Methow Valley Ranger District


Liberty Bell Mtn and Hwy 20

With its big valleys, open wildspaces, high ridges and beautiful rivers, the Methow Valley Ranger District's 1.3 million acres extends from near the town of Twisp Washington to the crest of the Cascade Mountains in the Pasayten Wilderness.  Alpine lakes are a hideaway for anglers while diverse wilderness awaits explorers of all types.  There are bassalt formations for rock climbers and winter sports opportunities abound. 

The highest peak is Jack Mountain at 9,066 feet, with many other peaks above 7000 feet.  The Methow Ranger District offers hundreds of miles of trails with a hiking season that averages from June through October.  Some trails are open to motorcycles and mountain bikes, however, no mechanized vehicles are permitted within Pasayten or Lake Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness Areas.

During summer months, The North Cascades Scenic Highway 20 provides a direct link to the west side of Washington State, enticing both motorized and non motorized travelers to make the scenic trip.  An Overlook at Washington Pass gives a spectacular view of massive Liberty Bell Mountain (7790 elevation) and Early Winters Spires. The highway is closed during the winter months.

Methow Valley Ranger District Recreation / Roads Report

Prescribed Fires Information

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Current Methow Valley Recreation / Roads Conditions
Operational Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. No permits or passes will be issued after 4:00 p.m.  This includes North Cascades National Park Permits, Firewood Permits and Recreational Pass sales.
Closest Towns: Winthrop, WA
Passes: Some trailheads require a valid recreation pass. Check our Recreation Passes and Permits page for details.

General Information


24 West Chewuch Road
Winthrop, WA 98862

509-996-4000 Voice
509-996-0000 TTY
509-996-2208 Fax

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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