Distance: 1.2 miles Great for: Hike, Run, Horse, Bike
Elevation Gain: 7 Feet High Point: 2,077 feet
Parking Pass Needed: None
Trail Overview: This trail in Mazama is a great place to take kids or anyone else looking for a short, flat jaunt in the woods. The destination, a suspension bridge over the Methow River is quite impressive, and the resident gazebo encourages picnics. As part of the Methow Trails ski trail system, it is available for non-ski travel usually by early April.
Getting There: From the 4-way stop in Winthrop, drive west on Highway 20 for 12.9 miles. Turn Right towards Mazama and take your first right on Goat Creek Road. Drive 1.5 miles to your parking lot on the right.
Route Description: Follow the perfectly flat trail out of the parking lot, quickly reaching a four way intersection. Heading left or right will put you on the Goat Creek Loop back to Mazama. Continue on your flat trail which will soon parallel the Methow River.
At .6 miles reach the Suspension Bridge and Picnic Gazebo.
Retrace your footsteps to return to your car at mile 1.2
Going Further: This flat trail continues another 3 miles, eventually reaching a Highway 20 crossing at Browns Farm. In the winter this trail, groomed for cross country skiers, continues all the way to Winthrop. In the summer, however, the “trail” to Winthrop follows the dirt Wolf Creek Road from Browns Farm to Winthrop. A pleasant enough experience for bikers, but there are better spots for foot travel.
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!