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Winthrop, Washington

Winthrop, Washington, a neighbor of Mazama, shares many of the same destination activities – nordic and backcountry skiing in the winter, rafting and kayaking in the spring and fall, and nearly year-round climbing and mountaineering – but, it feels more like a classic western town. You can stroll around downtown on wood boardwalks, while enjoying the historic facades that now house modern shops and restaurants. In the summer, Winthrop is a sojourn for those heading to or from North Cascades National Park, but in the winter, Highway 20 – which travels into NCNP from the east – is closed, so access is slightly more circuitous. But for those looking to explore winter east of the Cascades, Winthrop and the Methow Valley will keep you busy.

Recent Articles

  1. My First Trip to Winthrop and the Methow Valley

    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 […]

  2. These 10 Cozy Cabins & Lodges Are Perfect For Your Winter Getaway

    Cabins provide a cozy escape no matter what time of year it is. In the winter, when the weather turns cold, there’s nothing like curling up inside a log cabin in the middle of nowhere, away from the chaos and worries of everyday life, even if it’s just for a couple of days. Or in […]


  1. The Bulger List – Washington’s Highest 100 Peaks

    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, […]

Featured Mountains in Winthrop

Mountain Approx. Elevation
Patterson Mountain 3,491 ft (1,064 m)
North Twentymile Peak 7,411 ft (2,259 m)
Lewis Butte 3,330 ft (1,015 m)
Grizzly Mountain 4,275 ft (1,303 m)
Gobblers Knob 4,262 ft (1,299 m)
Gardner Mountain 8,898 ft (2,712 m)
First Butte 5,495 ft (1,675 m)
Buck Mountain 4,488 ft (1,368 m)
Bowen Mountain 3,720 ft (1,134 m)