Since its beginnings in summer of 2012, the Methow Chapter of the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance has been working to protect, enhance, and create high-quality, sustainable mountain biking opportunities in the Methow Valley. It does this in the field through regular trail maintenance work parties and events and behind the scenes work and meetings with land managers and other organizations.
Now in its fifth year, the Methow Chapter is excited to announce that through the close working relationship it has developed with the Methow Ranger District of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, funding in the form of two Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) grants has been secured. These funds are for the planning and permitting of an expanded summer nonmotorized multi-use trail system at Sun Mountain and a new summer non-motorized multi-use trail system in and adjacent to the Loup Loup Ski Bowl.
Permitting work by the Forest Service for the Sun Mountain trail system expansion will begin in October 2016 and is expected to be complete by spring of 2017. Construction on approximately 15 miles of new singletrack trails and other trail system enhancements at Sun Mountain could begin as early as summer of 2017. Forest Service permitting work on the Loup Loup trail system is expected to start in summer of 2017.
The Methow Chapter of Evergreen will be meeting with stakeholder groups throughout late summer 2016 to better define and shape the trail system improvements to ensure that the systems serve a wide variety of trail users well. A public open house on the proposals will be held by the Methow Chapter in mid-September 2016.
The Chapter will begin pursuing construction funds for both systems through grant opportunities and private donations beginning in fall 2016.
For more information on these trail system projects, click on the Trail Project Information tab at the top of the page.
Methow Chapter Successfully Partners with Methow Ranger District to Secure Grant Funds for New Trails
The 2016 Methow Singletrack Solstice took place over the weekend of June 24-26 and featured a whole bunch of mountain biking fun while raising funds for the Methow Chapter and its efforts to improve mountain biking in the Methow Valley
Riders on the 30 mile long point-to-point ride had a great day on a variety of trails with great scenery and perfect weather.
Be sure to mark June 23-25, 2017 on your calendar for next year's Methow Singletrack Solstice
The 2016 Methow Singletrack Solstice is next weekend June 24-26! The event features some awesome mountain bike fun. For those who like big rides, there's the 30 mile long point-to-point ride from the Loup Loup area back to Winthrop. The route includes the Bear Mountain trail, Middle Fork Beaver Creek trail, trails crossing the Methow Wildlife Area, and a lunch stop at Pearrygin Lake State Park. For women looking to improve their mountain biking skills, there is a weekend long skills camp taught by professional certified mountain bike coaches Angi Weston and Lindsey Voreis.
All participants are entered into a drawing for some great schwag and can submit their favorite photos of the weekend into the Singletrack Solstice Snapshot contest for a chance to win prizes. Best of all, the proceeds of this event benefit the Methow Chapter of the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and its work improving mountain biking opportunities and trails in the Methow Valley.
We'll see you next weekend in the Methow!
Springtime is here in the Methow and it has been one for the ages. The flowers have been off the charts and the weather for riding has been amazing. Trail work is in full swing (you can find info on upcoming work parties HERE), reconning the winter's damage to trails and planning for its repair is a constant task, and final planning is in full swing for this year's Singletrack Solstice mountain bike weekend. We're also following up on some earlier grant applications that look like they will be funded and will lead to some big projects and new riding opportunities in the coming few years. It's definitely busy for us, but also exciting. Oh and we still get on our bikes occasionally too. We hope you are as well!
Our successful Second Sunday Singletrack Session trail work party series is back for another year and kicks off this weekend on April 10th. We're particularly excited about the location of this work party as it will be the first time that the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has allowed us to hold a trail work party on their land. It marks an imprortant step in our relationship with WDFW and we want to make a strong impression. We'll be working on improving the trail that parallels Lester Road and wraps around the front of Bowen Mountain and continues to the north. We'll meet at the intersection of Lester Road and Bear Creek Road at 8am. You should bring work gloves, water, and a snack. We'll work until about 11am which will leave time to ride afterwards.
Can't make it to this work party? There's one every second Sunday of the month throughout the riding season and other opportunities as well. If everyone did at least one work party per season, the contribution to and improvement of our trails would be amazing. Have you done your one?
Earlier this year, the Methow Chapter received a grant from the Methow Valley Fund of the Community Foundation of North Central Washington for the purpose of improving signage on several Methow Valley trails popular with mountain bikers. We're happy to report that we have received those signs and that we have begun to install them. When the project is complete, likely after the winter snows recede next spring, the Lightning Creek, Blue Buck Creek, Golden Stairway, Middle Fork Beaver Creek, and Bear Mountain trails will have new signage marking them and helping folks find their way to them.
|New road signs will help riders find the trails they are looking for|
|The bottom of the Middle Fork Beaver Creek trail|
The Methow Chapter is holding a work party on Tuesday October 27th at the Sun Mountain Trails to continue work on the Pete's Dragon Trail. Meet at 8:30am at the bottom of the Pete's Dragon trail which is just off of Thompson Ridge Rd. where Inside Passage meets the road. Bring work gloves, water, and a snack. This project has received great reviews from riders so far this season and we want to get as much done this fall as possible before the snow flies. Come on out and lend a hand!