“Great vista views of the Methow Valley, this ridgeline trail loop is a favorite in the Methow Valley”
— Tony Locati
The highlight to this trail is a 9 mile stretch of long, flowy singletrack that takes you along the ridgeline of Buck Mountain. Forest roads on both the South West (Cub Creek Road
) and North East (NF-100) provide access points to the trail. Doing a loop is about 60% singletrack; making it a figure 8 is about 50% singletrack.
A mixture of evergreens and dry brush gives way to spectacular views throughout the trail.
Need to Know
Parking is available at large pullout along Cub Creek road near the trail access. Do not block the private driveway/trail at the south (downhill) end of pullout.
Start up Cub Creek Road
. Keep right to stay on FS 100. Don't get pulled left on FS 52 to either Rendezvous or Mazama. After ~1,100 feet of climbing on road, you'll reach the "Deer Country" sign and the turnoff to the Buck Mountain Trail
The road branches, climb to the right up doubletrack, which is marked with a yellow bike route marker.
Buck Mountain Trail
is around 9 miles of singletrack which eventually intersects with a doubletrack road (NF-025 Forest Road
), which you'll want to turn left (down hill) on. This doubletrack takes you back to Cub Creek Road
. You can add-on to this by taking a left on the Buck Lake Trail
at the junction a few minutes before you intersect with NF-025, which will take you all the way to Buck Lake.
Follow the doubletrack around the north side of the lake, past the campground, and follow the doubletrack (NF-100) around the north side of Buck Mountain and eventually follow it to the left at NF-155. This will eventually reconnect you to the north point of Buck Mountain Trail
. This adds approximately 10 miles to this 13 mile route.