Current Trail Closures and notices

Cedar and Cub Fire Trail Closures 10/1/2021 

About 10-15% of our trail system remains closed due to fire damage and assessment. Please respect fire closures so Incident teams can remain focused on suppression and assessment efforts. We will update this website as things change.

Thanks to the incredible efforts by fire personnel, relatively few trails have been damaged by fire. A more detailed assessment of the impacts to our trail network will be shared when we are allowed access to these areas in the weeks and months ahead. We are not aware of any permanent trail infrastructure that has burned. We will share an assessment of the extent of the damage as soon as possible.

Please visit the Forest Service Emergency Closure map for a visual on what is currently closed.

TRAILS OPEN: Many trails at Sun Mountain are now open, including Beaver Pond, Black Bear, Moose, Blue Jay, Upper/Lower Cabin, Chickadee, Lower Climb it Change, Criss-Cross, Homestead, Lower Inside Passage, Kraule, Lakeview, Magpie, Meadowlark, Overland, Owl, Patterson Lake, Radar Creek, Raven, Rodeo, Shortcut, Sunnyside, View Ridge, Yellowjacket. Chickadee trailhead is open for access to those trails. All Mazama trails, Buck Mountain, Cutthroat lake trailhead, Big Valley, Riser Lake, Lewis Butte, and trails and roads south and west of Rendezvous Pass are now open. Pearrygin Lake State Park is open. Patterson Lake boat launch and Patterson Mountain Trail are open. The Winthrop trail up to Patterson Lake Rd. and the Fish Hatchery to Wolf Creek Road crossing is open. 

TRAILS CLOSED:  A handful of trails at Sun Mountain remain closed, including: Aqua Loop, Dave’s Dive, Lower Fox, Pete’s Dragon, Thompson Ridge Trail and Spur, Upper Climb It Change, Upper Fox, Upper Inside Passage, Wild Turkey, Woodpecker from junction with Meadowlark to its junction with Wild Turkey.

 More details will continue to come out from the USFS, DNR, WDFW, Washington State Parks and other partners and we will let you know if more closures are issued and when closures maybe lifted at the appropriate time. Check this website and our social media for updates.

Endless gratitude for the fire and emergency personnel working these fires. Stay safe and vigilant, Methow. 

COVID-19 Guidelines

 Please be sure to check WA state and Okanogan county travel restrictions before planning a visit. 

We ask that all trail users Recreate Responsibly and adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Please wear a mask when near others, such as at trailheads and busy intersections. Wear a mask when in warming huts or bathrooms. Under state and county guidelines, "A face covering is not needed when you are outside walking, exercising, or otherwise outdoors as long as you are able to stay 6 feet away from other people who do not live with you." However, at trailheads, busy trails, and trail intersections please be ready to pull mask over your face to keep our trails open and trail users safe.
  • Be prepared with an alternate trailhead in mind if you arrive and find a trailhead is busy.
  • Avoid congregating in groups