Winter in the Methow Valley

I’ve been visiting the Methow Valley for a few years now, but this was my first winter trip. When planning the trip a year ago, we decided that this would be our time to try Nordic or skate skiing.  After all, the Methow Valley has over 120 miles of trails. Maybe it was the fact that we were so excited about our new snowshoes, but we decided not to try it this year. The Methow Valley had about 80% of the normal snow pack but there was not any fresh snow. Regardless if you ski or not, the Methow Valley is awesome in the winter.

We stayed at the Sun Mountain Lodge, and the views from the lodge are awesome. You can see mountains every time you turn around. By day we snowshoed on the trails and by night we were sipping beer at the Old Schoolhouse Brewery.

The Sun Mountain Lodge doesn’t have TV, and the internet was terrible. I did not have cell coverage the whole weekend, so it was a pretty great escape from life.

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We always spend the trip home dreaming about our own Methow Valley homestead. I even looked up the school district to see if I could possibly work there. With only 600 students, they probably don’t need a full time psychologist. Oh well, a girl can dream. See you again soon Methow Valley!

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Methow Winter Trails

Mountain Biking Sun Mountain

Last May we drove the Cascade Loop for the first time. I fell in love with the beauty of the Methow River Valley area, and couldn’t wait to return. In June, we reserved a campsite at the Winthrop KOA. Like other areas of Cascadia, there are a ton of outdoor activities in the area. The area has a ton of cross country skiing in the winter. For the weekend, our main activity was mountain biking.

The first stop was Sun Mountain. We parked at the Sun Mountain Lodge, and rode the Sunnyside trail to the Beaver Pond. We then made the trek up Thompson Ridge Road to We road down Meadowlark to Blue Jay, and then back to Meadowlark. We connected with Lower Inside Passage, and crossed Thompson Ridge Road to Criss-Cross to Yellow Jacket and back to Sunnyside. With breaks, the whole excursion took 2-3 hours.

I really enjoyed biking in the area, but I was exhausted by the end of it all. All along the mountain we were climbing, and descending so it was great workout.

Upper left –  view from Thompson Ridge Road; Upper right – Thompson Ridge Road; Lower left – Meadowlark trail; Lower Right – view on Blue Jay trai

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