boards or tubes. Get recommendations about current conditions and where to go, Call (509) 996-3645 or check out www. Check the guide to recreation passes on page 29, since many lakes and rivers and boating require a pass.

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“If all theories were correct, there wouldn’t be a fish left in all of our lakes, rivers and streams” — Sir Izaak Walton, “The Compleat Angler”


Many, like the 17th century author of the above quote, will say that fishing is not the same as catching, and that the activity of fishing is when a person has an opportunity to really be one with their environment.

Part of that experience is the discovery of just what will attract piscatorial prey to your hook and line, understanding that many have

tried, and some have actually succeeded, in the pursuit, although the activity of fishing can offer many other intrinsic awards.

There is a certain soothing appeal to gentle lapping of the breeze-instigated chop against the gunnels of the aluminum or wood canoe. The high-pitched screech of an overhead osprey or bald/golden eagle patrolling the surface for an unsuspecting silvery meal. The mother mallard with her trailing brood of ducklings cruising along the shore searching for bugs and other edible, waterborne morsels.

All pieces of the puzzle of nature

so inviting and relaxing to the human senses, until interrupted by the sudden jolt of the line going tight, pulling, tugging and bouncing the rod tip downward toward the water as the quarry has been suckered into devouring the fake food on the other end of the line. With an upward acceleration, the fish breaks the surface and flings itself skyward in a vain attempt to shake free from the hook that only seconds ago looked like an irresistibly tasty meal floating just under the surface of a mirror-like lake.

Or maybe the attraction is just the challenge of being hunter-gatherer

for the family meal back at camp this evening and are hoping desperately to not get skunked (some call it being outsmarted by the fish).

Whatever your pleasure or purpose, there is a fishing experience waiting for you somewhere within a short hour’s drive of downtown Winthrop, most of it the quiet respite we all seek when visiting the Methow Valley.


There are a few local guide services available to all levels of angling prowess, from novice to

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expert. This year we spoke with Kevin Van Bueren, owner and operator of North Cascades fly Fishing. Van Bueren and partners Mike Wilson and Chad Rosenstein provide guide services all around the Methow Valley, including the exclusive Moccasin Lake Ranch, Methow River and other unique local experiences.

Van Bueren recommends a rule of thumb for fishing the local area is to fish the lakes in the early to late spring and fall, suggesting the summer months of June, July and August are the best times to try the local rivers and streams. With the warmer temperatures of later summer, lake fish can sometimes take on a muddy flavor, cause by higher activity levels stirring up the water.

For the uninitiated, the first fishing venture can be challenging, and sometimes frustrating. While a guide service will cost a bit, it might be worthwhile for the rookie angler to have someone knowledgeable in rigging poles, negotiating rivers and lakes, and finding those special spots on one of the area’s lakes. Van Bueren’s North Cascades Fly Fishing is reachable at (509) 996-3731 or

There are several other guide services available in the upper Methow and they are all knowledgeable and friendly folk. An internet search with the term “Methow Valley Fishing” will yield excellent results.

Other places where one can just go and talk fishing with a wealth of local knowledge include the Outdoorsman in downtown Winthrop, Sun Mountain Lodge’s Recreation Center and The Carlton Store on State Highway 153 in Carlton, south of Twisp. They each have some more advanced types of fishing tackle, including flies and fly gear, and people who are more than happy to wax philosophic and informational about fishing the Methow Valley waters. More basic, everyday fishing gear can be found at Ace Hardware in Winthrop, including rods, reels and baits and lures.


Here are a few local popular fishing holes to try, some rather busy and, at times, frenetic with activity, others offer solitude and peace. Most will provide the novice or expert angler the satisfaction of the experience, as well as a chance to

Methow Valley Rivers & Streams

2024 Regulations & Information

Catch & Release / Selective Gear Rules Apply to the Methow, Twisp & Chewuch Rivers



Additional Regulations for Methow Valley Rivers and Streams

NOTE: Additional Regulations May Apply

Consult the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet, download the “Fish Washington” app, or check the WDFW website for more details:

METHOW STEELHEAD REGULATIONS: Opening and closure determined by WDFW. Check emergency rule changes on WDFW website for details.

WINTER WHITEFISH REGULATIONS: Consult the Washington Sport Fish pamphlet for details.

All threatened or endangered species - including Summer Steelhead, Spring Chinook Salmon, and Bull Trout - must not be completely removed from the water, unless retention is allowed under special state rules.

•Report violations to the WDFW Enforcement Officer 509-631-0903

•Use only artificial lure/fly with single barbless hook.


•DO NOT play fish to exhaustion.

•Minimize handling by leaving the fish in the water.

•Use rubberized or knot-less landing net.

•Grasp fish by its back and head, gently but firmly, turn fish belly up while removing hook.

•If fish swallows hook, cut leader.

This map was created by Greg Knab and Ben Dennis and updated by Methow Valley Fly Fishers and Methow Fishing Adventures. Questions - contact

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Wolf Creek ButtermilkCreek PoormanCreek METHOW RIVER Foghorn Dam to Weeman Br. May 25 - Aug 15 METHOW RIVER Gold Creek to Foghorn Dam May 25 - Sept 30 BUCK LAKE CHEWUCH RIVER Mouth to Eightmile Cr. May 25 - Aug 15 TO HARTS PASS WEEMAN BRIDGE TO THIRTY MILE Gold Creek Boulder Creek Beaver Creek COLOR KEY CLOSED WATERS OPEN DATES May 25 - Sept 30 May 25 - Aug 15 May 25 - Sept 15 Lakes
(unless opened by WDFW special regulations) Gold Creek Lower Burma Bridge to Gold Creek: May 25 - Sept 15 (unless opened by WDFW special regulations)

connect with different species and varieties of freshwater fish.

Methow Valley Selective Lakes

2024 Regulations & Information

Selective Gear Rules Apply to Big Twin, Little Twin, Cougar, Campbell & Davis Lakes


RIVER Big & Little Twin Lakes: 4th Sat. in April - October 31 Trout: Min. size 18", daily limit 1.

• Use only artificial fly or lure with a single-point barbless hook.


• DO NOT play fish to exhaustion.

• Minimize handling by leaving fish in the water.

• Use rubberized or knot-less landing net.

• Grasp fish by its back and head, gently but firmly, turn fish belly up while removing hook.

• If fish swallows hook, cut leader.

Regulations for "Unlisted" Methow Valley Lakes:

Buck, Black Pine, and Patterson Lakes

These waters offer year-round fishing opportunities and are regulated under Statewide Freshwater Rules as listed in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules.

NOTE: Additional Regulations May Apply

Consult the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet, download the “Fish Washington” app, or check the WDFW website for more details:

May 25 - Sept 30 May 25 - Aug 15 May 25 - Sept 15

Contribute to the Cause

Please consider a donation to the Methow Valley Fly Fishers Club to support its ongoing conservation efforts.

•Report violations to the WDFW Enforcement Officer 509-631-0903

This map was created by Greg Knab and Ben Dennis and updated by Methow Valley Fly Fishers Questions - contact (unless opened by WDFW special regulations)

• Pearrygin Lake: Open the last Saturday in April through Oct. 31 each year, statewide catch and size limits, mostly hatchery raised rainbow trout with some German browns and hybrid triploids for some added excitement. Sometime in the recent past a backyard biologist decided to introduce a species of perch to the Pearrygin Lake inventory, which are now trying to outnumber, and eventually outcompete, the desired trout species for food and space.

Waterskiing and operation of personal watercraft are permitted on Pearrygin, so there is some sharing of the lake surface during the busy summer months. However, by Okanogan County ordinance, hours of such operation are limited during the months of July and August to 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, extended to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to permit several evenings of use by the ski boat set. If one is inclined to prefer a quiet paddle, float or just the peaceful ambiance, take advantage of the early morning or evening hours when Pearrygin can be especially aesthetic and relaxing.

