- Trail Description:
- Road (well maintained), Trail (rough and steep at times)
- Best During:
- June to October
- Trip Distance:
- 28 miles
- Ride Time:
- 6 hours
- Elevation Gain:
- 4,100 feet
- Overall Rating:
- Trailhead elevation 2,800 feet. Ride up road #4225 for 4 miles.
- Turn left on #4230
- Turn right on spur road #190.
- Turn left on #4235. This road will take you to the summit of Starvation Mountain.
- Reach the summit of Starvation Mountain (elevation 6,800 feet). Congratulations, you just climbed over 4,000 feet (or did you drive up). Enjoy the views while you catch your breath and then turn back down the same road you came up on for about 500 feet. Look for a rough road on the right side (as you decend on 4235). If you have gone more than .2 miles from the top you have passed this side road.
- Turn left onto Blue Buck trail. This trail is unmarked and is easy to pass without noticing. Make sure you don't pass it. There may be a rock caire marking the enterance.
- The trail ends at a gravel pit. Navigate you way across the gravel and find road #400. Turn right on #400 for a short distance then back onto Blue Buck trail.
- Trail forks. Take the left fork and continue on Blue Buck trail.
- Turn left decending down to Beaver Creek then crossing it. The trail will divide in less than a quarter mile. Continue straight where Lightning Creek trail will soon join and you will recross Beaver Creek and continue decending on a wide path.
- The trail ends at a campsite. Ride out to the road and turn left.
- Reach your car where you left it at the beginning of #4225.
Twisp Ranger Station
P.O. Box 188
Twisp, WA 98856
Winthrop Ranger Station
P.O. Box 579
Winthrop, WA 98862
Mountain Bike Resource - Trails - Blue Buck Trail Ride Summary
With a 4,100 foot elevation gain this ride is not for the meek at heart. If you are not up for the well graded 15 mile climb try the shuttle system leaving one car at the bottom and drive the other to the top. If you feel guilty for cheating on the uphill climb, think again. To get to the trail you will have to climb up a steep rock strewn road. The trail itself is not a piece of cake either. Which ever way you decide to do this ride it will be demanding.
Directions To Trailhead
From Winthrop drive south on Hwy 20. Continue 2 miles past the town of Twisp. Turn left now heading east on Hwy 20 for 2.9 miles. Turn left on Beaver Creek road (#4225) and drive for 6 miles. Park at the junction with road #4225.
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