Beaver Loop hike
Methow At Home hosts a free hike around the Beaver Loop at Early Winters with former ranger Eric burr on Saturday (May 13), starting at 9:30 a.m. from the Mazama Store. Register at methowathome.org.
Methow At Home offers a free bird-watching session with Craig Olson on Sunday, May 21, starting from the Chickadee Trailhead off Patterson Lake Road at 8 a.m. Bring your binoculars and anything you need to be comfortable on a four mile walk. Register at methowathome.org.
Riser Lake hike
Methow At Home offers a free hike around Riser Lake on Friday, May 26, starting from the Gunn Ranch Road parking area at 10 a.m. ring a lunch for a picnic and something to sit on if you like. Register at methowathome.org.
The Methow Valley is host to an array of events to entertain, challenge and educate cyclists. Here’s what’s coming up soon.
• May 12-14: Spring Sun Mountain Tune Up, presented by the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance Methow Chapter. The Event will include Dig Days on Friday and Saturday, a barbecue on Saturday afternoon, a group ride on Sunday. No cost, but registration requested. For more information, visit www.evergreenmtb.org/calendar/eventdetail/17001/sun-mountain-tune-up.
• June 2-3: Otso Bike Demos, presented by Otso Cycles and sponsored by Methow Cycle & Sport. Test ride some different styles of bikes. Choose from gravel, bike-packing, mountain bike and fat bike. Noon-5 p.m. June 2 at Methow Cycle & Sport; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 3 at Mazama Corral trailhead. No cost. Visit methowcyclesport.com for more information.
• June 3: Goat Gravel Grinder, presented by Cascade Endurance. An all-welcoming 35-mile, approximately 4,500-feet-gain gravel race on some fantastic Northwest terrain with aid stations along the way and a post-race par-tay. For more details, visit https://www.cascadeendurance.com.
• June 4-5: Washington Student League State Championship, hosted by the Methow Valley Cycling Team. Come out and cheer on our local youth racers at Liberty Bell High School. No cost. Visit https://washingtonleague.org/ for more information.
Hunter education courses
Starting June 1, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will no longer offer fully remote hunter education courses, the agency said in a press release. WDFW will continue to offer in-person hunter education courses as well as hybrid courses that combine online and in-person learning.
The traditional classroom course, which is typically taught over multiple evenings and includes a field portion, is highly recommended for students seeking a classroom experience. The hybrid course combines successful completion of an online course followed by a field skills evaluation where students receive hands-on training and evaluation by certified instructors. Students who started but have not completed a fully online hunter education course by June 1 will be able to finish their course and become certified.
To learn about hunter education requirements and find an upcoming course near you, visit the WDFW hunter education website.