There are two points of entry for recreational boaters to access Pearrygin. Most popular is the state park, which offers a paved road, large parking area and public restroom facilities. A Discover Pass is required and the park also charges an additional daily watercraft launch fee of $7 for putting a boat in the water.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) manages a more rustic boat launch at its access area just west of the state park. Display of either the annual WDFW stewardship pass or Discover Pass is required on all vehicles at this site, but there is no daily launch fee if one is a pass holder and has it displayed. Parking, though, is very limited, disorganized and the area can get very congested in a short time by non-launchers looking to avoid the Discover Pass requirement. An aromatic vault toilet is at this site. Fair warning: The area is checked frequently by WDFW agents for license and parking permits, so make sure to carry and display your permit and license at all times.

• Patterson Lake: A low spot

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ButtermilkCreek PoormanCreek METHOW
Cougar and Campbell Lakes: Year-round. Trout: Min. size 14", daily limit 2. Davis Lake: Year-round. Trout: Min. size 14", daily limit 2. CHEWUCH RIVER Pearrygin Lake: 4th Sat. in April - October 31 Statewide min. size/daily limit.

sandwiched between Patterson Mountain on the east, Thompson Ridge on the west and Sun Mountain Lodge to the north, Patterson is the second-largest local lake easily accessible for general fishing without special regulations. One can find several species of trout, including rainbow and tiger, as well as some yellow perch. Patterson is a winter ice fishing favorite.

There is one WDFW access point toward the north end of the lake along Patterson Lake Road. Once again, a Discover Pass or WDFW Stewardship Pass are required for parking at the developed, as of yet unpaved lot and launch (WDFW plans are to eventually pave the lot for better access). There is a less aromatic, CXT-style vented vault toilet available at the site. Patterson does have a “no wake,” 8 mph speed limit in force at all times, making fishing experience certainly smoother than a midday summer troll attempt across the valley at Pearrygin.

• Big and Little Twin Lakes: Located southwest of Winthrop on Twin Lakes Road, Big and Little Twin are landlocked seep lakes that have no visible source of incoming water. Both are “selective gear only” and do not permit the use of combustion motors. There are some lunker rainbow trout in both lakes, and each has a single WDFW access point. Minimum size limit for both lakes is 18 inches and only one fish per person may be taken out daily. There are no trees along either lake, and most of the shoreline around both lakes is privately owned, hence no privacy. The eyes of an entire neighborhood are upon you, so be respectful of the landowner’s wishes and use only the public facilities provided.

• Buck Lake: Located north of

Winthrop, 8 miles up the Chewuch River Road, turn left up the hill at Eight Mile Ranch onto Eight Mile Road along Eight Mile Creek. About a half mile up, turn left again and continue a short distance to Buck Lake. Statewide rules apply at Buck Lake with no special limits or restrictions. Rainbow trout are the common thread here, too.

• Davis, Campbell and Cougar Lakes: Davis is off of Bear Creek Road on Davis Lake Road a half mile beyond the Bear Creek Golf Course entrance. To get to Campbell, go a few feet farther on Bear Creek Road, turning right, up Lester Road and follow the map from there toward Pipestone Canyon. For Cougar Lake, head up Bear Creek Road to the WDFW Methow Wildlife Area headquarters, then bear to the right and keep going up, through the Cougar Flats burn scar until you get there. All three lakes are open year-round, selective gear only, no combustion engines permitted, minimum size 14 inches and two fish daily. Reports are always of a fun experience at both, although one is inclined to encounter the western pacific rattlesnake occasionally in the Campbell Lake area, just so one is aware.

• Creeks, streams and small rivers: There are a number of very aesthetic flowing water opportunities in the near vicinity of the Upper Methow Valley. Some are wide open for all kinds of gear, some are closed permanently to protect endangered and threatened species, and to protect critical and sensitive habitat. Some are open here and not over there, and some are open for certain species and closed for others.

It is the angler’s responsibility to know and abide by those specific, and sometimes confusing rules,

Regulations/pass information

• WDFW Fishing Regulations: regulations

Available at Ace Hardware in Winthrop, The Valley Do It Center in Twisp and downloaded from the link above.

• Washington State Discover Pass: Available at Pardner’s Mini Market in Winthrop, the Valley Do

especially knowing one species of trout from another. In the streams, it is quite possible to locate rainbow, cutthroat, eastern brook and bull (Dolly Varden) trout. There are different limits on eastern brookies than with rainbow and cutthroat, and catching/keeping Dolly Varden is unlawful, so beware.

• Easy hikable or vehicle accessible: Tiffany, Cutthroat, Rainy, Lake A nn and Blackpine lakes are all basic statewide rules and seasons, again confirm all information by carrying and referring to the 202324 WDFW rules pamphlet. Ann, Cutthroat and Tiffany are favorites for relatively short hikes that offer a real alpine flavor to the day with clear, deep blue waters, lingering snow fields dotting the slopes into late summer, and the possibility of stumbling on wildlife not normally seen along the highway or on the valley floor.

• More difficulty and bigger fish. Backpacking into some higher mountain lakes provides an op-


It Center and at Pearrygin Lake State Park.

• USDA National Forest Service Pass Information: www.fs.usda. gov/detail/r6/passes-permits/ recreation/?cid=fsbdev2_027010

Available at Pardner’s Mini Market and at the Methow Valley Ranger District office in Winthrop.

ornery fish. Gleaning information from locals on the best secrets is akin to coaxing fellow morel hunters on their favorite mushrooming spots, but some of the local outfitters and fishing guide people, who love to talk their passion by nature, will give you some excellent tips and ideas on where to go and how to hook some of the more picayune piscatorial species.

More information is available online, on the radio and word of mouth on a visit to the Methow Valley. A search for Methow Valley Fishing will link you up with local enthusiast Greg Knaub and his You Tube videos fly fishing in the area, Leaf Seaburg’s weekly fishing updates on local radio station KTRT (the Root) heard on the FM dial at 97.5, and conversations with Lance Rider at the Outdoorsman, in Winthrop. The Outdoorsman also carries a fishing map produced by the Methow Valley Fly Fishers Club, and is located right next to Three Fingered Jack’s, where many post trip fish stories have likely been spun.

Three Fingered Jack’s Saloon


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oldest saloon in Washington state Summer Hours Breakfast:
Fri-Sun Open for Food: 11AM - 9PM, Sun-Thu 11AM - 10PM, Fri-Sat Bar Hours: 11AM til late Beer on TapWatch Games Full Bar Play Pool Great Food
7AM - 10:30AM

The Bear Creek experience


Two things are known to now be true about the quote, “Golf is a good walk, spoiled.” First, although being credited most often as the source of the musing, Mark Twain, the 19th century American author and societal philosopher, never actually said it. Second, whoever it was that uttered the complaint, maybe around 1948, never played at Bear Creek Golf Course in Washington’s Methow Valley. It is not possible to ruin a walk on the expansive, green fairways of the privately owned, open to the public nine-hole course, nestled in a tributary valley of the Methow River watershed known locally as the Bear Creek drainage. The surrounding scenery, highlighted by glimpses of the peaks northern Cascade mountain range’s Lake Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness area to the west, Isabella Ridge and the mountains of the Pasayten Wilderness to the north, 6,800-foot Blue Buck Ridge rising to the east and the immediately adjacent and locally known Studhorse Mountain (really, a low ridge) provide stunning views and an aesthetic experience that errant shots and misplayed putts just can’t ruin.

Bear Creek sits in a well-traveled white tail and mule deer corridor, so seeing those two species is a regular occurrence, as well as the occasional coyote out cruising the landscape in search of a meal. The diurnal resident yellow bellied marmots are a common sight, as is evidence of the mostly nocturnal and semi-aquatic cousin, nature’s engineering lumberjack the North American beaver. Overhead, it is common to hear the screech of a soaring raptor teaching youngsters to fly, searching for food, or just riding the breeze

as they circle and glide across the indigo sky. Bald eagles, red tail hawks, osprey and turkey vultures are common sightings, and the course is littered with a wide variety of smaller songbirds.

The second hole, bordering a magnificent wetland of marsh and open water, bursts with the sounds of a natural symphony, a cacophony more aptly, featuring the high shrill of red winged blackbirds, the more raspy and easily distinguishable yellow headed blackbird, multiple species of ducks and the more nasal and baritone Canada geese. While not feathered, several different species of frogs add their rhythmic offerings to the concert without regard for the etiquette of the game, requiring a courteous silence on both tee and green so as not to break the concentration of the serious golfer. Good luck with that.

