Methow Valley Winter Trails

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Cross-country Ski - Methow Community Trail

Half day ski tour on the Methow Community Trail taking in the intermediate Bitterbrush and Barnsley Lake Trails. Part of Methow Valley Winter Trails weekend

  • N2 Nordic Advanced Basic Ski
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi

We will meet at 9:00 at the Winthrop Town Trail Head

 Please make sure to have purchased your trail pass ahead of time. Look here for more information on trail pass purchase.

From the Winthrop Town Trailhead we'll cross-country ski on the flat Methow Community Trail  about 2.6 miles to Power's Plunge.  We will ski (herringbone) up it circling back to the intermediate  Bitterbrush and Barnsley Lake Trails, then rejoin the Community trail back to the trailhead for a total of about 8 miles.  The plan is to be back around noon.

This is a nordic advanced basic ski and requires the ability to ascend and descend intermediate hills.   A good standard of fitness and stamina is required. This trip is not suitable for first time Nordic skiers: even those with Alpine ski experience. Classic waxless skis preferred.  

This activity is part of Methow Valley Winter Trails month.  There are a variety of other cross-country ski and snowshoe trips over the weekend you can participate in as well as other activities. For full details please visit:https://www.mountaineers.org/locations-lodges/foothills-branch/events/methow-valley-ski-weekend 

  The Methow Valley is roughly 250 miles and 4 - 5 hours from Seattle. Make a weekend of it and stay in Winthrop or elsewhere in the Methow Valley .  

Lodging options can be found here:   https://www.methowreservations.com/search/browse

Carpool options:  If you are hoping for a ride to the Methow Valley you will have a better chance if you set your profile to "Open" and provide carpool information such as the area you live in and  locations you can reach by transit to meet a driver.

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Methow Valley Winter Trails



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