Lightning Creek Trail

Winthrop, Washington 98862

Lightning Creek Trail

Lightning Creek Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,700 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty
Mid-June through October.
2,800 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,200 feet
Top Elevation
Methow Valley Ranger District, 509-997-2131
Local Contacts
Twisp Ranger District map. USGS 7.5: Blue Buck Mountain and Loup Loup Summit.
Local Maps

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Jul 2018