The historical advertising hook for Bear Creek has been “A Little Bit of Heaven, Right Here on Earth.” For the sake of those gone before, we can only hope the post-life experience is akin to a round at Bear Creek.


The course is a nine-hole circuit that was originally built out of a cow pasture and rangeland by Herm Court, who moved to the valley with

his wife, Marian in the post-World War II era, from Seattle. Starting out as three original holes where golfers played three laps, Court eventually expanded the course to five holes, and then to the current nine, adding a second set of tees to each hole for the complete 18-hole experience. Indeed, playing from the back nine tees affords the golfer a completely different set of holes, and requiring, for the most part, a completely different set of strategies for attack than on the front nine. On only two holes, 5/14 and 7/16, does one get a sense of déjà vu from the first round.

The elder Court passed away in 1989, having previously retired and turned the course over to his son, Ashley in 1982. Ash and wife Linda operated the course until 2007, selling to a real estate developer, an arrangement that lasted only five years when the golf course ended back in the hands of the Courts, who have leased the course out for operation since then. Local brothers Bart and Rick Northcott took over the lease for the 2021-23 golfing seasons.

This season brings a change in the management of Bear Creek, with Angie Andrew promoting from clubhouse lead half of the management team. She is joined by her longtime friend Cooper Rollins, who brings

with him impressive experience with golf course management and design in Indiana and Florida.

They have kept mostly intact the grounds crew assembled over the past three years that is very customer-friendly, and have continued maintenance and operation with an eye toward keeping a successful and fun golfing experience in the Winthrop-Twisp community.

Although difficult to choose, the signature hole designation at Bear Creek might well be assigned to No. 11, a short 128-yard, par three hole where the tee is set back so the initial shot is through a corridor of scraggily water birch trees surrounded on three sides by the wetland marsh previously described.

For the experienced golfer, shooting over a marshy, cattail-infested protrusion is not a challenge, but hitting and holding the narrow, bench-like green can be problematic, especially on days when the prevailing, northwesterly breeze has a tendency to blow the ball off target, up into the stand of ponderosa pine and resultant pine straw laden rough. From there it is a downhill chip shot that would give angels nightmares, the ball oftentimes rolling across the bench and down toward the water.

Birdies are attainable, pars are fairly routine, but this hole can also put some plus numbers on the card early in the round that only the aesthetic experience can mitigate. Oh, and don’t be offended by the sounds of the California quail’s seemingly mocking call on this hole. During the summer they are often simply trying to gather up their brood of a dozen or so chicks, but they could be laughing. Holes No. 5/14 and No. 7/16 play as the most difficult on the course, regardless of what the handicap rating might be. Both are fairly long par four holes, complicated by a significant uphill climb to the green. The No. 5/14 green is made even more difficult to hit and stay as the ground is fairly firm, the green is relatively small in area, and it slopes away from the approaching golfer. For most golfers, this is a

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Methow Valley

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.


Full season: 9 holes, $28; 18 holes, $53.

Senior, Twilight 9 $24, 18 $41. No Yes Breakfast, lunch, beverages Yes (509) 923-2359; http://

9 holes, $32; 18 holes, $50 weekdays, $35, $54 weekends. Junior, Senior, quick golf, and flat golf rates

Elsewhere in Okanogan County

Gamble Sands, 10 miles east of Brewster via Hwys. 97 and 17 Yes; Stayand-Play by phone

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

No tee times needed

one-putt par hole, usually taking three to get to the green.

No. 7/16 also has a formidable hill to ascent, but the multi-tiered green is large, and slopes toward the approach, providing a friendlier approach shot. Still, it is a difficult green to hit in the “regulation” two shots for the average golfer and maybe more difficult than the 3 and 4 handicap rating on the scorecard.

The good news, after enduring the hill climbs and longshots of those two holes, is that the views from both greens is stunning, especially in the spring and fall when snow graces the visible peaks, and the ensuing holes are downhill and fairly sedate.

Par for both nine-hole sets is 36, 72 for the full 18, with a course rating of 70 for men. For women, the par is 37 on the front and 36 on the back nine and a 76 rating for women. here are four sets of tees, white and blue for the men, red and yellow commonly used by women.


• Food and drink: Bear Creek offers a clubhouse that is open mostly during daylight hours, providing

$150 to $255 (est.)

for info Yes Espresso & snack bar; sandwiches; beverages No

Call for details. YesYes

9 holes, $23; 18 holes, $35; all day, $47. Annual memberships

snacks, beverages and a lunch menu of sandwiches and hot dogs/ bratwurst. There are tables in the clubhouse, and an upstairs area features both indoor and outdoor patio seating. Andrew has plans to open a small restaurant in the upstairs portion of the clubhouse with a varied and affordable menu.

• Golf stuff: The clubhouse carries an inventory of golf balls, including brand names like Titleist, Callaway, Bridgestone and others, and has a line of souvenir apparel including hats, shirts and pullovers. Tees, markers, gloves and other smaller ticket items are also for sale. A driving range is available for warmups or extra practice with small and large sized buckets of balls, available at the clubhouse.

• Bear Creek also features a Men’s Club which plays each Wednesday night at 5 p.m., and holds several special events, including a two-day, 36-hole championship tournament in August and once-monthly steak or burger fries. Information about joining, or visiting the Men’s Club Wednesday events, is available at the golf course. Annual dues are $70, which includes the monthly dinner events, entry into the Men’s Club

lunch, dinner Yes

(509) 996-2284;

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

bar; sandwiches and other lunch fare No (509) 826-6937;

championship, and membership in the Pacific Northwest Golf Association, which provides handicapping and a monthly magazine, with discounts around the Pacific Northwest and invitations to participate in a number of tournaments during the year (entry fees are not covered).

There is also a local Ladies Club which meets weekly. The exact schedule had not been posted prior to May 1.

There are again plans to host the Friday afternoon Scramble series during June, July and August. The weekly team event is open to the public and golfers of all abilities are welcome to join in. The entry fee is $5 per golfer, green and cart fees are not included. It’s a fun late afternoon tour of the golf course and is essentially a non-competitive social activity.

• Junior Golf Day Camp: Silas Shaw, a local golfer dad, is forming a week-long summer day camp in early July for kids between the ages of 10 and 18 interested in learning how to play. Instruction and mentorship will be provided on the range and on the course during the three-day camp and while not confirmed at press time, discussions are ongoing

regarding having a teaching pro available for part of the camp for added instruction in skill and technique development. Contact Shaw through the Bear Creek Clubhouse for more information.


Weekday green fees are $32 for nine holes, $50 for 18. On the weekends, the nine-hole rate goes to $35 and 18 holes will cost $54. Senior (over 62) and junior (20 and under) rates are discounted $5, youth (12 and under) rates are $10/$20 seven days a week. Cart rentals are $10/rider for nine holes, $18 for a full round. Pull carts are $6 per round.

Multiple sizes of buckets of balls, for warm-up or rigorous practice, are available at the clubhouse, for use on the driving range. There is also a small practice range located adjacent the workshop and cart storage building. Bring your own shag bag full of balls and be prepared to clean up after you are done.

Lessons are available, contact the golf course for more information and lesson appointments. Call (509) 996-2284; or visit

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YesYes Snack

Low-impact learning


With and without words, interpretive sites shed light on the natural and cultural communities in which we dwell and travel. Throughout the Methow Valley, parks, trail, and museums use signs, exhibits and artwork to introduce fresh perspectives and stimulate awareness of what’s going on around us.

Monument to the Methow and Pateros Museum, Pateros

The Methow Monument is located near the south end of Memorial Park and uses signs, sculpture, and images of Methow pictographs to convey the history and culture of the Methow People.

There’s a teepee and a salmon bake oven; the monument is landscaped with native plants that were significant to people of the Methow tribe. A paved trail leads to the Pateros Museum; signs along the way and exhibits inside chronicle various phases of the city’s history. For more information and some great pictures, visit https://pateros. com/business_detail_T2_R34.php and pateros_museum.php.


