Explore the most popular mountain biking trails near Winthrop with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

great hike, great trail, great views. Lots of hungry bugs.

Overall great hike! Come prepared

Went all the way to Cutthroat Pass today 7/5. The trail is in excellent summer shape. It was mud and snow free until about a 1/3 mile from the pass. At that point there were just a handful of snow patches here and there that were easy to navigate through or around. There is a larger snow field right below the pass that obscured the last little bit of trail but it was easy to navigate. Really beautiful views the whole way but the view from the top is truly incredible-360 degrees of mountains and alpine lakes. A must do in the North Cascades for sure.

Also of note, the total mileage is a little over 11 miles.

Unfortunately getting past the lake up to the pass would be really difficult right now- all mud and snow beyond the lake. However, the 2.5or so miles to the lake are breathtaking. BTW yesterday we lost a brown zippered glasses case holding prescription eyeglasses out of our pack on this trail. Any info? Call 206-419-4105

3 months ago

The balsamroot and lupine are nearing full bloom providing for a colorful short moderate hike. I chose to hike the loop clockwise and flowers were blooming on both sections of the loop. Some nice views of the Methow Valley but the wildflowers were the main attraction on this early May hike.

An awesome trail! The larches are in full swing! There is definitely snow on the last third of the trail, but it's still okay for hiking, even without spikes or poles.

this hike is just a steady uphill climb. it has awesome views you make it will worth it!

my friends and i were aiming to go to the maple loop pass. got to the top of this trail to realize we were on the wrong one! but no regrets because the view is absolutely gorgeous. we were able to go up a steady pace and views while walking plus wildflowers made it a really nice experience.

mountain biking
Thursday, July 13, 2017

This is a good 11.1 mile mountain biking single track loop with just over 1,700 ft elevation spread throughout the trail. It is very well marked and offers some views, but nothing spectacular. Still, good for a 1.5 to 2 hour workout. NOTE, parking is located 1.7 miles up NF 100 (very narrow, steep rocky gravel road), which is a right turn off Goat Creek Road (off 20). This is not what is indicated on Alltrails since it takes you to the cross country start.

cross country skiing
Monday, January 30, 2017

We have enjoyed and not enjoyed our skiing experience at these huts. The launch point is up a long road that has typically been quite icy and slow in winter. If the snow is good, the skiing is wonderful. We had a couple years of very poor conditions in January, such that most of our party had to walk or be snowmobiled out because the ice was so bad on the hills.

The hut we stayed in more recently, Heifer Hut, is small and very rustic without a view besides forest--would have been more comfortable if we had been a smaller group. I would not recommend coming to this hut with the number of people it is said to accommodate.

I have had problems over the years with the customer service at these huts. I have not found it professional or very consistent/organized. This year was the worst when we made a reservation at a nicer hut, got a confirmation, and then a week later received a cancellation notice saying the cabin was double booked. The notice was curt and with minimal apology (almost seemed to verge on blaming us for putting them in the double booking situation--highly unprofessional in my book).

I wrote back asking for more information, and got a reply describing how stressed they are (dealing with rodents and freezing conditions) and letting me know that even though the conflicting booking happened after ours--these were "long timers" (longer than us, I guess) and would be given priority. I will leave it to the reader to make their own judgement about the correctness of this decision on their part.

Great hike, however the milage is closer to 11.2 give or take, not 9.6. Rather gradual trail which would be good for kids.

mountain biking
Monday, June 20, 2016

Great ride. Starts off with around 3-4 miles of uphill forest service road, which is kind of boring but after that it's a great ride. Some great views, nice fast downhill and rolling terrain.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Nice trail, enjoyed the scenery and took some great pics. Not a good fishing lake though.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

For scenery, Cutthroat pass is hard to beat. You can get to the pass via the NB Pacific Crest trail at Rainy pass, or via the Cutthroat lake trailhead further east on Hwy 20. If you're able to, leave a car at Cutthroat pass trailhead, hike in from Rainy pass and out the other side where you left your car. Mountain bikers can ride up the Cutthroat trail, but are not permitted on the PCT.

This 9-mile loop was the Ranger's recommendation. All that needs be said.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Hiked from Freestone Inn to Mazama General Store & back.

Saturday, June 08, 2013

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

mountain biking
Wednesday, November 07, 2012

great mountain biking, both easy and hard trails

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Amazing wildlife, has great mountian biking in the summer with a diversity of trails, both hard and easy.

mountain biking
Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Trail starts in the Klipchuck campground between camp sites 7 & 8 and ends at HWY 20 on the West side of Early Winters Creek Bridge. This trail is used for mountain bikers and hikers.

Trail is fairly level with a few small hills. Within one mile, there is a constant sloughing of the trail almost straight down to Early Winters Creek, making the trail real narrow but passable. Soon after that there are many downed trees to the end of trail. Shortly after the first few downed trees, the bush whacking begins to the end of trail. Roughly 2.5 miles of overgrown trail which my brother and I bush whacked and pushed our bikes to the end. This trail needs some serious work.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The first time I did this hike I accessed Cutthroat Pass starting from Rainy Pass. One log bridge was down but nothing you cant maneuver around. Amazing views of jagged peaks from the top. From the Pass if you scramble up the ridge to the north you get clear views of Golden Horn and Tower Mountain. I have also hiked just the Cutthroat Lake stretch in October. It's only about 2 miles to the lake from the trail-head and very gradual in elevation gain. It was snow free while many of the other nearby trails had about 2 feet of snow. It was a nice trail for viewing larch trees in the Fall and I also liked the fact that views of the lake were not blocked by trees along the bank.

3 months ago

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