Situated on the dry, sunny side of the North Cascades, Mazama is the closest settlement to the Washington Pass summit, which is a mere 17 miles away.
This means that it is a quick ride to the crest of the Cascade Mountain Range from which to embark on mountain adventures.
Three of the most important attractions of Mazama are the renowned MVSTA trail system, the Cascade Loop Scenic Highway and the Methow River, all of which afford exceptional recreational opportunities.
The Mazama Experience
The pulse of Mazama beats on through its intimate connection with the outdoors. Outdoor enthusiasts flock here to live or visit because of the beauty, immediate access to the wilderness and the unique individuals encountered. Our welcoming mountain culture is open-minded, adventurous and good natured.
Mazama is a green community that emphasizes human powered recreation. Some of the fun things to get involved in include our Mazama Farmer’s Market in the warmer months, brimming with local organic produce and handicrafts and occasional impromptu live music. The climbing and skiing community regularly puts on adventure film showings at the Mazama Community Center. You can even get more of a taste of our essence by ordering an espresso drink at the Mazama Store while shopping for your favorite natural foods.
The entire Methow Valley including Mazama is considered to be a unique, artsy and progressive community. Our values show a strong support for local arts, farmers markets and handicrafts. Here you will find a wide variety of locally-produced art from a community of artisans inspired and supported by our local environment.
Some of our major area employers include the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Winthrop National Hatchery, Yakama Nation Fisheries and the North Cascades Smokejumper Base. Mazama is also a location for one of the two Outward Bound schools in the Pacific Northwest. The presence of these natural conservation and education employers underscores our deep connection to maintaining the environment and adds to the special nature of our community.
Some of the most popular destinations include:
• Goat Peak
• Lake Ann / Maple Pass Trail
• Blue Lake
• Cutthroat Lake
• Pacific Crest Trail
• Washington Pass Overlook
• Harts Pass
• MVSTA trails
• Okanogan National Forest
• North Cascades National Park
• Winthrop – a Western-themed town 15 miles to the southeast
• Twisp – quaint Methow Valley town located 23 miles southeast
• Overnight hiking to Stehekin
Please note that parking at most hiking trailheads require a U.S. Forest Service Pass, available for sale at local hotels and stores. As an option, major trailheads have cash drop boxes to enable the visitor to purchase a day pass.