Pipestone Hard Loop

Twisp, Washington

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The scenic edge of Pipestone Canyon demands gawking. Great views of the North Cascades, as well. The snow disappears earlier than on any other technical route in the area, and the riding often remains good late into the fall. Not least, the riding is excellent—technically challenging and exhilarating. To be able to bike to the ride from Winthrop or to get a longer ride, with about 500 feet more vertical, start riding from the junction of Bear Creek Road and Campbell Lake Road as in Ride 21. Tread: 5.4 miles on singletrack; 4.0 miles on doubletrack; 1.4 miles on gravel.
Mountain Biking the Methow Valley

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Mountain Biking the Methow Valley

by Steve Barnett (Falcon Guides)

The scenic edge of Pipestone Canyon demands gawking. Great views of the North Cascades, as well. The snow disappears earlier than on any other technical route in the area, and the riding often remains good late into the fall. Not least, the riding is excellent—technically challenging and exhilarating.

To be able to bike to the ride from Winthrop or to get a longer ride, with about 500 feet more vertical, start riding from the junction of Bear Creek Road and Campbell Lake Road as in Ride 21.

Tread: 5.4 miles on singletrack; 4.0 miles on doubletrack; 1.4 miles on gravel.

©  Steve Barnett/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Twisp
Distance: 10.8
Elevation Gain: 1,770 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Spring through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 2,100 feet
Top Elevation: 3,450 feet
Local Contacts: Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife
Local Maps: Green Trails, Twisp, WA-No. 84
Driving Directions: Directions to Pipestone Hard Loop

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