The center offers natural-history and native-culture exhibits, i ncluding Seasons of the People, River of Life, Emergence of the Methow (geology), and Methow Artifacts, plus monthly last-Sunday presentations. There is a n ative plant garden with signs in English and n̓səlxcin, the language of the Methow people; native pithouse; and lookout cabin replica. Accessible restroom; accessible parking and entry on the north. Located on the northwest

corner of the TwispWorks Campus at 210 Fifth Ave., Twisp. Admission is by donation; $5-$15 suggested. The garden is always open; for center hours and other information:



The focus is on fish at this site, where a series of linked ponds provides habitat for salmon, steelhead, and other species. An osprey sculpture marks the entrance; signs, more sculptures, and colorful nest boxes all contribute to the experience. Numbered markers are tucked among n ative plants along the trail. Learn more at and www.methowarts. o rg/river-twisp-ponds-discovery-center/.


The loop trail traverses an abandoned agricultural field and skirts the Methow River, showcasing land and river restoration ac tivities. Signs and a trailhead kiosk focus on natural and cultural history and the restoration project. Watch for species-specific nestboxes, as well as birds, fish, and other wildlife. Beavers are active in the area, and recently fallen trees attest to their handiwork. Open year-round; parking lot is not plowed in winter. D iscover Pass required. Learn more at get-involved/explore-habitat-project and r iver-cottonwood-trail/.



Close to the southern intersection of Highway 20 and Witte Road, the site includes an informational kiosk, Methow river access, and up-close viewing of side-channel restoration that has improved fish habitat. Learn more at www. and http://methowconservancy.


Signs along the one-mile loop trail explain features of plant and animal life and the Methow Valley’s glacier-sculpted terrain. Park at the lodge — the trailhead is near the tennis courts — or make your way up from the Chickadee Trailhead off Thompson Ridge Road. The loop comprises sections of the Kraule and View Ridge trails. For a trail map, go to https://methowtrails.

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org/apps-and-maps and click on the “Sun Mountain” link under “Summer Maps.”


Enjoy art, picnic facilities, a riverside trail, and signs celebrating the Methow’s rivers, fish, and, especially, native people. The 2-acre park, now owned by the Methow Valley Interpretive Center, is protected as a home for the spirits of the valley’s first people with a unique spirit easement. ADA parking is on site; other users park at the Spring Creek Ranch Trailhead on the north side of Twin Lakes Road/White Avenue. Follow the paved path to the Methow River Lodge and Cabins, then walk around the end of the lodge closest to Highway 20, where a path leads under the highway and into the park. Learn more and watch videos at www.homestreampark. com.


Dedicated to preserving and sharing local history, culture, and sense of place. Indoor and outdoor exhibits feature the Methow Valley’s settlement and homesteading p eriod. Open daily from Memorial Day through the week after Labor Day, circumstances permitting; limited hours before Memorial Day and later in September. Explore the outdoor farming and mining collections during daylight hours year-round. Gravel paths; most buildings have access ramps. Admission is by donation — $5 per

footpath from Riverside Avenue. For more information: (509) 3809911;


Wide, mostly level, and under half a mile each way, the trail follows the Chewuch River. Interpretive signs chronicle local history, including tribal use of the site, power and irrigation projects, and eventual restoration to support salmon recovery. Reach the site from 110 Bluff Street in Winthrop, just past the north end of Riverside Avenue — cross the footbridge between the River Pines Inn and the Chewuch Professional Building and turn right. For www. explore-habitat-project.


Start from the Winthrop Auditorium (Red Barn) parking lot to explore the Methow River’s riparian zone and learn more about critters in the river. The site is part of the Methow River Collaborative, an interdisciplinary project of the Department of Ecology, Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation, Bureau of Reclamation, and Methow Arts Alliance. Visit wp-content/uploads/2019/01/River-Collaborative-Main-Brochure. pdf for a brochure that includes a locator map.


Natural history is the theme of signs along a level trail that follows the Methow River through the woods for roughly a mile and a half. (For a longer walk, continue around a loop, without signs, then return

Accessible interpretive trails

The U.S. Forest Service maintains several accessible interpretive trails in and near the Methow Valley.

• Black Pine Lake Campground is located about 20 miles west of Twisp off the Buttermilk Creek Road. Trailhead pass (purchase on site), Northwest Forest Pass, or Interagency Pass required to park at the day-use area. A paved trail follows the shore of Black Pine Lake; signs describe aspects of the site’s natural history. At the far end there’s a view into the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness, with a peak finder that identifies the high points. Other features include benches, accessible vault toilets, and accessible fishing access. Learn more at okawen/recarea/?recid=59109.

• Washington Pass Overlook, 30 miles west of Winthrop, offers stunning views of Liberty Bell Mountain, the Early Winters

Spires, and more. In the fall, golden larches light up the slopes. There’s a paved, accessible trail; accessible restrooms; and signs covering the history of the North Cascades Highway and more. Two of William Stafford’s Methow River Poems are posted at the site. Learn more at www. recarea/?recid=59493 and washington-pass-overlook.

• Rainy Lake, 35 miles west of Winthrop, is reached by a paved trail, with information about forest ecology along the way. Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency Pass required, or buy a pass at the trailhead. Fishing allowed with a license. Picnic tables, accessible toilets, and drinking water available. The site is very popular and the parking lot is likely to be crowded. Learn more at www. recreation/recarea/?recid=59385.


to the parking area by the original route.) Discover Pass required. Seasonal closures and dog leashing requirements may be in effect to protect wildlife; find information at (click “Methow Wildlife Area”) and check the noticeboard at the trailhead before you venture out. Access off Highway 20 via Dripping Springs Road near milepost 186.

To learn about the Methow basin’s fish, explore the campground and look for signs along the trail that follows Early Winters Creek. There’s no fee for day use, but please don’t park at a designated camp site. Visit for more information.

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Sculptures, murals and more PUBLIC ART ENLIVENS


he Methow Valley has been attracting and inspiring artists for a long time, and much of their work is on display in the valley’s public spaces. Twisp has been designated as a creative district by Washington state’s arts commission, ArtsWA, recognizing the community’s burgeoning arts scene. This guide introduces some of the valley’s notable public art, in Twisp and beyond.


Steel sculptures and replicas of petroglyphs set into walkways help tell the story of the Methow people in a setting that encourages reflection on the role of the land and, in particular, the Columbia River, in native life. Listen to teaching artist Roxanne Best, an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, talk about the artwork and how it reflects traditional culture at watch?v=D7i_VZT97l0. The memorial is just past the Super Stop in Pateros.


The native people of the Methow Valley sustained themselves in part by spear fishing in local rivers. Steve Love’s sculpture commemorates the people and the practice. T he sculpture stands next to Highway 20 in front of the Twisp Self Storage complex east of town. Lawrence Therriault commissioned the piece; as a boy growing up in the valley, he watched Methow natives spearfishing in the river.


An outsize metal yellowjacket dominates the airspace above the Twisp Commons Park, a reminder of the ubiquitous insects that can

seem inescapable to outdoor diners in the summer.

Decades ago, car bodies were used as rip-rap to protect the banks of the Methow River from erosion. When the old cars were removed, welder Barry Stromberger used parts of the junkers to fashion the “Beeest.”

Read all about it at


In a farther corner of the Twisp Commons Park, five children walk side-by-side, carrying a bucket of water on an early-morning foray to the garden. They were created by Rich Beyers, best known for his Fremont sculpture “People Waiting

for the Interurban.” Byers made the cast-aluminum sculpture to honor his beloved grandchildren. Local sculptor Bruce Morrison talks about the piece and its creation in a video at watch?v=esQA4kr8bPU.


The metal sculptures at each end of Twisp are intended as gateways to give residents and visitors “a sense of arrival and a sense of place,” said artist Perri Howard, who created the monuments with her husband Craig. Designed to evoke the mountains that surround the valley, the sculptures flank Highway 20 west of Ayers Road near the south end of Twisp and just past the side channel

that runs under the highway north of town.


Mounted on buildings within the boundaries of Twisp’s creative district, the community connection panels highlight local history, community, and culture with scenes of a lookout tower, natural and agricultural landscapes, and the Methow Valley Community Center.

