Hovering just above Winthrop is a lovely four mile loop hike along the flanks of Patterson Mountain. Mostly in the open, the hillside overflows with the Methow’s famous Balsamroot flowers in the Spring time.
From the Patterson Lake boat launch, head through the barb wire fence across the street and start climbing on the well worn path. The trail doesn’t have a lot of markings, but it’s pretty obvious. In short order you’ll cross through a fence and you choose to go left or right. Either way is just as nice and the trail makes a loop from this point. When you’re about at the top, there is a marked spur trail that leads you to the summit of the mountain.
Driving Directions: From Cascades Outdoor Store in downtown Winthrop, head East on Highway 20. After crossing the Methow River (.5 miles from the store), bear right onto Twin Lakes Road, heading past Winthrop Physical Therapy and drive 3 miles. Turn Right on Patterson Road and follow it about 4 miles to the Patterson Lake boat launch. Park in the parking lot or in the small pullout off the road.
For trail info, gear, or to pick up a map stop in to Cascades Outdoor Store. We look forward to seeing you before or after hitting the trail!