Lewis Butte

A short drive from the town of Winthrop, this scenic hiking & snowshoeing destination is 5 miles round trip with about 980' of elevation gain. Traverse shrub-steppe landscape with great views of the Methow Valley, and keep an eye out for signs of wildlife, especially tracks and scat.

Getting there 

From Winthrop, follow the West Chewuch Road for 1.5 miles. Turn left on Rendezvous Road. Turn Left on Gunn Ranch Road and continue for 1 mile to the DNR parking lot on the left (south) side of the road. A Washington State Discover Pass is required. 

on the trail

Find the trailhead on the uphill side of Gunn Ranch Rd from the parking area. Follow the trail to a junction in ~1 mile; from here, stay left to do a loop, or turn right to head up to the top of the butte for an out-and-back route (or if you just prefer to do the loop counterclockwise).

The trail is gently-graded and south-facing trail, ascending to a broad summit with big views of the Methow Valley. There's almost no shade, so in warm months it's best done early in the day. In winter, a direct route from the trailhead to the top of the butte and back is possible. Make your own track or follow one established by others; this is easy, open terrain.

  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking, Snowshoeing
  • Snowshoeing Category: Basic
  • Seasons: Year-round
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Avalanche Terrain Rating Simple
  • Difficulty: moderate, Easy/Moderate
  • Length: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 980 ft
  • 3,336 ft
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