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West Fork Methow Trail is a 14.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Winthrop, Washington that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length14.3 miElevation gain1791 ftRoute typeOut & back
dog friendlyHikingHorseback ridingMountain bikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningRiverViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Getting There

Trail follows the West fork of the Methow river with access to the Pacific Crest trail

Washington State Tourism, P.O. Box 42500 , Olympia, WA, 98504-2500, Phone: 360-586-2088, tobyg@tourism.wa.gov

Directions from Winthrop: Drive Highway 20 west to the Mazama junction. Turn right, then left at Mazama onto the Hart's Pass Road. Drive to River Bend Campground and turn in. Drive the rough road about 0.2 miles past the campground and park.

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Kara Thornton
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BackpackingBlowdownOver grown

Only half this trail is useable. From the Holman trail turn off and on is littered with downed trees (close to 300). My friend and I are experienced hikers and we were averaging 1 mile an hour from the turn off to Holmans pass on. One of the scariest trips I’ve ever done

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Ryan Rickerts
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The valley is beautiful and this would be a nice way to access the PCT (it is 8 miles from the TH), but sadly it is not maintained after the washed out bridge at 2.5 mi. You can follow the trail, but the brush is thick and the number of downed trees approaches 100. I wonder if the Methow Valley community can chip in to restore it? Everyone seems to be going to Harts Pass to access the PCT instead.

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Adam Lund
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First to Review

Beautiful trail along the Methow river with mountain views. River is running heavy right now.

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Nancy Z
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Garima Srivastava
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James VanderMey
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Ryan Rickerts
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