Hiking & Backpacking
We have easy paved trails that wind through quiet forests leading to gorgeous cascading waterfalls and for the more experienced hikers the opportunities are endless for longer day hikes and backpacking trails. North Central Washington is the hiking paradise with wilderness paths that lead to soaring summits and wide vistas.
In the Methow Valley, the Methow Valley Sports Trail Association, or MVSTA, maintains a vast array of hiking trails through high mountain meadows awash in color, quiet forest paths with cooling shade, and steep summits with soaring views. For the outdoor enthusiast, the Methow Valley is a fantastic base for exploring the North Cascades National Park or the half million acre Pasayten Wilderness. Check out Winthrop Mountain Sports for maps, guides, information, transportation, food, equipment, and anything else you might need.
Conconully has numerous trailheads in the Okanogan National Forest, the Loomis State Forest, and also has access to the Pasayten Wilderness. The Toats Coulee area also provides trails for hiking. Try a late summer trip to Salmon Meadows to watch the August meteor showers, brilliant against dark skies with no light pollution!
Whether it’s day hike or a multi-day backpacking venture, many people wonder what to pack for any length of hike. Pack the essentials like appropriate clothing and footwear, first aid kit, snacks, sunscreen, and water. Mountain weather can change quickly, so dress in layers and always take along a light jacket, hat, and gloves. Many local fruit stands and shops carry healthy snacks like fresh fruit, homemade granola, and scrumptious food for lunch on the trail. Wear sunscreen, drink plenty of water, and always pack a first aid kit to treat minor scrapes and twisted ankles. For the most part, Okanogan Country is bug free, but in the spring the mosquitoes can get pesky around moist areas like waterfalls and lakes – bug spray, hats, and lightweight long sleeved shirts will make the hike more enjoyable.
Please stay safe on the trails and remember that wild animals are dangerous and should be enjoyed only from a safe distance. Some of the more remote hikes lead into wilderness areas where wildlife such as black bear, cougar, and the occasional grizzly make their homes.