Day Hike - Sun Mountain/Morning Hike

Sun Mountain/Morning Hike

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10:00 AM at Sun Mountain Lodge Lobby

This hike is part of a weekend trip to the Methow Valley leaving Seattle on Friday, June 1 and returning Sunday, June 3. An optional car pool will be organized to travel to and from the Methow Valley over the Cascade Loop.

This hike will include all or part of the following marked Sun Mountain trails: Moose, Grizzly Hill (west), Black Bear, Hough Homestead, Kraule trails. See Green Trails Special Series Sun Mountain NO 83S.
The hikes offered over the weekend (a longer 13 mile hike at a moderate pace, a shorter 8 ½ mile hike at a leisurely pace, this short morning hike, and a short afternoon hike) will be led on the Sun Mountain trails and all start and end at Sun Mountain Lodge. Participants of the short hikes can sign up for either or both am and pm hike but will need to register for each separately. There will be other activities at Sun Mountain Lodge as a part of a celebration of the National Trails Day event on June 2 supported by the Mountaineers and a range of other organizations.
Lodging Details:
If you are interested in sharing lodging at the Patterson Lake Cabin, contact Kelly Cleman, at We can have up to 6 people sharing these accommodations including kitchen facilities. Preference will be given for couples or singles who are willing to share a bed.
Also, half-price rooms are offered to Mountaineer members in the main lodge for June 1 and 2. It is your responsibility to reserve your own lodging. The reduce price rooms are $105.00 per night plus taxes. Each room has either one queen and two single beds or two queen beds. No extra charge will be made for third and forth guests sharing the same room. Participants can share a room with other Mountaineers, family members and friends who wish to take part in this exciting National Trails Day event. Please make room bookings through Sun Mountain Lodge: 800-572-0493.  Ask for Mountaineers rate.
For more details on Sun Mountain Lodge visit: Other lodging in the Methow Valley including inns, bed and breakfast and camping can be seen by visiting
Saturday Night Entertainment:
Cowboy Dinner:  Sun Mountain Lodge will provide a Cowboy Dinner. This consists of a scenic horseback/wagon ride to the  Homestead for a Western BBQ dinner and entertainment. 2011 prices were $47 for adults and $37 for children (12 and under).  Please make reservations in advance through Sun Mountain Lodge: 800-572-0493.  Transportation leaves Sun Mountain Lodge at approximately 5:15 pm. 
Presentation: Back at Sun Mountain Lodge in the Wolf Creek Bar and Grill there will be a presentation on “Great Day Hikes in the North Cascades” by Don Portman, Owner and operator of Methow Valley Ski School, Winthrop, Ski Program Director and Trails Manager for Sun Mountain Lodge and Past President of the Methow Valley Sports Trails Association (MVSTA). Exact times to be determined.
Traveling to and from the event:
Car pooling will be offered leaving at a time and location to be agreed on June 1, returning approximately by 4 pm on June 3. Carpooling reimbursement rates will be communicated as we get closer to the date and have an idea of how many riders/drivers we will have. 
The recommended route follows the Cascade Loop Journey to Winthrop via Stevens Pass, Leavenworth, Wenatchee and Chelan, return from Winthrop over.  Highway 20 via Washington and Rainy Passes. The round trip mileage is approximately 400 miles. 
Each of the journeys out and back will involve about 4 hours driving from Puget Sound. Making stops for meals, restrooms and to admire the spectacular views could increase this to about 6 hours out and 6 hours back. 

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