Created by Twisp-based artist Hannah Viano, the four steel panels with lively colored backgrounds can be seen facing Highway 20 on the sides of the Methow Valley Senior Center and the Twisp Feed store, and on Glover Street at The Cove and Methow Arts. Small silhouettes of all four designs have been applied to the walls of the bus kiosk near the north end of Glover Street. You can read about the project at


Canadian metal sculptor and longtime Methow Valley resident Bernard Hosey created dozens of massive metal spheres. Several have graced Twisp’s downtown at various times. Thanks to the Moccasin Lake Foundation, “Entro,” an eight-anda-half-foot diameter creation of surprising delicacy and intricate detail, has found a permanent home on the TwispWorks campus at the south end of Glover Street. On the other side of Glover Street, a monument made by Hosey marks the entry to downtown Twisp and the town’s Creative District.


Amy Gard painted the “Love is Love” mural on the south side of The Merc Playhouse building in 2022 as a tribute to Pride Month. Just west of Glover Street, the colorful painting has become a popular setting for snapshots as well as an emblem for inclusivity. Learn more about the artist, the mural, and the

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Photo by Sandra Strieby A rust-clad squirrel climbs a metal tree in Winthrop’s Homestream Park.

origins of the Pride movement at Or just stop by and take a picture with your loved ones.


Art meets nature at the Twisp Discovery Ponds. The former agricultural ponds and the land around them have been restored; the ponds now serve as salmon rearing habitat. Trails meander through the area, and sculptures by Dan Brown, Steve Love, Bruce Morrison, and Cordelia Bradburn reflect the life cycles of local wildlife and native plants.

The ponds are located ½ mile west of Highway 20 on Twisp River Road; Dan Brown’s metal sculpture of ospreys in their nest marks the entry. Visit www. and river-twisp-ponds-discovery-center/ to learn more.


Like the Methow Fishing sculpture east of Twisp, “Cowboy Draggin’ His Saddle” was commissioned by Lawrence Therriault. It’s a creation of Rich Beyer, who had a foundry in Pateros. The sculpture is outside the Winthrop Self Storage complex, on Highway 20 near the southern outskirts of Winthrop. There’s a good story about the sculpture, and some lessons on life, at features/beyer_saddle.html.


Homestream Park honors the return of native salmon to their home stream, and sculptures by the late Virgil “Smoker” Marchand convey

the essence of the relationships between the fish and the native people of the Methow Valley. The importance of other wildlife to the riparian and aquatic ecosystems is represented as well, with sculptures by Dan Brown and Bruce Morrison. Learn more at


Two murals adorn the small brick building behind the waxing hut at the northwest corner of the Spring Creek Ranch Trailhead parking lot. Artist-in residence Tori Karpenko worked with high school art students to create the panels. The mural facing the parking lot features a snowy landscape alive with winter sports; on the opposite side, early 20th century trapper Lydia Lyons Blevins poses near Hart’s Pass with her dog Bing.


“Solace” brings the natural world into Winthrop’s new library (across the road from the Spring Creek Ranch Trailhead parking lot). Made from a fire-hollowed red-cedar trunk and big enough to stand in, it’s a reminder of the wildfires that are integral to local ecosystems. It’s also beautiful, touchable and inviting, conveying hope and resilience.


Hand-painted signs and murals are part of the magic that brings the cando pioneer spirit to life in downtown Winthrop. It all began more than 50 years ago, and now the work is being refreshed by a dedicated team of volunteers.

On the south side of Three-Fingered Jack’s, the Pratt’s Healing Ointment

ad sports a new coat of paint; the map of the territory at the Winthrop Emporium is scheduled to be completed in time for ’49er Days this spring, weather permitting. Some signs have already been repainted; others will be in the works this summer. Early risers may be able to watch the sign-painters ply their craft.


In Winthrop’s Mack Lloyd Park, the stark silhouette of a wildland firefighter at work marks the “Methow Valley Firefighters Memorial.” Barry Stromberger created the memorial, which honors the four firefighters who died in the 2001 Thirtymile Fire, the three who perished in the 2015 Twisp River Fire, and others who have given their lives fighting forest fires in and around the valley. On the hill across the highway, a reflection site pays tribute to the men who lost their lives in the Twisp River Fire.


The Methow Valley has been blessed with talented mosaicists and volunteers willing to help

beautify their surroundings with small pieces of colored glass. In one of the most recent installations, a set of four mosaics celebrates the four seasons. Laura Ruud created the panels, which adorn the sides of a stock-watering cistern at the top of Patterson Mountain, as “a gift to the community.”

Mosaics are also on display on the front wall of the Winthrop post office and at the Methow Valley Community Center — a “flower of life” created by ILC students 10 years ago outside the doors on the east side, and a frieze of flowers inside in the ladies’ washroom.


Rich Beyer and Liberty Bell High School students collaborated to create “The War of the Frogs and the Cranes” through the ArtsWA’s Artist-in-Residence Program. The cast-aluminum sculpture is on the terrace above the Chickadee Trailhead parking lot, adjacent to the warming hut. Epic poet Homer is reputed to have written of a battle between frogs and mice. We are not sure how the war of the frogs and the cranes came about.

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The Methow Valley is more than a beautiful place to visit and recreate. It’s a working community, full of imaginative, energetic people who make their livelihoods growing, creating or producing things that are entirely portable, enjoyable and durable.

Make your Methow Valley memories tangible by 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.

More than 60 Methow Valley businesses are represented in the

Meet your maker

Methow Made program sponsored by TwispWorks. For a complete list, visit

Many local retailers carry selections of Methow-made products.

On the TwispWorks campus, the Methow Valley Goods retail store offers an eclectic collection of Methow creations. It is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

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 from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The Methow Makers Market, a twice-monthly “pop-up” outdoor market for arts and crafts, is scheduled to be staged at Confluence Park on Riverside Avenue in Winthrop. For lots of useful information, you may be able to find copies of the 2023 Methow Made publication produced by the Methow Valley News

Lake Chelan Arts Festival

Methow Valley Goods on the TwispWorks campus carries a wide range of locally produced items.

in conjunction with TwispWorks. To see a digital version, go to www., scroll to the bottom of the home page and click on the Methow Made cover.

The 2024 version of Methow Made will be available mid-summer at locations throughout the valley. For more information, call TwispWorks at 997-3300.

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Not just a recreational paradise


People who don’t know the Methow Valley often say things like “It’s beautiful. But what do you DO around here?”

And people who know the Methow Valley just smile, because although the Methow is renowned as a place of summer outdoor recreation, with numerous options for climbing, backpacking, day hiking, river rafting and tubing, paddleboarding, swimming, water skiing, mountain biking, and fishing, it’s also a place

where you can master a new skill, participate in the arts, compete in an athletic event, immerse yourself in the community, and learn something new.

W hen you don’t limit your options, the options are limitless.



The Methow Valley Music Festival promotes appreciation of chamber music. Their annual program brings in top-quality musicians worldwide to produce six summertime Centerstage concerts, which will be held at the Methow Valley Community

Center in Twisp. June 20, 22, 27, and 29, 2024:


Held at the Blues Ranch on the Methow River from July 19-21, the Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival is packed full of exciting national and regional entertainment f or all ages. With on-site camping, food and craft vendors, portable showers, and a beer garden, the Blues Ranch is the perfect setting for one of Washington’s finest music festivals:


Restaurants and bars in both Twisp and Winthrop feature evening entertainment like live music, open mic sessions, trivia nights, and other activities. You can also watch plays, concerts, poetry slams and other literary readings, and informal jam sessions at summer performances at The Merc Playhouse, Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Old Schoolhouse Brewery Taproom at TwispWorks, 1908 BBQ & Bourbon, Methow Valley Ciderhouse, the Branding Iron, Copper Glance, The Barnyard Cinema, Methow Arts, the Methow Valley Community Center, Winthrop Barn, Sun

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Mountain Lodge, Freestone Inn, Mazama Country Inn, Mazama Public House, Confluence Poets, TwispWorks, and Trail’s End Bookstore: community-calendar/.


