Goat Wall Loop

Winthrop, Washington

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Goat Wall is a huge granite outcropping that looms high above the western end of the Methow Valley. The views from the top of his escarpment are outstanding. Below you are pasturelands and residences bordering the Methow River; above are the jagged peaks that surround Washington Pass. Fit cyclists with a taste for vistas will appreciate this demanding 28-mile road ride. The first seven miles switchback up 2,560 feet. The ascent is evenly divided between easy and moderately difficult climbing, with about one-half mile of steep hills This climb is followed by a 1.5-mile descent into Black Pine Basin. Then the road rolls up and down through the basin for close to three miles and climbs again for two miles. You descend from this point to meet Lost River Road. The last eight miles are an easy paved road ride back to you vehicle. Most of the roads are gravel and in good condition. The four miles that descend from the mountain are on a weathered dirt road that drops off like a high dive.
Mountain Bike! Washington

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Mountain Bike! Washington

by Bennett & Leman (Menasha Ridge Press)

Goat Wall is a huge granite outcropping that looms high above the western end of the Methow Valley. The views from the top of his escarpment are outstanding. Below you are pasturelands and residences bordering the Methow River; above are the jagged peaks that surround Washington Pass. Fit cyclists with a taste for vistas will appreciate this demanding 28-mile road ride.

The first seven miles switchback up 2,560 feet. The ascent is evenly divided between easy and moderately difficult climbing, with about one-half mile of steep hills This climb is followed by a 1.5-mile descent into Black Pine Basin. Then the road rolls up and down through the basin for close to three miles and climbs again for two miles. You descend from this point to meet Lost River Road. The last eight miles are an easy paved road ride back to you vehicle. Most of the roads are gravel and in good condition. The four miles that descend from the mountain are on a weathered dirt road that drops off like a high dive.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Winthrop
Distance: 28
Elevation Gain: 3,260 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Late spring through fall.
Trailhead Elevation: 2,240 feet
Top Elevation: 5,000 feet
Local Contacts: Methow Valley Ranger District, 509-997-2131
Local Maps: Winthrop Ranger District map. USGS 7.5: Rendezvous Mountain, Mazama, and McLeod Mountain.
Driving Directions: Directions to Goat Wall Loop

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