Twisp is the most populated town in the Methow Valley, topping Winthrop and Mazama to earn the title of the “heart” of the Methow. Like its aforementioned brethren, Twisp has access to the impressive, scenic recreation of the surrounding valley: world-renowned nordic skiing and stellar fly fishing, backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, mountaineering, and backcountry skiing. The North Cascades Highway (Hwy 20) closes down in the winter at Washington Pass, but that doesn’t stop skiers from hopping on a snowmobile to access the pristine backcountry of the newly-remote zone. If you are looking for inbounds terrain, the Methow has its own tiny resort – Loup Loup Ski Area – just south of town. During the summer, Hwy 20 is the main thoroughfare into North Cascades National Park and everything the ruggedly beautiful terrain has to offer. The Methow Valley is one of Washington’s destination gems, and Twisp is the perfect base to explore everything it has to offer.
The snow began falling as we hit Pateros and climbed the Methow Valley Highway. The light flurries obfuscated the distance. “Deer!” I swerved across the yellow lines and back, feeling lucky we hadn’t seen any cars heading down the valley yet. I guess most Methow residents settle in before Saturday night winter storms. Right before […]
In the summer of ’96, I ran into a friend that I hadn’t seen in awhile. After catching up and laughing about the crazy times back in college, he mentioned that a few guys were climbing Mount Shuksan in a couple of weeks and asked if I wanted to join them. I immediately said yes, […]
The Washington Backcountry Discovery Route (WABDR) is an overlanding route across Washington State from Oregon to British Columbia that utilizes mostly unpaved public backroads. The route climbs over the vast mountains and ridges of Washington’s Cascade Range. Four-wheel drive vehicles with high clearance or adventure motorcycles are the required vehicles for travel along this route. […]