The Methow Valley has endless terrian for snowshoeing. Whether you are trying snowshoeing for the first time, or you are interested in building your skills, MVSTA can provide you with "groomed" snowshoe trails, guided snowshoe outings or recommendations on backcountry excursions. 

The MVSTA signed snowshoe trails have something for all abilities - gentle paths that meander through cedar forests (Basecamp Loop) or higher-elevation, scenic outings at Sun Mountain (Rader Creek).

MVSTA signed Snowshoe Trails:  These trails require a $5/day snowshoe trail pass.  

North Cascades Basecamp
Creek Overlook Loop (.9K)
Aspen Loop (2.5K)
Inn View Loop (.8K)
Lunachik (1.6K)

Methow Community Trail
Big Valley Trail (8.3K)

Sun Mountain
Kraule (1.6K)
Horse Trail (.7K)
View Ridge (1.6K)
Moose (.3K)
Black Bear (2.4K)
Lakeview (.8K)
Patterson Lake (3K)
Rader Creek (2.5K)
Magpie (1.5K)
Magpie Loop (0.8K)
Ponderosa (2.2K)
Redtail (2.2K)
Click-A-Pic (0.8K)

Nature of Winter Tours

MVSTA hosts family-friendly snowshoe tours every Saturday throughout the winter. Local volunteers lead tours that focus on winter ecology, wildlife and tracks, snow science and more. MVSTA ski trail passes or a MVSTA snowshoe trail pass ($5) are required for each person. Passes and snowshoe rentals are available at Sun Mountain Ski Shop, North Cascades Basecamp, Mazama Ski Shop, Methow Cycle and Sport and Winthrop Mountain Sports. Tour size is limited to 10 people. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis, no reservations. Call MVSTA at 509-996-3287 or email for more information. Sponsored by MVSTA, the US Forest Service, and Atlas Snowshoes

Tours begin at 11:00 am and last 90-120 minutes, depending on conditions.

2013- 2014 Tour Dates: Every Saturday from December 21 - March 8 

Tour Meeting Locations:

Sun Mountain Tours: meet at the Sun Mountain Lodge Ski Shop

Mazama Tours: meet at the North Cascades Basecamp

Snowshoe Rentals are available at:

Methow Valley Ski School & Rentals
Methow Cycle and Sport
Winthrop Mountain Sports
Goat's Beard Mountain Supplies
North Cascades Basecamp