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Methow Valley including Winthrop, Twisp and Mazama, Washington

The Methow Valley is in north central Washington and extends from Pateros
to Mazama along the Cascade Loop Highway. This is the eastern
gateway to the North Cascades National Park Highway which is traditionally
open mid-April through early to mid-November.*



Washington State Map




Google Map


Cascade Loop/International Loop

The Cascade Loop (in green below) is a scenic by-way approximately 440 miles long.


Winthrop is 44 miles from Pateros at milepost 193 of Hwy 20.
Twisp is 34 miles from Pateros at milepost 34 of Hwy 153
Mazama is 56 miles from Pateros at milepost 179 of Hwy 20

*Hwy 20 is generally closed mid-Nov to mid-April due to snow. To get the
most current information please call 1 800 695 7623 or visit
www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/passes before heading out.


General Directions

There are 3 different ways to get to Methow Valley from Seattle.


From Seattle Via I-5

(Approx 4 hours, 200 miles)
From Seattle drive north on I-5 approximately 65 miles, turn east onto Highway 20 (the North Cascades Highway) at Burlington. Follow Hwy 20 approximately 118 miles and you will see the turnoff for Mazama, keep traveling east on Hwy 20 for approx 14 and you will be in Winthrop, continue on another 8 miles and you will be in Twisp.

From Seattle Via Hwy 2

(Approx 4 hours, 200 miles)
From Seattle drive north on I-5 and take Exit 168B (WA-520 E) to Interstate 405 North. Merge onto WA-522 E via Exit 23 towards US-2/Woodinville/Wenatchee. Take Highway 2 towards Wenatchee and go east on Highway 2 to Wenatchee, continue on Hwy 97 North to Pateros, Take Hwy 153 North to Twisp, Winthrop and continue on to Mazama.

From Seattle Via 1-90

(Approx 4.5 hours, 240 miles)
From Seattle take I-5 to I-90. Drive east on I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass and past Cle Elum. Take WA-970 N at Exit 85 towards Wenatchee. Follow the signs towards Wenatchee and Highway 2 over Blewett Pass (Hwy 97). At the Highway 2 junction turn right to Wenatchee, continue on Hwy 97 North to Pateros, Take Hwy 153 North to Twisp, continue on to Hwy 20 to Winthrop and then Mazama.



Washington State
Pass Conditions


By Plane

Pangborn Memorial Airport

Pangborn Memorial Airport is a small airport that has 3 outbound and 3 inbound flights daily from Seattle serviced by Horizon. The airport is in East Wenatchee which is about 100 miles from Winthrop. Call 509-884-2494 for reservations.


Sea-Tac Airport

Sea-Tac International Airport is located just south of Seattle and is one of the largest on the west coast. The Sea-Tac airport is 213 miles from Winthrop.


Catlin Flying Service, LLC

Catline Flying Service provides direct flights throughout the region. They fly in and out of Twisp and can comfortably accommodate 5 passengers. www.catlinflyingservice.com or call 1-866-445-2359


Other Options

The Gabby Cabby, L.L.C provides transportation to, from and around the Methow Valley and can carry 6 passengers, luggage, bikes and skis. The Gabby Cabby also offers custom trips. www.thegabbycabby.com or call 509-341-4650.



Distances from Winthrop to...

  • Leavenworth, 116 miles
  • Loup Loup Ski Area, 20 miles
  • New Halem, 72 miles
  • Pateros, 44 miles
  • Portland, OR 374 miles
  • Seattle, 213 miles
  • Spokane, 185 miles
  • Wenatchee, 101 miles
  • Vancouver B.C., 236 miles


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