Methow Valley Winter Trails


Beginner Snowshoe - Methow Valley Winter Trails

Moderately challenging snowshoe trip from Sun Mountain Lodge along a ridgetop with views of mountains, the town of Winthrop and the upper Methow Valley. Part of the Winter Trails Days in the Methow Valley.

  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 4.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 700 ft

Sun Mountain Lodge, 9am

This trip is part of the Winter Trails Day Jan. 8- 10 event in the Methow Valley.  This is about a five-hour drive from Seattle, assuming good road conditions. 

We will do a loop from the Sun Mountain Lodge, out on the Black Bear Trail and returning on the View Ridge Trail.  If we are lucky enough to have clear weather, we will have some great views out over the valley.  This will be a moderately challenging snowshoe outing, suited for individuals who have done some snowshoeing previously.  Be prepared to be out in the snow for three hours, with suitable clothing (layering system), food, and water.

Sun Mountain Lodge rents snowshoes, and also sells the $5 Methow Trails One-Day Snowshoe Pass (required).  (An MVSTA ski pass is also valid on the snowshoe trails.)  Ski poles are recommended but not required. 

Guests (non members of the Mountaineers) as well as members are invited to sign up in advance for this trip. For visitors either call the Mountaineers Member Services on 206-521-6001 or visit click on "join" on the top right hand corner, then select GUEST ADULT FREE and follow the steps.

This trip is part of the "Celebrate Winter Trails in the Methow" Jan. 8- 10 event. Visit the event listing for full details:  This URL also includes lodging suggestions. The Methow Valley is roughly 250 miles and 4 - 5 hours from Seattle. Make a weekend of it an stay in Winthrop or elsewhere in the Methow Valley on Jan. 8 & 9. There will be lots to do including Nordic ski trips on the 9th and 10th.


Methow Valley Winter Trails

  • Green Trails Sun Mtn/Methow No. 83S

    Green Trails Doe Mtn No. 52

    Green Trails Mazama No. 51

    MVSTA Trail Maps (see Land Manager)

    Green Trails Twisp No. 84

    Green Trails Buttermilk Butte No. 83
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