Find topnotch art at The Confluence: Art in Twisp and at the Winthrop Gallery on Riverside Avenue; both feature works by Methow Valley artists. Some artists and craftspeople have open studio hours on the TwispWorks campus, where you can watch the artists at work. At Glassworks of Winthrop on the boardwalk you can see a glassblower in action. Some valley shops also display local art, notably Rocking Horse Bakery in Winthrop, and Cinnamon Twisp Bakery and Methow Arts, both in Twisp. Look for unique items at other boutiques and stores.


A one-stop destination for locally created products, Valley Goods in the TwispWorks campus features the work of more than 70 Okanogan Region artisans,

craftspeople, creators, and makers: ( t wispworks-partners/valley-goods/.


A longtime tradition in the Methow Valley, Arts Fest is a celebration of visual, performing, and theater arts. Music, dance, hands-on art-making booths, food, costumes, contests, and more. It’s always held on the Fourth of July, right after the parade through downtown Twisp: methowarts-events.


The Methow Valley boasts a range of public art, stretching from the upper reaches of the valley down into the confluence with the Columbia River at Pateros. Visit www. for a map and brief description of the art and artists. See related article, page 45.


In 1992 the poet William Stafford wrote a commissioned series of poems reflecting the landscape and

spirit of the North Cascades. The poems in this collection — the Methow R iver Poems — are engraved on steel plaques placed at various locations between Washington Pass and Pateros:


Browse for leisure-time reading material at Winthrop’s impressively stocked Trail’s End Bookstore on Riverside Avenue. Check out the children’s section at the back of the store, with big picture windows overlooking the river. Our two libraries, in Winthrop and Twisp, welcome visitors to browse the stacks in limited numbers, and both offer free Wi-Fi: locations. Free books can be found at one of the valley’s free little libraries, located in the Mazama Store courtyard and outside the Twisp Post Office. Take a book or leave a book.


The Barnyard Cinema opened in 2017 and has since become a place to experience the thrill of the silver

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screen and connect with other moviegoers. Through screenings of blockbusters, documentaries, animated, and independent films, Barnyard Cinema offers audiences the chance to be entertained, provoked, frightened, and stirred by characters and concepts: www.


Dedicated to connecting Methow Valley growers and producers with consumers, the Methow Valley Farmers Market runs every Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon from mid-April through late October at the Methow Valley Community Center parking lot in Twisp: https:// winthrop-farmers-market/.

A Sunday market running 10 a.m -2 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Winthrop Market in Mack Lloyd Park features artisan goods and other locally-made p roducts:



The Shafer Historical Museum preserves and shares the history, culture and sense of place in the Methow Valley to inspire human connection and learning. With its mining and pioneer history, replicas of homesteader cabins, turn-of-the20th-century dental office, store, school, and assay office, it’s fascinating to adults and kids alike. It’s location within walking distance of Winthrop makes it even more appealing: www.shafermuseum. org/visit.


Located an easy walk from downtown Winthrop via the Spring Creek Bridge, Homestream Park is dedicated to the rivers and fish of the Methow Valley, and to the Indigenous people, past and present, who have lived in and cared for the valley for thousands of years. Interpretive installations, a miniature fire lookout replica, and an a stounding collection of artwork by the late Smoker Marchand make this tiny gem of a park a magical place to visit:


When you’re in the Methow Valley you’re in the ancestral territory of the Methow People. Methow Descendants still live in and spend time in the Methow Valley, despite being forcibly relocated to the Colville Reservation in the late 1800s. The Methow Valley Interpretive Center on the TwispWorks campus offers exhibits, events, and classes that foster cultural awareness and understanding of Indigenous peoples and the natural history of the Methow Valley. A native plants garden, a fire lookout replica, and a traditional pit house provide delightful and educational exploration:

Learn more about the original inhabitants of the Methow Valley, and their descendants, at tinyurl. com/methowpeople.


Stand outside the Glassworks of Winthrop studio in downtown Winthrop and watch glassblower Garth Mudge create lamps, glassware, and sculptures from molten glass, all while entertaining you

with stories and some of the history of glassblowing: glassworks-of-winthrop.


The Twisp Ponds site is a complex of streams, rearing ponds, meandering trails, public art, and interpretive stations:

T he Sa-Teekh-Wa interpretive trail is easily accessible from downtown Winthrop across the pedestrian bridge with the same name, and winds 2 miles through pine stands along the Chewuch River: sa-teekh-wa-trail.


Scenic chairlift rides at Loup Loup Ski Bowl will transport you to a glorious view at the top of Little Buck Mountain at 5,260 feet. Gaze out at the magnificent forest unfolding below you, and get a sneak peek at the ski trails without their snow layer. Explore the summit and then walk or ride back down: www.skitheloup. org.


Wheels on your heels is so retro that it’s modern. Rent the Methow Valley Community Center (www. or the Winthrop Rink (www. w for roller skating.

Roller hockey — it’s a thing: www.


The Methow Valley offers three mini-golf options. Ice cream and miniature golf go hand-in-hand (cone in one hand, club in the other)

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in downtown Winthrop at Sheri’s Sweet Shoppe: On the eastern edge of Winthrop, the Abby Creek Inn runs an 18-hole mini golf course: www. After a round or two of mini golf at the Silverline Lakeside Resort, you can take a dip in nearby Pearrygin Lake:

Bear Creek Golf Course offers a 9-hole disc golf course, with no tee times required:

Loup Loup Ski Bowl also hosts a disc golf course: www.skitheloup. com.



The Methow Valley’s dark skies will show you the constellations like you’ve never seen them before. Check out Dave Ward’s article about summer stargazing on page 25, and read his Naked Eye column in the Methow Valley News for current happenings in galaxies near and far, far away. The Methow Conservancy offers an evening under the stars every August with astronomers and physicists. The Methow Valley Dark Sky Coalition is working to create a dark sky community for the Methow Valley and surrounding areas, which means better stargazing for all. They welcome involvement from residents and visitors: w


The Methow Valley’s three most prominent pedestrian-only bridges are gorgeous examples of cable bridge architecture and engineering. The Tawlks-Foster Suspension Bridge in Mazama is a traditional suspension bridge over the Methow River, with a nearby picnic shelter, interpretive signage, and a William Stafford poem plaque. Downvalley, the Sa Teekh Wa Bridge over the Chewuch River at the north end of downtown Winthrop and the Spring Creek Bridge over the Methow River are cable-stay bridges with easy access to the amenities of town. The Sa Teekh Wa Bridge connects to a riverside interpretive trail, while the Spring Creek Bridge delivers you to the Winthrop Rink, with roller skating and pickleball sessions.

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A few years ago the Methow Valley went crazy for pickleball and the passion hasn’t waned. Twisp and Winthrop both offer pickleball sessions, at the Methow Valley Community Center ( calendar) and the Winthrop Rink:



Get a massage, facial, manicure, pedicure or other personal pampering. Try the Nectar Skin Bar and Boutique or the Sunflower Massage & Spa in Winthrop, the TwiSpa in Twisp, or head up to Sun Mountain Lodge for special treament in their hilltop spa.


Looking for indoor exercise? Get a day pass at Winthrop Physical Therapy & Fitness and take advantage of a wide range of modern workout equipment in a pleasant environment, or take one of their regular f itness classes. Most of the local yoga studios offer drop-in rates and a welcoming atmosphere.


Parkrun is an international series of free community events where you can walk, job, run, volunteer, or spectate. The length of each parkrun is 5 kilometers and takes place on Saturday mornings. Winthrop parkrun meets at Methow Trails on Horizon Flat Road: www.


Savor locally roasted coffee at Blue Star Coffee Roasters, The Little Dipper, Rocking Horse Bakery, the Mazama Store, Oliver’s Artisan Kitchen, Cinnamon Twisp Bakery,

or the deli at Hank’s Harvest Foods. You’ll be served blends from one or the other of the Methow Valley’s specialty coffee companies: Blue Star Coffee Roasters in Twisp and Lariat Coffee Roasters in Winthrop. On the move? Roll through one of our coffee kiosks: Michael’s on Highway 20 in Twisp, or Pony Espresso on Highway 20 in Winthrop.


