During the winter months in north-central Washington’s Methow Valley, pedal power is where it’s at. Sure, some folks still cross-country ski, but cruising the trails on two wheels is quickly growing in popularity. The spectacle of the peaks of North Cascades, with the gentle terrain of the valley and dedicated groomed fat-bike trails puts Methow Valley above any other destination in the country for fat biking.
For the uninitiated, what makes a bike fat are tires at least 3.6 inches wide with pressure less than 10 psi. This makes the equipment perfect for navigating difficult surfaces like snow.
If you’ve never gone fat biking, talk to the folks at Methow Cycle and Sport (methowcyclesport.com) in Winthrop. They can provide all the gear you need, the lowdown on the best local trail for you and tips for an enjoyable experience.
To find out more about fat bike etiquette, permit requirements and trails in the Methow Valley, consult methowtrails.org. Trail conditions can change daily, so check the website for the most up-to-date information.
The Methow Valley has several lodging options. To find one that’s right for you, go to winthropwashington.com.