7) Methow Valley’s Rendezvous Huts

Best For: Dog-lovers with intermediate skills

Off season at the Rendezvous hut     Photo: Abu on Flickr

Eastern Washington’s Methow Valley, whose bottom is filled with trails and nordorks, has been a Mecca for cross-country ski hut-to-hut trips since the mid eighties. The valley is prime for riding, too.

Last year, the owner of the Rendezvous Huts decided to open two of the shelters to bikers in the shoulder season. You can book the wood frame Rendezvous and Gardner huts, which both sleep eight and have full kitchens, from April to July and September to October.  There are trails out the door of both huts, and you can easily link them for a multi-day trip.

The classic ride in the area is the 13-mile Buck Mountain loop, which starts off at route 20 near Winthrop and climbs 1,300 feet through forest and sagebrush. If you can’t stand to be separated from your four-legged companion, don’t worry, the Rendezvous hut allows dogs.

When to go: The huts are only open to bikers in the spring and fall. May is prime for wildflowers.
Cost:
$100/person; rendezvoushuts.com

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