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Eight Mile Ranch is a U.S. Forest Service facility used both as fire base and as home for mules used in accessing the back country of the North Cascade Mountains and Pasayten Wilderness.  The Chewuch River runs from the Pasayten Wilderness in the North Cascade Mountains toward the Methow River at the village of Winthrop, where the two merge to drain throught the Methow Valley to the mighty Columbia at Lake Pateros.
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