Best Hikes Spokane - 2nd Edition  by Fred Barstad

Best Hikes: Spokane - 2nd Edition Guide Book

by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)
Best Hikes Spokane - 2nd Edition  by Fred Barstad
From the channeled scablands of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge to the subalpine summit of Mount Spokane, Best Hikes Near Spokane covers routes that will be of interest to any hiker. Whether you’re in the mood for an easy nature walk, a day-long hike, or an overnighter, this guide offers plenty to choose from.

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Trails from the "Best Hikes: Spokane - 2nd Edition" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 45.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 45.

The hike past 30-Acre Lake is a fairly short, easy, and somewhat remote hike that follows a dirt service road on the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. Hiking this route offers excellent wildlife-viewing possibilities, especially in the early morning. An early morning in September is the best time to make this hike. Bull elk may be bugling, their high-pitched, almost birdlike calls challenging each other for dominance. Coyotes may also be making themselves heard, and other wildlife is often seen. Even moose can occasionally be seen here. If you should spot a moose, watch from a distance and don’t challenge it in any way.
Cheney, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.8-1.6 miles
Descend through the high mountain forest from the Bald Knob Picnic Area and Trailhead into the Mount Spokane Ski Area. Enjoy the great views from the open runs and the fields of flowers and huckleberries. Then cross the Mount Spokane Summit Road and continue your descent to the junction with Mount Spokane Park Drive at the Lower Loop Road Trailhead. Nearly this entire hike is through beautiful widely diverse old-growth or medium-age second-growth forest. White-tailed deer are common and may be seen anywhere along this route. Pets must be on a leash and under physical control at all times. Mountain bikes allowed on this route.
Mead, WA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.6 miles
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Hike along the shoreline of Idlewilde Bay, which is part of beautiful Lake Pend Oreille. Most but not all of the trail junctions in Farragut State Park are marked with numbers on guideposts. These numbers correspond with the numbers on the Farragut State Park Trail Guide map. Hike southeast from the trailhead for a short distance to a trail junction with the Beaver Bay Shoreline Loop at Junction #71. Turn right at the junction and begin the loop, heading southwest on the abandoned roadbed, signed to Shoreline Picnic Area. The second-growth forest here is made up of medium-age trees, mostly Douglas fir.
Athol, ID - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 2.2 miles
With great viewpoints along the way, this challenging trip climbs through richly diverse conifer forest nearly all the way to the 5,150-foot-high summit of Bernard Peak. Grouse and white-tailed deer are common and often found along this route. There is also a chance of seeing a bear. Note the yellow arrows that mark this route at many but not all junctions. A portion of this trail follows an easement through private land—please stay on the trail. This is a long hike with a total elevation gain and loss of over 3,000 feet. Be sure the entire party is up to it.
Athol, ID - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 17.4 miles
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The Bluebird Trail follows a nearly flat route through ponderosa pine forest and flower-covered openings in the northeast corner of the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. This easy-for-almost-anyone hike has good waterfowl-viewing opportunities in the ponds as well as the chance to observe other wildlife and flowers in season. All visitors are required to stay on designated trails and roads Mar 1–Aug 15. If you encounter a moose along the trail, give it plenty of space. Dogs are discouraged on the refuge; however, they are permitted as long as they are on a leash less than 5 feet long.
Cheney, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.8-3.6 miles
Hike through rock gardens, draws, and uplands of Riverside State Park, Washington’s second largest. The park covers 10,000 acres of forests, rocky canyons, and riverfront, as well as several miles of the splashing and frothing Spokane River. A large section of this hike follows the 25-Mile Trail, which is a 25-mile-long loop through Riverside State Park. Signposts mark much of the 25-Mile Trail. This is a fairly complicated route to follow, so be sure to keep your map handy and follow your progress. On the last 3.4 miles of this hike (and some sections before that), follow the 25-Mile Trail markers.
Spokane, WA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.5 miles
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Hike on several trails through conifer forests and along bubbling streams. This route is not very physically demanding but has enough turns and junctions to be challenging. The Burping Brook Loop hike is an exercise in following directions and reading a map. The hiking directions included here are fairly complicated (more so than the route really is). Keep a close eye on the map as you hike so that you don’t miss a turn. Pets must be on a leash and under physical control at all times. Mountain bikes and horses are also allowed on these trails. Most of this route is marked with blue-diamond cross-country-ski markers and is a designated ski trail during the winter season.
Mead, WA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 1.8 miles
Hike the shoreline of Lake Pend Oreille, passing the site of historic Pend Oreille City and around Buttonhook Bay. Then return through the second-growth transitional-zone forest, which abounds with white-tailed deer, passing Peek Hole Rock along the way. Most of the trail junctions in Farragut State Park are marked with numbers on guideposts. These numbers correspond with the numbers on the Farragut State Park Trail Guide map.
Athol, ID - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 2.7 miles
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Starting along the marshland at the south end of Liberty Lake, this hike takes you through mixed forests, which consist of grand and Douglas fir, western hemlock, western red cedar, and several deciduous species, as well as three species of pines. Then you climb more than 1,200 feet to reach the Camp Hughes Cabin. Past the cabin the route descends, following abandoned roadbeds back to lake level.This route is open year long weather-permitting, and camping along it is permitted in places. Leashed dogs are permitted. Bikes are often ridden along this route.
Liberty Lake, WA - Backpacking,Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.5 miles
Hike through the beautiful mixed conifer forest above Chatcolet Lake on a self-guided nature trail. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Company #1995 constructed the CCC Trail in 1937, at the height of the Great Depression. Be sure to pick up a copy of the Civilian Conser vation Corps Company #1995 Nature Trail pamphlet at the visitor center before you start this hike. Not only is this pamphlet a guide to the flora at each of the nature trail markers, it also gives you an interesting overview of the Civilian Conservation Corps’s contributions to Heyburn State Park. This trail is open to hikers only. Dogs are prohibited.
