100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest
by Rich Landers & Spokane Mountaineers (The Mountaineers Books)
© Rich Landers & Spokane Mountaineers/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
I felt that the guidebook underestimated the initial elevation gain of this hike. The trail on the way up is well marked, but is ridden with basalt rocks. Footing can be an issue. I recommend a good pair of boots. On our way down we saw a girl going up in flip flops...I would not recommend this. Once you make it to the top the views are great. You can lookout onto Banks and Thompson Lakes and since it was clear we could see the Cascades. The descent was tricky at parts. Really steep with nothing to grab on to. We saw one girl slip and fall. Take it slow and put a little room between yourself and others in your party (in case of slippage).
Hiked this on Saturday May 17. Not to hot Mid 80's. Nice flowers and views from the top. It is a good change from forest hiking and that was the purpose of this trip since there was still a hugh amount of snow in the cascades this year. (They where still skiing Alpental at snoqualmie pass this year on Memorial day!)
A nice hike, with good views of banks lake, spring flowers, and hawks soaring along the rim right at eye level. There are even some deer on the top that we saw.
Not much shade, and no water. Could be much hotter later in the year. As nice as this hike is don't miss Northrup Canyon just a few miles away. South across the road.
A pleasant change from forest/alpine hiking. Lots of wildlife and flowers.
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