Mountain Biking the Methow Valley
by Steve Barnett (Falcon Guides)
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As Doug mentions below, the route finding can be difficult for this ride. Be patient and just look for old narrow trails west of the junction. Following the one-mile bushwack we hit the ridgeline....great views of the valley below and distant peaks. Great hang out spot. Great ride down on clearly marked trail. Rubber side down!
Really fun ride, up and down, except we had to do some route finding to complete the loop. The trail because to disappear as you get closer to the junction. We never actually found the junction, but instead ran into a meadow. Based on the trail description, we knew that it must have been on the other side of the meadow, but never picked it up. So we headed west towards the ridge. After about 1 mile of bush whacking, we made the ridge and saw a rough trail. However, we decended back down the ridge about 100 yards and picked up a more obvious trail below, which did eventually ride the ridge line most of the way down. It's a great downhill, and there's a hand made sign that points you back to the original trail to complete the loop. All in all, it was a good ride, with incredible views. Just be prepared for some route finding, and if you aren't able to pick up the other trail, be prepared to head back down the same trail you came up.
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