Recreation

The opportunities for outdoor recreation in the Methow Valley are endless.Here’s just a taste of what is available, both on Hungry Mountain Ranch’s property and beyond:

Horseback Riding: Ride on ranch trails or take advantage of multiple riding opportunities on the Okanogan National Forest Horse trails and camps. There is also a chapter of Back Country Horsemen in the area, and several local rodeos.

Hunting and Fishing: Mule deer and white tail deer hunting are fantastic in the area. Grouse and quail live all around the ranch. Bear is also available. The Methow River — just 2.4 miles down the road — has a large amount of trout, chinook salmon and steelhead for the avid fisherman. Major habitat restoration has taken place and continues. The fisheries seasonally plant fish in many local lakes that are accessible via a hike or a drive.

River Rafting: Several professional rafting companies serve the area, or, after high water season, just float down on your own kayak or inner tube. There is an excellent State Game Dept. access point at the foot of McFarland Creek that doubles as a wonderful swimming beach as well.

Hiking: The Ranch is close to exceptional hiking in the Okanogan Forest and Pasayten Wilderness. Visit old mining sites along the Pacific Crest trail, or take a hike along any of the many trails available.

Mountain Biking: The Methow Valley Trails Organization keeps biking and ski trails usable for anyone wishing to exercise within the mountainous beauty of the Methow Valley. The trails extend in and around the valley and at Sun Mountain Lodge. You can also use Forest Service roads all along the Sawtooth ridge. Many support services and rental business are available.

Skiing: The Methow Valley has the longest groomed cross country and skate ski trail system in the United States. Ski from Winthrop to Mazama or up to the world famous Sun Mountain Lodge. The valley enjoys 300 days of sunshine to enjoy during the winter on the trail or at the Loup Loup Ski Bowl, 30 minutes from the Ranch. Loup Loup features a vertical rise of 1220 feet to a top elevation of 5280 feet above sea level and offers 550 acres of alpine ski area. There are 10 major runs, 3 lifts, and tubing runs.

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