Plummer, ID - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2 miles
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Climb through the forest above Chatcolet Lake, and stop at a bench or table for lunch and to take in the view. White-tailed deer are common all along this trail. The Cedar Loop is hiker only. The portion of this loop that follows the Rocky Top Trail is multi-use (hikers, mountain bikers, and horses). Dogs must be leashed. Angle across the highway to the trailhead and climb a short distance through the western red cedar and Douglas fir forest to the railroad tracks. Be careful crossing the tracks. A few yards past the tracks is the trail junction where you turn right to begin the loop. The route continues to climb, and before long a view of Chatcolet Lake appears to your right.
Plummer, ID - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5 miles
Hike the paved Centennial Trail from Sontag Park Trailhead near Nine Mile Falls through Riverside State Park to Military Cemetery Trailhead. This is the most scenic part of the 37-mile-long Centennial Trail and the section that is best adapted to hikers. Allow plenty of time to enjoy the viewpoints overlooking the sometimes calm, sometimes frothing Spokane River. Dogs are permitted on a leash. Bicyclists are the most common users of the Centennial Trail. This entire trail is accessible for people with physical challenges.
Nine Mile Falls, WA - Hiking,Road Biking - Trail Length: 9.4 miles
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Hike from a remote trailhead to the ridgeline of Chilco Mountain. Then follow the ridge south to the open subalpine summit of North Chilco Peak, with its great view of Lake Pend Oreille. Continue south from the north peak to Chilco Saddle, then ascend South Chilco Peak. Dogs that are under close control are allowed. Besides hikers, most of this route is open to mountain bikes, horses, and 2-wheel motor vehicles. Route finding can be difficult for a short distance on the south side of the north peak. A GPS unit can be of help here. This hike involves about 3,000 feet of elevation gain and loss round-trip, so be sure all party members are up for this hike. There is no water along this route, so if you want to backpack, prepare for a dry campsite.
Athol, ID - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 9.9 miles
The section of the Columbia Plateau Trail described here is the only part of that trail that is presently paved. For kids that like trains, this is a great hike. You may get a close look at a train on a parallel track or crossing overhead on a bridge. This hike can be made one-way, cutting the total distance in half, if a car shuttle to the Fish Lake Trailhead can be arranged. The Columbia Plateau Trail is a Rails-to-Trails project. Even though pedestrians have the right-of-way over bicyclists, it is always a good idea to be courteous and move to the side to allow them to pass safely. The most common users of this section of the Columbia Plateau Trail are bicyclists. Horses and motorized vehicles are prohibited. This portion of the Columbia Plateau Trail is accessible for people with physical challenges.
Cheney, WA - Hiking,Rail-Trails,Road Biking - Trail Length: 3.8-7.7 miles
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Hike along the marsh at the head of Cougar Bay on the northwest shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene. Then climb a short distance up the forested north-facing slope above it for your return trip. Take your time and watch for waterfowl, shorebirds, and other wildlife, which could even include a moose. This trail is open to hikers only. Dogs must be under close control. There is room for several vehicles at the parking area, but no other facilities.
Coeur d'Alene, ID - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.1 miles
Hike through mostly ponderosa pine forest above Deep Creek Canyon and take in the view of the rugged canyon and lava flows from Deep Creek Overlook. Then descend to the Centennial Trail next to Nine Mile Reservoir. Soon leave the broad, paved Centennial Trail and climb through the lava and jagged rock pinnacles to the forested bench above the west side of Deep Creek Canyon, and follow it back to the trailhead. The hike description here may seem complicated because of the many trail junctions on this route. Watch the map closely as you hike, and the directions will become much simpler.
Nine Mile Falls, WA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4-4.5 miles
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The east side of the English Point Trail System consists of the Red Loop and the Gray Loop Trails. The Red Loop Trail is the longer route of the two. The Red and Gray Loops follow the same route for their first 0.4 mile and last 0.3 mile. Both loops offer easy hiking through second-growth forest. The Red Loop also features a couple of viewpoints. Either of these loops is great for all but the smallest children (unless they are in a kiddy pack). Dogs are permitted but must be kept under control. These trails are open to hikers and skiers only; however, horse trails do cross them.
Hayden, ID - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6 miles
The trails in the English Point Trail System are on an isolated parcel of national forest land, somewhat unusual in this suburban setting. Because of the gentle grades of these routes and the opportunity to take one of the shorter loops if members of your party are getting tired, these hikes are good for families with kids. Each loop is marked with plastic diamonds that are colored to match the name of the loop. Dogs are permitted but must be kept under control. These trails are open to hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers. They are also marked cross-country-ski trails in the winter.
Hayden, ID - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3.2 miles
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Hike along abandoned dirt roadbeds, which make up the Entrance Loop, through widely diverse second-growth forest. The route is never very steep, wide all the way, and has no cliffs close to it, making it an excellent hike on which to include children. Pets must be on a leash and under physical control at all times. These trails are open to bicyclists and equestrians during the summer season. In the winter the Entrance Loop is used as a snowshoe route. Snowmobiles may only use the 0.3-mile-long Trail 120 section of this loop.
Mead, WA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 1.4 miles
Hike the mostly gentle trail along Skyline Ridge in Idaho’s second-oldest and thirdlargest state park. Elk or at least their tracks can be found all along this route, and white-tailed deer may be expected at any point. Dogs are allowed but must be kept under close control. The trails in McCroskey State Park are multiple-use, so you may meet horses, bikes, and ORVs. Most of the time traffic is light enough that this is not a problem.
Tensed, ID - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3.5 miles
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