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Starvation Mountain Loop

 4 votes

28.9 Miles 46.5 Kilometers



4,857' 1,481 m


-4,857' -1,480 m


6,868' 2,093 m


2,785' 849 m



Avg Grade (4°)


Max Grade (16°)

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A classic Methow Valley ride; remote singletrack that reaches alpine elevations with stunning views.

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Usually open mid-July due to snow in higher elevations.
An excellent full-day ride in the Methow Valley. Because of the high elevations, the cooler temperatures make for a nice retreat from the valley floor. The roads take you up to the top of the first peak, after that the trail is singletrack. The majority of singletrack is downhill, making for an incredible 3.5 hour descent.

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Couple of creek crossings, but shallow enough to wade through. Early in the season there may be some downed trees on the trail.

Check with the local bike shop for conditions.

Ride season is generally late May to mid-November due to snow. Blowdown may be present in early season and following large windstorms.


To the Trailhead:
From Winthrop, head east on Highway 20 through Twisp. At the junction with State Route 153, turn left to follow Highway 20 towards Okanogan. After about 3 miles, turn left on Beaver Creek Road. Continue following this road past the Beaver Creek Campground and the intersection with Forest Service Road #4225. After passing road #4225, turn right into the informal camping area just before the cattle guard. The trailhead is at the back of this camping area.


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Bad / Closed 91 days ago
Fallen Trees - I think I was going down this right behind the last posted update better off riding up to starvation Mt and going back down lightning creek
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blue buck creek section absolutely impassable at the moment. Significant blowdown and erosion from recent fires. The rest of the loop is amazing. recommend out and back on lighting creek or fire road 200 combination. Jul 23, 2016

Thanks. Jul 26, 2016
Went to try this loop out but missed the connector trail and lost time coming back to it, then climbing up 15 blowdowns in the .3 mile section made it worse. Took Lightning Creek down instead, a little overgrown at top but otherwise completely clear, not sure about Blue Buck Trail at this point but I was running out of time and didn't want to spend 4 hrs climbing over more trees. Jun 21, 2017

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