Visit our dining guide on pages 56-57 for information about the valley’s eateries, offering dining from casual to fine. There are many new restaurants in the Methow Valley, in addition to your old favorites.


This valley is full of interesting people who love to share their knowledge, experiences, poetic talents, and images with others. Talks ranging from natural history to travel to poetry are offered in both live and virtual formats. Visit www., calendar,,, and


You want to learn how to do something? There’s probably someone in the Methow Valley who can teach you. Think of it as summer school. Try classes, or



Meet people, support the local economy, and make some money. Plenty of businesses need part-time

and seasonal help over the summer. It’s a great way to find your niche in the valley:


One of the best ways to become a part of a community is to plug into the organizations that define it. The Methow Valley is home to dozens — some say nearly 100 — nonprofit organizations with missions ranging f rom conservation to arts education to social services. The Volunteer Methow website will tell you all about volunteer opportunities in the

valley. Filling a need might just be one of the most meaningful things you’ll do all summer:


Keep up with local goings-on with a subscription to the Methow Valley News, delivered to you once a week with fresh stories and tons of useful information. Call (509) 997-7011, email, visit our website, w, or find us on Facebook for daily news and updates.

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Visitor information


TWISP: 997-2926; 201 Methow Valley Highway (Methow Valley Community Center)

WINTHROP: 996-2125; 49 Highway 20


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


HANK’S MINI MARKET: 410 E. Methow Valley Highway, Twisp; 997-4332; 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


TWISP MUNICIPAL AIRPORT: 40 Wagner Road, Twisp; 997-2311

METHOW VALLEY STATE AIRPORT: Twisp-Winthrop Eastside Road; (360) 618-2477




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



HOSPITAL: 910 Highway 20, Winthrop: 996-3231;

VALLEY VETERINARY CLINIC: 20335 Highway 20, Twisp; 997-8452; www.valleyveterinaryclinictwisp. com

WINTHROP VETERINARY CLINIC: 523 Highway 20, Winthrop; 9962793;


TWISPWORKS: 502 S. Glover St., Twisp; 997-3300;

PINE NEAR RV PARK: 316 Castle Ave., Winthrop; (509) 341-4062;

INN AT MAZAMA: 15 Country Road, Mazama; 996-2681; www.

SUN MOUNTAIN LODGE, WINTHROP: 996-2211; www. sunmountainlodgecom

TWISP RIVER SUITES: 140 W. Twisp Ave., Twisp; 997-0100; www.

EAST 20 PIZZA: 720 Highway 20, Winthrop; 996-3996;

ABBYCREEK INN: 1006 Highway 20, Winthrop; 996-3100;



OKANOGAN TRANSIT AUTHORITY (TRANGO): www.okanogantransit. com; (509) 557-6177

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TWISP POLICE DEPARTMENT: 9976112; departments/police-department

WINTHROP MARSHAL’S OFFICE: 996-2160; www.winthropmarshals. com






TWISP: 997-4681; 201 Methow Valley Highway (Methow Valley Community Center); www.ncwlibraries. org/locations/twisp-public-library; wireless hot spot

WINTHROP: 996-2685; 112 Norfolk Road;; w ireless hot spot


LAUNDROMAT, SHOWERS AND FREE WI-FI AT WASHWORKS: Highway 20, Twisp; 997-0336; www.


U.S. FOREST SERVICE: 996-4000; 24 W. Chewuch Rd., Winthrop METHOW TRAILS: 996-2387; 21 Horizon Flat Road, Winthrop; www.

WINTHROP RINK: 996-4199; www.



NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK: Newhalem visitor center, (206) 386-4495 ext.11; noca/index.htm.

WASHINGTON DEPT. OF FISH & WILDLIFE: (360) 902-2200; www.

LOUP LOUP SKI BOWL: https://; (509) 557-3401


CASCADE KING’S: 1421 Methow Valley Hwy S., Twisp; 997-2513;

FARMERS STATE BANK: 159 Riverside Ave., Winthrop; 996-2244;


TWISP: 997-2020;

WINTHROP: 996-2125;

OMAK: (509) 826-1880 or (800) 225-6625;

OKANOGAN: (509) 422-4034;

BREWSTER: (509) 689-3464;

PATEROS: (509) 923-9636; www.


METHOW RECYCLES: 997-0520; 12 Twisp Airport Road;


CITY OF PATEROS: (509) 923-2571; www.

TOWN OF TWISP: 997-4081; 118 S. Glover St.;

BREWSTER: (509) 689-2086; www.

MID-VALLEY HOSPITAL, OMAK: (509) 826-1760;



BREWSTER CLINIC: (509) 826-1800






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Featured Lodging

Base Camp 49 is Mazama’s new luxury micro-resort with four twobedroom nightly rental homes, sleeping up to six guests each. Enjoy recreation at your door. All cabins feature a private covered patio, propane fire pits, courtyards and stunning views in all directions. Available also for groups, weddings and events.

Cabins of The Methow is the local nightly rental service managed by The Inn at Mazama for over 35 years. Our portfolio includes over 50 cabins and homes in The Methow Valley’s best places, from rustic log cabins to modern architect-designed get-aways. All with full kitchens and 2-5 bedrooms. Let us help you book your next stay.

Escape to Casia Lodge & Ranch, nestled on 300 private acres in the Methow Valley. Luxurious accommodations, casual fine dining and impeccable hospitality await. Relax in our heated pool, sauna and hot tub or experience horseback riding, fishing and guided nature walks. We look forward to welcoming you.

Located directly on the bank of the Methow River, Riverbend RV Park is central to all the adventures the Methow Valley offers including fishing, floating, hiking, biking, horseback riding and more.  Or, just sit back and relax at the riverside.  We offer everything from tent sites to full hookups.

The Inn at Mazama  is your adventure basecamp, located at the heart of downtown Mazama, steps from the trails, store and pub. Ski, hike or bike from your back door. Available for weddings, yoga retreats & group events. 18 relaxing rooms with kitchenettes. Pool, hot tub, tennis and pickleball, yoga studio, private offices, meeting rooms. Petfriendly units. Private cabins also an option.

Private nightly rental cabins in the Upper Methow Valley. Timberline Meadows enjoys a secluded location with spectacular views from the tree line, close to Mazama and a short drive to the North Cascades hiking trailheads. 1-3 bedroom vacation homes available. Reservations managed by The Inn At Mazama.

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

7-11 Patterson Rd, Mazama

Multiple Locations 416-5463

20556 Hwy 20, Twisp 997-3500

19961 Hwy 20, Twisp 996-2681

45 Timberline Lane, Winthrop 996-2681 996-2681

15 Country Rd., Mazama 996-2681


140 West Twisp Ave., Twisp

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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Lodging Guide

