To the Trailhead: From the center of Winthrop head south on
Highway 20. Do not cross the Methow River. Continue straight 1/4
mile to the first cross street. Turn left. Go one block and turn
right onto the Winthrop-Twisp East County Road. At two miles, turn
left onto Upper Bear Creek Road. Follow this road to the end of
the pavement, and park at the pullout there. Lester Road intersects
Upper Bear Creek Road at this point.
Rides: Both loops start the same way. Ride up Lester Road. Staying
right at all the intersections will lead to Campbell Lake. Continue
past Campbell Lake and onto the jeep track which will lead down
through the canyon. Follow the jeep track through the canyon and
the valley which follows. Before this jeep track intersects with
another from the right at the end of the valley, the two loops diverge.
Option: Near the end of the valley watch to the left for a trail
which heads up the hillside. It may be marked with a cairn. The
trail curves around and heads back towards the rim of the canyon.
It may be difficult to follow in places, but it basically stays
near the rim of the canyon and the high ground above. Eventually
the trail drops back down to a well defined trail leading back past
Campbell Lake and back to Lester Road. Once back on Lester Road,
head back toward the start, but watch to the right for another single
track, possibly marked with a cairn that starts within a few hundred
yards. Follow this trail to Cougar Lake Road. Head downhill on Cougar
Lake Road which will connect with Lester Road. Head downhill on
Lester Road and follow it back to the start.
Road Option: Continue down the jeep track and bear left as it
merges with one from the intersecting valley. Continue on this track
out to Balky Hill Road. Turn left on Balky Hill Road and follow
it until it tees out at Beaver Creek Road. Turn left onto Beaver
Creek Road and follow it to its intersection with Lester Road immediately
across from the Beaver Creek Campground. Turn left on Lester Road
and follow it back to the start.