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Methow Valley Hiking Map

Not much of a walk, let alone a hike, yet the view is definitely worth stopping for, and with the car park within a few minutes' walk, there really is no excuse not to.

This is one of my favorite overlooks. It is stunning and absolutely worth the short, easy walk to get there.

Snow capped mountains and fall colors out in blazing tangerine, red and yellows! The alder trees in their yellow with the mountain contrast. I hike that anyone really can do and enjoy. Cutthroat Lake with neon green grass and the reflection of Falls Majesty! Wow! What a treat. :)

It’s a beautiful stop if you are traveling on highway 20. My wife and I are so glad we stoped to take a look. The views are amazing. Very well maintained walkways to the lookout points so no reason to not go out to them

5 months ago

Hiked this trail yesterday and it was gorgeous! Very easy and the views were beautiful. We ended up hiking basically halfway before we lost the trail and just doubled back...we looked all around but weren’t sure which direction to go since we had no service and couldn’t pull up the pic of the trail from the app...next time we will plan better!

6 months ago

A quick walk. Mostly uphill to the falls. On the return we had some awesome and scary views of the smoke plumes from the nearby Diamond Creek fire.

6 months ago

Nice, shaded trail and surprisingly vacant for a Saturday in August. A few moments of good open views and charming accessible waterfall. Feels like a "real" trail, (not a graded road or boardwalk), but still easily attainable by even this out-of-practice hiker.

nice, short loop. Bring a suit to jump in lake afterwards! hot this time of year but great views from the top of the whole Methow!

Beautiful fairly easy trail with beautiful views. Love the ladder over the fence.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Great views! Went in late August on a weekday and didn't encounter anyone else on the trail.

scenic driving
Sunday, August 21, 2016

I ♡♡♡ this place! Takes my breath away everytime! I wish I lived there! :) PNW makes me proud to be a Washingtionian! Great for all skill levels. Amazing views. Picnic areas, clean bathrooms, pet friendly on leash, big parking lot! You MUST stop here at some point, you will not be disappointed!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Steady & steep, but worth the trip!

trail running
Saturday, August 13, 2016

My dad and I were going for a drive today, we live in Chelan and needed to get away from all the tourists! We ended up here and it was a nice overcast day. We all headed up but do to dad's hips he only made it about a mile, so the dog and I continued up past the falls a bit then turned around. Stopped at the falls, pup went swimming and I took some great pics. Ran pretty much all the way up and down, the trail was easy and a quick lil trip to some BEAUTIFUL falls. Happy Trails.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Beautiful View for little effort, paved paths, more like a walk in the woods, was there early so we were alone, not sure how busy it gets, but not much in North cascades ever seemed too busy, worth the 1/2 hour if you have the time!

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Did a shortened version on 7/5/16. The first mile and a half has dense foliage hanging into the trail that will get your shoes and pants wet after a rain. You can't enjoy the moderate views because you're looking down at the rocky trail. After 2 miles, you'll get to the log bridge over the creek. From there, the climb continues to some decent views. There's a great look down the valley before a sharp turn, but keep going. Another quarter mile and you can jump off the trail to the left onto a large rocky outcrop with amazing views both up and down the valley. It's evident that people camp here too. It was at this point we turned around (it was rainy and we really weren't feeling it) and ended up with a 5 mile trip back at the car.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Short paved fully accessible trail to a stunning view of Liberty Bell Mountain, Early Winters Spires and Kangaroo Ridge. Drive 30 miles west from Winthrop, WA on Highway 20, turn right onto 2 mile paved road to the Washington Pass Overlook parking area. As the highest point on the hwy. at 5477’ elevation, Liberty Bell Mountain is a jagged edged precipice that looms above the Washington Pass Overlook at MP 162.2, with wide-angle views 700 ft. above the highway. While there is “no fee,” a Northwest Forest Pass is required: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r6/passes-permits/recreation. The observation point is fully accessible and features views of the ridge uphill and the hairpin turn on Route 20 far below. A loop trail continues down along the rocky outcrops and back to the parking area. Since we were here, they have improved the safety of the area by adding protective railings. Still, be cautious as the cliffs are straight drop-offs. Definitely worth a stop in the North Cascades.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Loved it!!

