Blue Lake: A moderate hike to a pretty alpine lake behind the spires of the Liberty Bell group. Be sure to walk around the right side of the lake to get a view of Liberty Bell and Early WInters Spires. 4.4 miles round trip and 1,050 feet of elevation gain. www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/blue-lake
Maple Pass: We haven't done this one yet, but it is the #1 recommendation from Mazama locals. We are planning to do this hike on Sunday. Wanna come along? 7.2 miles round trip and 2,000 feet of elevation gain. www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/maple-pass
Lake Ann: An easy hike hike to a beautiful alpine lake. It follows the same trail as the Maple Pass route for the first mile and then splits off over to the lake. 3.4 miles round trip and 700 feet of elevation gain. http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/lake-ann-maple-pass-loop
Rainy Lake: A flat, paved trail leads to a picnic area at Rainy Lake. Fishing for cutthroat trout is allowed (fishing license required). The trail begins at the same parking lot as the Maple Pass and Lake Ann trails. 2 miles round trip and 0 elevation gain. www.nps.gov/noca/planyourvisit/accessibility-at-rainy-lake-trail.htm
Goat Peak: This one gets strenuous for a bit in a steep section, but is worth the effort to see panoramic views of the Cascades from an old fire lookout site. Awesome. 5 miles round trip and 1,500 feet of elevation gain. www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/goat-peak
Prime Rib: Mazama's most popular climb. 11 bolted pitches up to 5.9. A great outing offering good views of the Methow Valley plus Silver Star and North Gardner mountains in the Cascades. See climbing info here and here.
Fun Rock: This area offers a wide variety of sport climbs (plus a few trad) with an easy approach from a parking area on Lost River Road. See climbing guide info here.
Washington Pass: Mazama is 18 miles from Washington Pass, home to several classic alpine climbing routes on South Early Winters Spire and Liberty Bell. See the Mountain Project's Washington Pass page for more info.
Rentals are available from several businesses in and around Mazama:
- The Goat's Beard located behind the Mazama General Store
- The Mazama Country Inn located across the road from the Mazama Ranch House
- Methow Cycle & Sport located in Winthrop, 14 miles east of Mazama
Mountain Biking Routes
- A trail map of the entire Methow Valley area, including Mazama, is available here.
- Rendezvous Loop: Wanna bike to the ceremony? Or just go for a moderate, scenic loop ride on singletrack? Hit the Rendezvous Loop trail in the mountains near Mazama. See info here. (The ceremony is at the Rendezvous Hut, location #8 on the map.)
- Methow Valley Community Trail: A flat trail for beginners following the Methow River through Mazama. The most popular section runs from Browns Farm to Mazama.
- Pipestone Canyon: An intermediate-level ride combining dirt roads and singletrack near Winthrop. See here for information.
- Bear Mountain Figure 8: A moderate ride with a mix of dirt roads and singletrack. Information is available here. The trailhead is about 35 miles from Mazama.
- Starvation Mountain: An advanced ride with 4,000 feet of gain on singletrack. This may still be snow-covered in June. Check on conditions with a local bike shop. The trailhead is about 35 miles from Mazama. See more info here and here.
Road Biking Routes
- Sun Mountain: A moderate ride up to Sun Mountain Lodge. You can start in Winthrop or add extra distance leaving from Mazama. See here for info.
- Chewuch Loop: There are several options on along Chewuch Road. You can start with an easy 14 mile loop described here or extend it to a moderate 25 mile ride as described here. You can also add Falls Creek Road, the local Alp D'Huez, for an 80 mile loop.
- Washington Pass: A strenuous but beautiful climb along Hwy 20 to great views in the Cascades. The route is about 30 miles round-trip from Mazama.
Shopping & Dining
Mazama is tiny. The only real business there is the Mazama Country Sore. But it is much nicer than you'd think. It has great breakfast and lunch food baked on-site.
Winthrop is just 14 miles east of Mazama down Hwy 20. It has an oddball old western theme but includes a handful of nice shops and restaurants. We recommend the Old School House Brewery for a good local beer and decent pub food. And the Rocking Horse Bakery has some tasty baked goods too.
Twisp is 20 miles east of Mazama on Hwy 20. The town bills itself as "the arts and culture center of the Methow Valley." See more info here.
The Bear Creek golf course is 17 miles from Mazama with 18 holes for only $30.