|National Trails Day:
Celebrating Trails in the Methow
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Join us for a weekend of hiking in the Methow Valley from Friday evening, June 6 and to Sunday morning, June 8. All activities over the National Trails Day Weekend at Sun Mountain are open to Mountaineer members, guests, residents of the Methow Valley, and visitors. You do not need to be a Mountaineers member to participate in the weekend or register for any of the hikes, but you will need to register as a Mountaineers guest and sign a waiver to participate. Please contact the Mountaineers Program Center at 1-800-573-8484 for more information on how to do this.
The hikes offered include one longer 12 mile hike at a moderate pace, one shorter 8.5 mile hike at a moderate pace, short morning and afternoon hikes at a social pace, and short morning and afternoon photography hikes at a leisurely pace all on the Sun Mountain trails. Hike descriptions and links to registration are below. Participant numbers on all the hikes are limited and you must register in advance to participate. To register, click on the hike option link of your choice. Participants of the short and photo hikes can sign up for either or both am and pm hikes but will need to register for each separately. If you wish to participate in both an am and pm hike, you will need to contact the Mountaineers office to register a second time (1-800-573-8484). All hikes start and end at Sun Mountain Lodge. There will also be an opportunity to take self-guided walks and hikes and to go horseback riding during National Trails Day and over the whole weekend. Please contact the Sun Mountain Lodge Activities Shop for more details: email@example.com or call: (509) 996-4735.
Discounted lodging on June 6 and June 7 is available for a limited number at Sun Mountain Lodge. Participants are responsible for making their own reservations and are welcome to find their own lodging elsewhere in the Winthrop area (including several camp grounds (visit www.centralreservations.net) and a new hostel (www.northcascadesmountainhostel.com).
On Friday, June 6, there will be a No Host Reception at the Wolf Creek Bar & Grill in Sun Mountain Lodge. from 6-8 pm. Come meet the other folks who will be thre for the weekend's activities. For dinner on Friday and Saturday nights, there are several options available at Sun Mountain Lodge and elsewhere in Winthrop and the neighboring town of Twisp.
Lodging at Sun Mountain Lodge, Nr Winthrop, WA 98862:
Half-price rooms are offered to Mountaineer members in the main lodge for June 6 and June 7. It is your responsibility to reserve your own lodging. Lodge $110 + tax; Lodge Deluxe, Mt. Gardner or Patterson 1-Bdrm cabins $150 + tax; Mt. Robinson or Patterson Loft Suites $225 + tax.
Note: Room rates are for single or double occupancy and there is no additional charge for extra guests in a room. Sun Mountain does not charge any form of resort, parking, valet or internet fees. Rates may be extended two days prior and post event as availability allows. Participants can share a room with other Mountaineers, family members and friends who wish to take part in this exciting National Trails Day event. Please make room bookings through Sun Mountain Lodge: 800-572-0493. Ask for the Mountaineers rate.
For more details on Sun Mountain Lodge visit: www.sunmountainlodge.com Other lodging in the Methow Valley including inns, bed and breakfast and camping can be seen by visiting www.centralreservations.com
All hikes are loops starting and finishing at Sun Mountain Lodge. Registration opens on March 3. Click on the link in the description to go to the registration page.
HIKE OPTION 1 FULL DAY: Led by Gregg Pilgreen. Total mileage: 12 miles, elevation gain 2100 feet. Moose, Black Bear (partial), Winthrop (partial), Patterson Mountain, Cabin, Chickadee (partial), Beaver Pond, and Kraule trails. Departure time: 8:30 am from Sun Mountain Lodge.
HIKE OPTION 2 FULL DAY: Led by Kelly Cleman. Total mileage: 8.5 miles, elevation gain 1800 feet. Includes all or parts of Kraule, Beaver Pond, Chickadee, Cabin Trail, Patterson Mountain, Lakeview, and Sunnyside trails. Departure time: 9:00 am from Sun Mountain Lodge.
HIKE OPTION 3 HALF DAY-AM: Led by Chris Ensor. Total mileage: 2.5 miles, elevation gain 600 feet. Includes all or parts of Moose, Grizzly Hill (west), Black Bear, Hough Homestead, and Kraule trails. This particular loop should be noted that the initial drop is about 250 feet of elevation in a short while. Not bad but may be noticeable for those with bad knees. Departure time: 9:30 am from Sun Mountain Lodge.
HIKE OPTION 4 HALF DAY-PM: Led by Chris Ensor. Total mileage: 3 miles, elevation gain 650 feet. Includes all or parts of Kraule, Hough Homestead, Rodeo, Helfer, Beaver Pond, Short Cut, and Sunnyside trails. A three mile loop with great variety (ridge top, forests, water and open hillsides). The initial drop is about 350 feet and is a gradual over that strong 1/2 mile. The last up is about 300 feet of elevation over an even longer 1/2 mile). Departure time: 2:00 pm from Sun Mountain Lodge.
HIKE OPTION 5 Photography Hike-AM: Led by Heidi Walker. Join this leisurely photography hike on a 2.5 mile trail around the Beaver Pond. As we follow the trail, we'll have the opportunity to photograph forested settings, marshes and possibly beavers. A great way to stretch your morning legs and enjoy some creative activities to get your day started. Departure time: 7:45 am from Sun Mountain Lodge.
HIKE OPTION 6 Photography Hike-PM: Led by Heidi Walker. Think interpretive trails are boring? Think again as we focus (literally, with cameras) on the flowers and grand landscapes along the 1 mile interpretive trail. We'll have great afternoon light as we immerse ourselves in the creative pursuits of photography. A beautiful way to wind down after a full day. Departure time: 2:30 pm from Sun Mountain Lodge.
Saturday Night Entertainment:
Presentation: Back at Sun Mountain Lodge there will be a presentation on “Great Day Hikes in the North Cascades” by Don Portman, owner and operator of Methow Valley Ski School, Winthrop, Ski Program Director and Trails Manager for Sun Mountain Lodge and Past President of the Methow Valley Sports Trails Association (MVSTA). Steve Payne, Board Member of Washington Trails Association (WTA), will also be there to talk about the great work WTA is doing on Washington's trails. The presentation will be from 7:30 to 9:30 pm and no prior registration is required.
Traveling To and From the Event
If you are traveling from the Puget Sound region, carpooling may be an option if your departure times coincide with other participants. Prior to the event, we will provide email addresses for all participants so that you may broadcast your travel plans and try to find someone who is compatible to travel with. Standard Mountaineers carpooling rates will apply.
The recommended route follows the Cascade Loop www.cascadeloop.com; journey to Winthrop via Stevens Pass, Leavenworth, Wenatchee and Chelan, return from Winthrop over Highway 20 via Washington and Rainy Passes. The round trip mileage is approximately 400 miles.
Each of the journeys out and back will involve about 4 hours driving from Puget Sound. Making stops for meals, restrooms and to admire the spectacular views could increase this to about 6 hours out and 6 hours back.
Other National Trails Day Activities at Sun Mountain:
To be listed as information is available.
If you have any questions about this event, please contact Chris Ensor or Kelly Cleman.