Beginner Snowshoe - Methow Valley Winter Trails


Beginner Snowshoe - Methow Valley Winter Trails

Easy, short snowshoe trip from Sun Mountain Lodge along a ridgetop to an abandoned homestead with views of mountains and the upper Methow Valley. Part of the Winter Trails Days in the Methow Valley.

  • Sun, Jan 10, 2016
  • Seattle Snowshoeing Committee
  • Snowshoeing
  • 20-30 Somethings, Singles, Youth, Adults, Families
  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 3.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 460 ft

8:30 AM in Public Parking off of Twin Lakes Rd/White Ave just south of the Winthrop Ice and Sports Rink. We'll then convoy up to Sun Mountain Lodge.

This trip is part of the "Celebrate Winter Trails in the Methow" Jan. 8 - 10 event. Winthrop, in the heart of the Methow Valley, is located in North Central Washington around 240 miles and 4:30 from Downtown Seattle, so make it a weekend of exploration! Visit the event listing for full details.

The old Hough Homestead, which serves as the destination for Sun Mountain Lodge's summer Cowboy Breakfast and Dinner Trail Rides, also makes for a nice beginner snowshoe experience. At only three total miles and 500' of elevation loss/gain, it's the perfect trip to get some fresh air and enjoy the view, while still leaving plenty of time for the drive home. Starting from the Sun Mountain Lodge area, we'll go out on the Horse and View Ridge Trails, visit the homestead, and return eastward on the Kraule Trail.

Sun Mountain Lodge rents snowshoes, and also sells the $5 Methow Trails One-Day Snowshoe Pass (required). Ski poles are recommended but not required.

Guests, i.e. non-members of the Mountaineers, as well as our 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.


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
  • See full route/place details.
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