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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6.8 mi (10.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +276/ -487 ft
Total: 63 riders

Mountain Biking Buck Mountain

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#5 of 1,207 mountain bike trails in Washington
#460 in the world

This is a beautify ride with plenty of challenging single track on a ridge surrounding the Methow Valley. The ride begins with a steep ascent up a forest service road followed by plenty of rolling single track. The single track meanders through sage covered hillsides and piney forest before a hair raising descent back to your vehicle. Outside of Moab, this is one of my favorite all time rides. It is not for beginners unless they are very willing to get off the bike and walk down some of the technical sections.

First added by searsandrewj on Jan 1, 2003. Last updated Jun 16, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From downtown Winthrop, head to the local bike shop to get clear directions.
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  • konakast

    Not sure why everyone likes this trail so much. If I traveled back in time to 1998 I think the trail would be amazing. This trail is the reason dropper posts were invented!

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  • jaderrick

    I'm not really sure what the big deal is about this trail, but it was fun. The ride is about a 4.5 mile hump up a fire road followed by a few miles of up and down singletrack. Once you clear the trees and hit the scrub brush, it gets really fast and fun. Overall my GPS said we did 14.5 miles. Nothing technical about the trail; no jumps or drops, just pure XC. It's a great trail and fun to ride, but there are MANY more trails and networks in Washington that deserve to be higher rated than this one. I would definitely recommend for anyone looking to spend a day on the trail, as the scenery is amazing. I would rate this an overall green. Fun, but it doesn't give you that nervous feeling like so many other trails in the state.

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  • gromdog37

    Beautiful ride with amazing views. The climb in the beginning was a leg burner, but we were rewarded with fun and flows singletrack and beautiful vistas. Bonus points for the cows on the trails, which apparently are let out to pasture there after June 1st. Would have liked a jump here and there or some more technical sections, but this ride is definitely a must do anyways.

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  • Russ C

    All uphill the first 3 miles. Watch for signage, it's easy to get lost. Single track is in great condition and some of the views are amazing. Worth the climb up!

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  • ENDO

    This is an amazing ride, spectacular views and great single track.

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  • Tldow

    GREAT RIDE - don't miss this one if you are in the area!

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  • readyfreddy01

    Wow, such a fun trail. A short (~4 mile) ride up a fire road and then you get on the singletrack for miles of ridgeline, mostly in the sun, with some tree cover in places. Excellent panoramic views along the way. This trail is what I call a Giggler, because the vast majority of the ride I was giggling at how much fun I was having.

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  • roadfox

    Very nice loop. 18 miles, 2000ft elev gain. Forest road clim then lots of nice mostly smooth singletrack. Dont mindthe no parking sign at the trailhead.

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  • tlocati

    Great mountain bike trail for multiple skill levels. Combination tree coverage and open ridge line single track. Close enough to town to bike to (nice climb to trail head) or drive to the lake and ride the loop from there.

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  • *****

    Awesome trail close to town. There is a current logging operation going on that has a portion closed. Check with local shop to find out about alternative route. Or start at Buck Lake side and follow signs. Flowers were out in force this weekend!

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  • berd14

    i read about this trail and decided to hit it up. awesome ride. the ride to get to the trail is grueling. it's a 3 mile gravel road, but it's all up hill. the trail itself is great though. clear, good width, nice drops. once you get to the top, the view is immaculate. and it's all down hill from there. there are some technical areas, but nothing too bad. beware of the roaming cattle! the one time i went, i ran across 4 different herds on the trail! can't imagine running into one of those things. ouch!

    SOME DIRECTIONS: 2 steps. (1) describes how to get to West Chewuch Rd. (2) describes how to get to the trail after the turn.
    From Seattle: just before entering Winthrop on RT 20 EAST, turn left onto West Chewuch Road.
    From Winthrop: Head on RT 20 WEST. After passing Winthrop, turn right onto WEST Chewuch Rd.
    Go north for about 5.5 miles and turn left on Cub Creek Road. Follow for about 2 miles to the roadside pullout parking area on the left. Start riding up the road and at the split, keep right. You'll pass a Cow interpretive sign, keep going. The trail starts about 3.5 miles up the road next to a Deer Country interpretive sign. This will be an upward climb the whole way.* Review edited 9/16/2008* Review edited 9/16/2008

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