Nature of Winter Tours

Methow Trails hosts family-friendly snowshoe tours on selected Saturdays throughout the winter. Local volunteers lead tours that focus on winter ecology, wildlife and tracks, snow science and more. Methow Trails ski trail passes or a Methow Trails snowshoe trail pass ($5) are required for each person.  

Tour size is limited to 10 people. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis, no reservations. Email Methow Trails at for more information. Sponsored by Methow Trails, the US Forest Service, and Atlas Snowshoes.

Tours begin at 11:00 am and last 90-120 minutes, depending on conditions.

2015 -2016 Tour Dates: Saturdays, January 2 - February 20 tours meet at the Sun Mountain Lodge Ski Shop and North Cascades Basecamp.

The Methow Valley has endless terrian for snowshoeing. Whether you are trying snowshoeing for the first time, or you are interested in building your skills, Methow Trails can provide you with "groomed" snowshoe trails, guided snowshoe outings or recommendations on backcountry excursions. 

The Methow Trails signed snowshoe trails have something for all abilities - gentle paths that meander through cedar forests (Basecamp Loop) or higher-elevation, scenic outings at Sun Mountain (Rader Creek).

Methow Trails signed Snowshoe Trails (These trails require a $5/day snowshoe trail pass.)  

North Cascades Basecamp
Creek Overlook Loop (.9K)
Aspen Loop (2.5K)
Inn View Loop (.8K)
Lunachik (1.6K)

Methow Community Trail
Big Valley Trail (8.3K)

Sun Mountain
Kraule (1.6K)
Horse Trail (.7K)
View Ridge (1.6K)
Moose (.3K)
Black Bear (2.4K)
Lakeview (.8K)
Patterson Lake (3K)
Rader Creek (2.5K)
Magpie (1.5K)
Magpie Loop (0.8K)
Ponderosa (2.2K)
Redtail (2.2K)
Click-A-Pic (0.8K)

Snowshoe Rentals and passes are available at:

Methow Valley Ski School & Rentals
Methow Cycle and Sport
Winthrop Mountain Sports
Goat's Beard Mountain Supplies