It’s safe to say Jim Kenyon and I will not be doing anything like this when we ride through the Methow Valley in late May on a Cascade Bicycle Club tour. Our trip will be on pavement but that’s fine with a roadie like me. The crazies, however, should take note of these trails near Winthrop WA.–Corrie
To get to Falls Creek you drive up West Chewuch Road), past Road 5130 on your left, taking Road 5140 on the left. It climbs for a long time, but get this: It’s all paved! We’ve run into this from time to time, typically on logging roads that also serve as fire-access roads. It’s pretty nice; you can make twice the time as the typical rutted, water-bar-laden fire road. Eventually the road dead ends right at the head of Trail 518, and you’re in business.