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.