AbbyCreek Inn | 1006 Hwy 20, Winthrop | 996-3100 |

Base Camp 49 | 7 - 11 Patterson Road, Mazama | 996-2681 |

Brown’s Farm | 887 Wolf Creek Road, Winthrop | 996-2571 |

Bunkhouse Inn | 209 Bluff Street, Winthrop | 996-2148 |

Cabins of the Methow | Multiple locations | 996-2681 |

Casia Lodge and Ranch | 20556 State Route 20, Twisp | 509-416-5463 |

Chewuch Inn | 223 White Avenue, Winthrop | 996-3107 |

Farm House | 709 Hwy 20, Winthrop | 996-3113 |

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

Hotel Rio Vista | 285 Riverside Avenue, Winthrop | 996-3535 |

Idle-A-While Motel | 505 North Hwy 20, Twisp | 997-3222 |

The Inn at Mazama | 15 Country Road, Mazama | 996-2681 |

Mazama Ranch House | 10 Country Road, Mazama | 996-2040 |

Methow Reservations | Multiple locations | 996-2148 |

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

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

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

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

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

North Cascades Mountain Hostel | 209 Castle Avenue, Winthrop | 240-9393 |

Observatory Inn | 237 Castle Avenue, Winthrop | 996-2739 |

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

Riverbend RV Park | 19961 Hwy 20, Twisp | 997-3500 |

River Run Inn | 27 Rader Road, Winthrop | 996-2173 |

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

River Pines inn | 114 Bluff Street, Winthrop | 322-4062 |

Rolling Huts | 18381 Hwy 20, Winthrop | 996-3551 |

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

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

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

Sun Mountain Lodge | 604 Patterson Lake Road, Winthrop | 996-2211 |

Timberline Meadows | 45 Timberline Lane, Winthrop | 996-2681 |

Twisp River Inn | 894 Twisp River Road, Twisp | 997-4011 |

Twisp River Suites | 140 West Twisp Avenue, Twisp | 997-0100 |

Virginian Resort | 808 Hwy 20 | 866-996-2535 |

Winthrop Inn | 960 Hwy 20, Winthrop | 996-2217 |

Winthrop KOA Campground | 1114 Hwy 20, Winthrop | 996-2258 |

Winthrop Mountain View Chalets | 1120 Hwy 20, Winthrop | 996-3113 |

Wolf Creek Cabins & Lodging | 1 Wolf Ridge Lane, Winthrop | 996-2148 |

Wolf Ridge Resort | 22 Wolf Ridge Lane, Winthrop | 996-2828 |

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Featured Eateries

Experience the flavors of the Methow Valley crafted by James Beard Award-winning Chef Jason Wilson. Open daily at 5pm with weekend happy hour specials, indulge in locally sourced menus plus craft cocktails and local beer and wine with sweeping views and warm hospitality. Reservations recommended; walk-ins welcome.

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!

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. Summer hours 12-8, Monday through Saturday, with patio seating.

Welcome to Three Fingered Jack’s, Washington state’s oldest legal saloon. Come in to watch a game or play a game of pool! We offer fun, family-friendly dining and a full bar 7 days a week, 11am-9pm with dinner specials 5pm-9pm and breakfast 7am-10:30am Fri-Sun only. See you soon!

Riverside dining for all ages featuring delicious house-made specialties & desserts, 12 rotational craft beers & ciders, wine, artisan cocktails, 40+ Kentucky bourbons & ryes, games, live music, & private events & a dog-friendly patio. Menu options served until close.

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! 416-5463

20556 Hwy 20, Twisp 996-3996

720 Hwy 20, Winthrop 997-0247

102 Methow Valley Hwy, Twisp 996-2411

176 Riverside Ave, Winthrop


201 N. Methow Valley Hwy., Twisp 509-881-5751

228 Riverside Ave, Winthrop

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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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

Dining Guide

6 Point Saloon | 3 Twisp Airport Rd, Twisp | 509-679-9926 |

Arrowleaf Bistro | 207 White Ave., Winthrop | 996-3919 |

BJ’s Branding Iron | 123 N. Glover St., Twisp | 997-0040 |

Blue Star Coffee Roasters | 1240 E Methow Valley Hwy, Twisp | 997-2583 |

Boardwalk Burgers | 207 Riverside Ave, Winthrop

Brix Wine Bar & Bottle Shop | 229 Riverside Ave., Winthrop | 996-3229 |

Carlos 1800 | 149 Riverside Ave., Winthrop | 996-2245 |

Casia Lodge and Ranch | 20556 State Route 20, Twisp | 509-416-5463 |

Cinnamon Twisp Bakery | 116 N. Glover St., Twisp | 997-5030 |

Copper Glance | 134A Riverside Ave., Winthrop | 433-7765 |

East 20 Pizza | 720 Highway 20, Winthrop | 996-3996 |

El Valle | 123 N. Glover St., Twisp | 997-1068

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

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

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

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

Jupiter | 248 Riverside Ave., Winthrop | 996-3651 |

LaFonda Lopez | 102 Highway 20, Twisp | 997-0247 |

Deli, Espresso

Lal’s Fork | 502 S Glover S, Twisp | 557-0977 | Sri Lankan, Curry, Small Bites L, D

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

The Little Dipper Café & Bakery | 94 Bridge Street, Winthrop | 996-2127 | Café, Bakery B,

Mazama Public House - An OSB Place | 516 Goat Creek Rd, Mazama | 519-4321 | Feel Good Pub Grub D, Late

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

Methow Fresh | Pickup or Delivery in Winthrop, Mazama, Twisp | 509-429-8803 |

Bakery, Deli B, L

Multi-cuisine B, L, D

Methow Valley Ciderhouse | 28 Highway 20, Winthrop | 312-1790 | BBQ, American, Tacos B, L, D

Methow Valley Thriftway | 920 Highway 20, Winthrop | 996-2525 | Deli B, L, D

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

Old Schoolhouse Brewery Taproom | TwispWorks, Twisp | 997-0902 |

Pub grub L, D, Late

Snacks + drinks Late

Pardner’s Mini Market | 900 Highway 20, Winthrop | 996-2005 | Deli B, L, D

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

RYZO Wines | Glover Street, Twisp | (509) 557-0788 |

Sheri’s Sweet Shoppe | 207 Riverside Ave, Winthrop | 996-3834 |

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

The 1908 Barbeque and Bourbon | 101 N Glover Street, Twisp | 269-2338 |

The Dining Room at Sun Mountain Lodge | 604 Patterson Lk Rd, Winthrop | 996- 4707 |

Three Fingered Jack’s | 176 Riverside Ave. Winthrop | 996-2411 |

Twisp Chevron/Sub Shop | 126 Methow Valley Highway, Twisp | 997-3181

Twisp River Tap House | 201 Methow Valley Highway North, Twisp | 881-5751 |

Winthrop Store | 228 Riverside Ave., Winthrop | 996-2175 |

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

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

Bakery, Deli

Small plates

Sweets, Bakery/Deli, Espresso B, L

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Directory of advertisers

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■ B ICYCLE DEALERS/REPAIR Methow Cycle & Sport . . . . . .24 ■ CAFÉS/DINING/ESPRESSO
Lodge and Ranch 47 L aFonda Lopez Restaurant 50 Lost River Winery . . . . . . . . . 2 RYZO Wines 11 Three Fingered Jack’s 40 Twisp River Tap House 20 Winthrop Store 11
CAMPGROUNDS/RV PARKS Big Twin Lake Resort 19 Riverbend RV Park 46 ■ EM ERGENCY SERVICES Three Rivers Hospital 15 ■ E VENT FACILITIES Bear Creek Golf Course 15 Twisp River Tap House 20 Pipestone Canyon Ranch 49 Winthrop Barn Auditorium . . . 46 ■ E VENTS/FESTIVALS Lake Chelan Arts Festival 47 Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Methow Valley Farmers Market 3 Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival 59 ■ FU EL Winthrop Store 11 ■ H EALTH/MEDICAL Family Health Centers 8 Three Rivers Hospital 15 ■ I NSURANCE SERVICES VIP Insurance Agency 12 ■ L OCAL GOODS & PRODUCE Booth Canyon Orchard 12 Lost River Winery . . . . . . . . . 2 Methow Valley Farmers Market 3 Methow Valley Goods 44 Methow Valley Jewelers Collective 51 The Confluence Gallery 28 RYZO Wines 11 ■ L ODGING Abby Creek Inn 36 Base Camp 49 26 Casia Lodge and Ranch 47 Chewuch River Guest Ranch 28 Frank Hotels 32 Methow Reservations 60 The Inn at Mazama 2 Twisp River Suites 59 ■ M USEUMS Shafer Historical Museum 32 ■ OR GANIZATIONS Methow Conservancy 53 Methow Trails 22 Shafer Historical Museum . . . 32 ■ R ADIO KTRT 97.5 FM 51 ■ R EAL ESTATE Blue Sky Real Estate 9 Coldwell Banker Winthrop Realty 20 ■ R ECREATION/ACTIVITIES Bear Creek Golf Course 15 Methow Trails 22 Methow Valley Farmers Market 3 North Cascades Fly Fishing . . 53 Slide Waters 26 Winthrop Rink 3 ■ RE TAIL Lost River Winery . . . . . . . . . 2 Methow Cycle & Sport 24 Methow Valley Jewelers Collective 51 Methow Valley Goods 44 Outdoorsman 40 The Confluence Gallery 28 RYZO Wines 11 Valley Harware Do-It Center . . 44 ■ RO LFING Cascade Rolfing 22 ■ SP ORTING GOODS Methow Cycle & Sport 24 The Outdoorsman 40
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