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13.0 mile 21.0 kilometer loop


Ascent: 2,066' 630 m
Descent: -2,059' -628 m
High: 4,235' 1,291 m
Low: 2,575' 785 m


Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)


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Trail shared by Tony Locati

Great vista views of the Methow Valley, this ridgeline trail loop is a favorite in the Methow Valley

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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.


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Nov 4, 2018
Mike Francisco
13mi — 1h 55m
May 27, 2018
Chris R Davis
Car shuttle to Bear Country sign 9mi
May 27, 2018
Tim Barber
with Julie 13mi
Apr 28, 2018
EA Weymuller
Walked the new up track 7mi
Sep 2, 2017
Bill Cessnun
dry, well marked...not technical 15mi
Aug 13, 2017
Chris DAmore
3h 00m
Jul 31, 2017
Kevin V
Nice ride. Trail is pretty loose in the areas where it's been logged but otherwise very nice. 16.4mi
May 26, 2017
Nate Burgher

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Anonymous User
Anonymous User  
Last summer logging was happening in the upper North West corner from Cub Creek for the first part of the trail. The alternate route uses the Buck Lake parking lot and trail head. We are waiting to hear if this will continue into 2014 and will update the page with the alternate route description when we hear. Apr 20, 2014
Anonymous User
Anonymous User  
This info is not clear. Apr 29, 2016
Anonymous User
Anonymous User  
There is very little confusion now as you ride the trail. There is some logging about halfway through the loop, but signs and arrows point the way. Jul 26, 2016

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