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Hiked this trail 8/7/15. Having never been here before I was surprised by how much water was still coming over the falls since it has been so dry. The path is clear, easy to follow but the view of the falls is a bit over grown. I hiked past the falls to get in a little more hiking time.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Great hike

Saturday, July 04, 2015

This hike is pretty straight forward; simply follow the signs. The trailhead begins just across the road from the public fishing parking lot (a Discover Pass is required). I followed the south loop before heading up to the summit based on a recommendation, then follow the north loop back to the trailhead. The trail is almost entirely in the sunshine with little tree cover, so start early if you plan to hike this trail during the summer. (Summer temps on Sun Mountain can easily exceed 95F by noontime.)

The only tricky part of the hike is on the north loop when you have to use the wooden ladder to cross over the barbed wire fence to follow the north loop. Make sure you cross over the ladder and do not walk along the barbed wire fence.

The views of the cascades and Method Valley are wonderful, and you get some good views of Patterson lake along the way. It took me just over 1 hr 30 min to complete the hike with a few water breaks along the way.

Monday, June 01, 2015

Camped the week at Conconully State Park and wanted to try to find this trail one of the days. It is an unmarked trail and is really just some old overgrown forest road. I am glad we did it however. I thought the trail had 2 Trail Heads and when we came to the end of the trail (easy to know, the road just stops and overlooks the valley below) our group keep looking for where it continued. We were using the record feature of the AT app and decided to follow some old cow trails around the other side of the hill back to our car. I was glad we did. From the middle of town (Main/Broadway) it was about 8.1 miles to the trail head, a small area you could park 4-5 cars on the side of the road. If you go past it there is another spot that look like it could be the trail about 1/4 mile up the road, also on the Right but stop at the first one. The road appears as though it ends after a few hundred feet, but just walk around it and the road is still there, it has been dug up to prevent motor traffic. If the weather is clear, I would suggest giving it a hike if you are in or around Conconully. I guess it's a bird watching hot spot according to http://www.mybirdmaps.com/topo-maps/US-birding-locations/Washington/Washington-Trails/Okanogan/Conconully_West/Ray-Trail-historical

Thursday, October 09, 2014

October was the perfect time of year for this hike. Golden larch trees and jagged peaks surrounding a green colored lake. Much of the road to the trail head is paved, and the dirt road section was in excellent condition. I only ran into 6 other people on the trail. Beautiful hike overall.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Incredibly scenic, moderate hike across the road from the Patterson Lake public fishing/swimming parking area. You start up the hillside until you get to a gate where you will see signs for the North loop and South loop. Either way you decide, halfway through the loop is another trailway sign that points the way to the summit. Keep an eye out for deer, mules and horses. There's a ladder to help you over one of the fencelines, otherwise there is just the one gate to contend with. Makes for a gorgeous evening sunset or stunning early morning sunrise hike.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

We were staying in Chelan, so it was a bit of a drive, but we were looking for something with cool falls, and relatively easy grade since our smallest hiker had just turned 4. he made it out and back easily. as someone else noted, this trail is pretty much in the forest the whole way. if you like exploring "the woods" and like pointing out different things under the canopy to your kids this is great. That said - the falls were amazing. 2 large drops of 30' each, and you can walk down to the 100' long shelf between those two for some amazing pictures. take the time to walk up the trail another 100-200yds and there is a post-card picture waiting of a small upper cascade surrounded by trees and foliage.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Another 5 star hike to a pass with endless mountain views in the North Cascades. The first half of the trail was pretty overgrown in places but lots of wildflowers. When you get to the log crossing you are just over half way and shortly after the views start to kick in. The next section of the trail is carved out of the side of a mountain slope and a bit rocky but you will be so busy staring at the gorgeous valley and peaks to the south that you won't even think about the elevation gain. The views west from the pass are just as impressive. There was still snow at the pass in June but that should melt in another week or two. Great hike.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Nice walk, easy climbing, falls are gorgeous. Not a lot of open views, so don't pick this one if that's what you're after. Good for late season, as the bottom of the trail was snow-free and only a bit up by the falls.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

good destination and decent trail condition

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

well maintained and scenic

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The trial is good for early season. The falls are impressive with 3 tiers of falls.

We camped at the foggy dew campgrounds. We hiked pieces of the foggy dew trail. It's an easy 2 1/2 miles up hill to the falls. We drove to a nearby trail to hike to sunrise lake, about 6 miles round trip, more difficult, great views. Photos uploaded.

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