Mountain Biking the Methow Valley
by Steve Barnett (Falcon Guides)
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The only comment to add to Doug''s email below: Great valley views of surrounding peaks once we hit the meadows at 4-5 miles. The meadows were lit up with colorful flowers and tall grass. No far reaching views, but nice nonetheless. The ride down to the trailhead via thunder/lightning was killer...it made the narrow technical ride coming up look easy! Brutal twists and turns in the trail tested me hard. But, I survived and enjoyed. Ride on!
The first 2.5 miles lead up to Cedar falls, and climb fast, but definitely rideable by moderate to advanced mountain bikers. Beyond that, the technical riding increases, as the trail is very tight, steep in places, and there are plenty of rocks and roots to negotiate. Only more advanced mountain bikers will be able to ride these sections. Most will have to dismount frequently until you reach some open meadows at 4 and 5 miles. The riding becomes easier, but is never easy. We got caught in a thunderstorm and driving rain at 5.5 miles, so we didn't make it further. I would only recommend this trail to people that have already riden other worthy trails in the area first, or for people that just want to ride to the falls and back. This is also a good hiking trail for people that want to see the falls, but beyond that, there's not many viewpoints.
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