Omak Mountain Hikes

Attractions: Topping out at 5,748 feet Omak Mountain is a giant hill that rises nearly 5,000 vertical feet above the town of Omak (840 feet). It's also a hill whose sprawling slopes constitute nearly 100 ... Read More...

Methow Valley Birding

Methow Valley Birding The Methow watershed with its rivers and mountains, shrub-steppe and forests, low-lands and alpine zones has some of the most diverse bird habitat of anywhere in Washington State.... Read More...

Armstrong & Arnold Peaks

by Andy Dappen The German was headed into the Pasayten Wilderness for several days of hiking; I was coming out after a blitzkrieg weekend of peak bagging. We stood alongside the trail comparing notes... Read More...

Horseshoe Basin

Perfect Day in the Pasayten by Andy Dappen The thinnest of frost coats the yellow September grass at the trailhead. The morning sun is spotlighting the highest summits but it will be hours before its wa... Read More...

Scatter Lake-Abernathy Peak

  Scatter Lake and Abernathy Peak rising above it. If you’re the kind of hiker who thrives on pain and suffering, then the walk into Scatter Lake is your kind of misery. Most trails rising out of th... Read More...

Whistler Canyon

Attractions. This trail leaves right from the outskirts of Oroville and gains elevation fast, giving walkers, mountain bikers, and trail runners good views out over the Okanogan Valley. After a few miles, the... Read More...

Washington Pass Climbing

Washington Pass Climbing by Andy Dappen From left to right the picture shows South Early Winter Spire, North Early Winter Spire, Lexington Tower, Concord Tower, and Liberty Bell Mountain. The Minutem... Read More...

Mazama: Fun Rock

Attractions: Fun Rock and the other crags accessed from the same parking area (Rhinozone, Canine Crag, Squirrelhouse Rock, Sun Rock and Unibolter) are super convenient, super varied, solidly bolted, and, well... Read More...

Loomis State Forest-All Trails

Loomis NRCA – All Trails by Andy Dappen The Loomis Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) is a chunk of state forest managed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that sits just east of th... Read More...

Methow Valley Road Rides

Methow Valley Road Rides In summer the Methow Valley, with its diversity of dirt roads, single-track trails, low- and high-elevation routes, has become famous for its mountain biking. This tends to e... Read More...