4 Awesome Methow Valley Spring Hikes

And with great views.

A great way to experience the Methow Valley in Washington State is to head out for a hike. There are lots to choose from but here are a list of my favorite 4. They all have beautiful views and are STUNNING in the Spring when the wildflowers bloom.

Just to note, I don’t really recommend these hikes in the summer as it gets very hot and often the rattlesnakes come out.

#1 – Lewis Butte Trail

This hike is out of a fairytale! It is blessed with incredibly wide open fields for kids to run. And run. And run… In the Spring you can find large patches of wildflowers. There are beautiful mountains in the distance and the sky also seems to go on forever here. If you do go on a clear and sunny day don’t forget sunscreen and water, there isnt much shade. Its a good one though that will have you singing “the hills are alive…..” 

#2 – Patterson Mountain Trail

It seemed we had missed the prime wildflower season this year in the Methow Valley but it didn’t matter on this hike. Flowers were blooming EVERYWHERE.

This trail wanders through fields of horses, groves of cotton woods and in and out of the forest boasting gorgeous views the whole way. It really has it all. We did the hike clockwise but I am not sure it makes a huge difference with this one. My only recommendation is to make it a sunset hike! It’s a treat. 

#3 – Pearrygin Lake Loop

This hike winds around the lake at Pearrygin State Park. It’s relatively flat making it easy for kids. I have even seen kids biking the trail. Like the other hikes on this list it has beautiful views overlooking the hills (and the lake in this case). One thing to note with this one is that it doesn’t connect all the way around with a trail. You need to walk the road part of the way. So if you are looking to do just a section, I recommend starting at the parking lot at the campground. Head north up up the hill to the trail and then cutting back once you reach the East end of the lake which will bring you back. I also recommend a sunset hike for this location. The sunsets over the lake while we camped here were some of the best I have ever seen!

#4 – Lookout Mountain Trail

This hike is probably my favorite on the list. It’s short, sweet and a little steep. (steep in the beginning) It winds through evergreen forest sprinkled with wildflowers offering peek a boo views of the surrounding mountains which are MAJESTIC! It eventually levels out offering full views of the mountains. From there it is a short distance to the lookout tower. My kids ran towards the tower with excitement and in anticipation of climbing the tower. My only regret with this hike was that the sun wasn’t out and it was quite overcast and cold. We cant control the weather but it was still a great day out. 

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