Lightning Creek Trail

Winthrop, Washington

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Half of this 16-mile loop is a climb on gravel roads. The other half is a fun, fairly technical descent on singletrack lightning Creek Trail #425. The trip is short on views, but the cycling is pleasant as you pass through an open, sunny forest. Overall, the climb on the forest roads is long and demanding. The ascent includes 4.5 miles of easy pedaling, 2.4 miles that are moderately difficult, and 1.3 miles that can be described as strenuous. There are also some short stretches of downhill and level riding. The road and trail surfaces are in good condition. Lightning creek Trail passes through some rocky sections and some sandy areas. There are a couple of creek crossings where you are likely to get your feet wet. The ride starts at 2,800' and reaches a high point of 5,200' near the Lightning Creek Trailhead. Undulations add about 300' of climbing to the loop. Total elevation gain: 2,700'. The trail is usually free of snow from mid-June through October. Avoid cycling here during hunting season.Watch for logging trucks on the roads. Primary trail obstacles are rocks and sand. Watch for the small diversion ditches that have been carved across the trail in an effort to control erosion.
Mountain Bike! Washington

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Mountain Bike! Washington

by Bennett & Leman (Menasha Ridge Press)

Half of this 16-mile loop is a climb on gravel roads. The other half is a fun, fairly technical descent on singletrack lightning Creek Trail #425. The trip is short on views, but the cycling is pleasant as you pass through an open, sunny forest. Overall, the climb on the forest roads is long and demanding. The ascent includes 4.5 miles of easy pedaling, 2.4 miles that are moderately difficult, and 1.3 miles that can be described as strenuous. There are also some short stretches of downhill and level riding. The road and trail surfaces are in good condition. Lightning creek Trail passes through some rocky sections and some sandy areas. There are a couple of creek crossings where you are likely to get your feet wet.

The ride starts at 2,800' and reaches a high point of 5,200' near the Lightning Creek Trailhead. Undulations add about 300' of climbing to the loop. Total elevation gain: 2,700'. The trail is usually free of snow from mid-June through October. Avoid cycling here during hunting season.Watch for logging trucks on the roads. Primary trail obstacles are rocks and sand. Watch for the small diversion ditches that have been carved across the trail in an effort to control erosion.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Winthrop
Distance: 16
Elevation Gain: 2,700 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Mid-June through October.
Trailhead Elevation: 2,800 feet
Top Elevation: 5,200 feet
Local Contacts: Methow Valley Ranger District, 509-997-2131
Local Maps: Twisp Ranger District map. USGS 7.5: Blue Buck Mountain and Loup Loup Summit.
Driving Directions: Directions to Lightning Creek Trail

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