Driving Directions from Winthrop

From Winthrop, turn onto West Chewuch Road next to the softball field.

  • Travel .9 miles before turning left onto Rendezvous Road, next to the OCEC (Okanogan County Electric Co-op)
  • Travel 5.6 miles on Rendezvous Road, to the end where there is an open gate, continue straight on Bear Fight Road.
  • Immediately come to a fork in the road, take the left fork to continue on Bear Fight Road.
  • Travel .1 mile to another ford in the road, take the left fork to continue on Fiddler’s Road.
  • Travel .3 mile, the Bear Fight Institute is on the right. Driveway is marked with a “WHOA!” sign.

 

Directions to Bear Fight Institute from out of the area

  1. Fly into Seattle, then by way of:
    • Snoqualmie I–90 AND Blewett US 97 (4–5 hours)
    • Stevens US 2 (4–5 hours)
    • North Cascades HWY 20 (4.5 hours)
    • In winter, check the WSDOT pass reports
  2. Fly into Spokane
    • Driving time is approximately 4 hours.
  3. Fly into Wenatchee
    • Driving time is approximately 2.25 hours from Wenatchee to the Bear Fight Institute
    • Alaska airlines has 3 flights per day from SeaTac to Wenatchee Pangborn airport
    • Flight duration is less than 40 min
    • Rental car available at Pangborn airport
  4. Fly into Bellingham
    • Check the pass reports for the North Cascade SR 20.
    • The North Cascade Pass, SR20, is closed during winter months. Check WSDOT pass reports prior to travel.
    • Driving time is normally ~4 hours.
  5. Private charter flights are also available from all airports. The fares work just as they do with taxi cabs; i.e., they are expensive if you are traveling alone, and more economical if you can fill the flight (up to five passengers).
  6. Amtrak Bus from Seattle to Wenatchee
    • From SeaTac airport take the Link Light Rail to the the Stadium stop across the street from the Amtrak King Street station.
    • One bus per day leaves at 8:50 am
    • There is limited service and information available at the Wenatchee Columbia Train/Bus Station. There is restrooms, but no wifi. Wenatchee station closes at 6pm.
  7. Empire BuilderAmtrak train from Seattle to Wenatchee
    • Traveling daily along major portions of the Lewis and Clark trail, the mighty Empire Builder takes you on an exciting adventure through majestic wilderness, following the footsteps of early pioneers. Dining car serves hot meals prepared by a chef on board.
    • Take the Link Light Rail from SEA-TAC to Stadium stop. King St. Station is a short walk.
    • Amtrak train from Seattle to Wenatchee departs King St. Station every day at 4:40 pm, arriving in Wenatchee at 8:30 pm. The Wenatchee train station will be closed, and there is no wifi available. Transportation from Wenatchee train station to Winthrop should be arranged ahead of time.
    • Return trip is NOT dependable, as the train coming from Montana is often delayed. Recommended: use Wenatchee Valley Shuttle for the return trip.
  8. Wenatchee Valley Shuttle - offering multiple daily shuttles between Sea-Tac and Wenatchee

Wenatchee to Winthrop (160 km) or Sun Mountain Lodge (170 km):
There is no public transportation from Wenatchee to Winthrop. From Wenatchee it is possible to go to Winthrop by car.
The closest car rental place from the Columbia Train/Bus station (Enterprise) is 1.6 km away. The office closes at 6 PM weekdays and 12 PM on Saturday. Several rental car companies exist in Wenatchee Pangborn Airport.
Taxi to Winthrop will cost about $250, one way. A taxi from the Methow Valley exists: Classic Mountain Cabby (http://jtd2014.wix.com/classicmountaincabby). Reservations have to be made at least 24 hours in advance. The van can take up to six people.
Bicycling (information available upon request).

Seatac to Twisp:
Catlin Flying Services (http://www.catlinflyingservice.com/) goes from Seattle Boeing Field airport (which is different from Seatac International airport) to Twisp municipal airport. Reservations have to be made in advance. The flight duration is between 1  and 2 hours (depending on the weather). The aircraft can take up to 5 passengers. Rideshare flights are available at $100 per person (http://www.catlinflyingservice.com/rideshare-flights.html). There is no facility in Twisp airport. Twisp is 15 km south of Winthrop, and 25 km away from Sun Mountain Lodge. There is no public transportation or rental car available in Twisp.

Twisp to Winthrop (15 km) or Sun Mountain Lodge (25 km):
There is no public transportation in the Methow Valley. The only local taxi is Classic Mountain Cabby (http://jtd2014.wix.com/classicmountaincabby). Reservations have to be made at least 24 hours in advance. The van can take up to six people.
Bicycling (information available upon request).

Sun Mountain Lodge, Winthrop