For two years, Methow Valley winter biking enthusiasts have been grooming single-track trails in and near the park that are ideal for snowshoeing or riding the balloon-tired bikes that are gaining popularity.
On Wednesday, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announced Sno-Park designation to boost Pearrygin's winter activities. A $3,500 grant from the Winter Recreation Advisory Committee will to help pay for trail grooming, facilities maintenance and snow removal for the 2015-16 winter season.
“The Methow Valley has become a focal point of the fat-tire bicycle phenomenon in the Northwest, and Pearrygin Lake is a great venue,” said Rick Lewis, State Parks’ Okanogan Highlands Area manager. Lewis, by the way, is a Spokane native.
Pearrygin Park is 188 miles from downtown Spokane and 4 miles from Winthrop.
"Volunteers have been grooming a total of about 20 kilometers of trails in the park and a portion of the adjacent Methow Wildlife Area," Lewis said. "They're pretty well suited for fat bikes snowshoeing and winter hiking, but not so great for cross-country skiers because the routes are twisty single track with some tight turns."
- See a story about the evolving Methow Trails association.
Three bike shops in the Methow Valley are renting fat bikes for use on certain designated groomed nordic Trails as well as at Pearrygin. The shops are Methow Cycle and Sport in Winthrop and Goat's Beard Mountain Supplies and North Cascades Cycle Werks in Mazama.
Starting Dec. 15 each season through March, or as long as the snow lasts, visitors to Pearrygin Lake State Park will need a non-motorized Sno-Park permit for vehicle access to the park and to use the trails. During the winter season, visitors will need only an annual $40 Sno-Park permit. No Discover Pass will be required.
Because of a quirk in in the state law, if people choose to use a daily $20 Sno-Park permit, vehicles must also display an annual or daily Discover Pass.
For more information:
- Pearrygin Lake State Park at (509) 996-2370.
- Washington has about 40 Sno-Parks designated for non-motorized use and about 80 Sno-Parks designated primarily for snowmobiling. See details about these Sno-Park areas plus five Sno-Parks with snow-play areas on the State Parks Winter Recreation web page.