Methow Valley Winter Trails


Cross-country Ski - Methow Valley Winter Trails

Explore the West end of the Community Trail from Winthrop towards Wolf Ridge. 12 miles round trip and 200 ft. elevation gain

  • Sat, Jan 7, 2017
  • Foothills Hiking Committee
  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Singles, 20-30 Somethings, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi

Meeting place and time

9:00 am Winthrop Town Trailhead and Rink (use upper parking lot). Details on how to find the meeting place will be e-mailed to those who register several days before the trip. 

There will be carpool options to and from Winthrop for those signed up on the trip.

Leader's notes:  

We will ski part of the Methow Community Trail west towards Wolf Ridge.  This is a scenic trail with few hills.  At Wolf Ridge is a Warming Hut where we will plan to lunch before turning around and skiing back.  This will make about 18 K (11miles) round trip. 

The trails should be well groomed with classic track and skate lane trails and some small hills that will require a good wedge brake and wedge turn to descent and herringbone to ascend some sections. 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, but skating is also an option.

A Methow trail pass is required for everyone 18 years and older. This is $ 24.00 for an adult day trail pass available on line or from sports outlets in Winthrop, Sun Mountain Lodge or Mazama. Anyone 17 years or under ski for free!

For details visit:

Guests (non members of the Mountaineers) as well as members are invited to sign up in advance for this trip. Guests can 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 Winter Trails Weekend Jan. 6-8 event. Visit the event listing for full details:   This URL also includes lodging suggestions.  It is suggested you book your lodging at the same time you register for this trip.

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. 6 & 7.   There will be lots to do including other cross-country ski trips or snowshoe trips on Sunday.


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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