Cross-country Ski - Sun Mountain Trails


Cross-country Ski - Sun Mountain Trails

On Day Three of the Methow Classic Ski Weekend we will explore Sun Mountain’s lovely wooded easy green and intermediate blue trails leaving from the Chickadee Trailhead.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • *Varies*
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 330 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 2,800 ft
  • Pace: intermediate pace on the flat sections

We will meet at 9:00 a.m. at Chickadee Trailhead parking lot. From the town of Winthrop, drive 3 miles on Twin Lakes Road, turn onto Patterson Lake Road, drive 7 miles, turn left unto Thompson Ridge Road (forest service road 4410), and the Chickadee Trailhead is on the left side of road below Sun Mountain Lodge.

It is between a 15 to 20 minute drive from downtown Winthrop to Chickadee Trailhead.

On the third day Methow Weekend Intermediate ski trip we will  ski on Sun Mountain’s intermediate blue and easy green trails below Thompson Ridge and on either side of Beaver Pond.

Intermediate/N3 Classic Ski Skills include:  the ability to ascend and descend smaller hills, good braking,  and ski at an intermediate continuous pace on the less hilly sections.  Feel free to call or email me if you have any questions about the skill set and pace required for this intermediate/N3 trip before you register. 

Plan on arriving to the Methow at least one day before the planned ski. It is an approx. 3.5 hour drive from Western WA.

Methow Lodging: Please get your lodging first before signing up for this ski trip. Lodging options can be found here:

We will follow all Mountaineer COVID-19 Guidelines on this trip. Come prepared with your face mask, hand-sanitizer, and other safety essentials.  Please read and review the Mountaineer's COVID 19 Response for the latest up-to-date guidelines that we will follow, which includes: pulling up our masks when needed, social distancing at trail meet-ups, and participants cancelling the trip if s/he have had exposure to COVID-19 before the trip.


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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