Yes indeed, no sign of the fires at all. Next time we go I'm thinking of trying the KOA in Winthrop
. They're one of the sponsors for the Fall Bike Festival and would be a great place to start a float trip down the Methow River.
We rode the trails from Sun Mountain Lodge on Saturday and it was stellar. Bright blue sky and 65 degrees. Not bad for October and the fall color was awesome. Here's a picture overlooking the Beaver Pond which I like so well I'm using it for my desktop background and Patterson Lake
where you can rent cabins but no trailer camping:
There's no shortage of good road riding and they offer several supported rides both on and off road as part of the Methow Fall Bike Festival
. Since most of the activities (except the racing) are centered in "downtown" Winthrop the KOA might be a better choice.
You're right that it's a fair haul from Seattle so next year I'd really like to plan it so we can leave the trailer up there for an extended period. This summer we took the North Cascades on the way over and came back via Stevens. This last time we reversed the route. You get a different perspective each way. Steven's is by far the easier drive. Mapquest claims you can do it in a little over four hours but with the trailer and stops it's a solid five hours using Hwy 2. One tip is to use the "alternate" route on the east side of the Columbia River and cross over north of Chelan to avoid the lights and 25/35mph stretch going through Chelan.
A Blue Boy or even just a 5 gallon blue plastic jerry can would have done the trick for us this trip. Getting the Kings spot out there on the point would be a fantastic site. Oh well, we really didn't have any time back at camp to enjoy it this time anyway. I guess that's the downside of having so many things to do in the Methow