Methow Valley Winter Trails


Cross-country Ski - Sun Mountain Trails

A half day trip to enjoy the Sun Mountain trails. Part of the Methow Valley Winter Trails weekend

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

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. 

We will carpool from there to the Chickadee Trailhead  ready to ski about 9:30 am.

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

We will  start from the Chickadee trailhead and ski a variety of mostly green (easy) but also some blue (intermediate) trails including Beaver Pond, Lower Fox, Little Wolf and YellowJacket for an approximately 8 mile loop. 

 The trails should be well groomed with classic track and skate lane trails.  There may be some small hills that will require wedge brake and turn to descend 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.

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: 

  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:

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.


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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