Little Spokane River

Spokane, Washington

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The Little Spokane River Valley is one of the most scenic and wildlife-rich areas in the Spokane area. During summer, few places in the United States have such a diversity of bird species. The spring-fed river is ripe with waterfowl and beavers and some fish, and the cover along the shores is thick enough to hold white-tailed deer and moose. Developers continue to circle the area like vultures, and some homebuilders out of touch with this ecosystem have shamelessly made no attempt to blend into the environment with their intrusive mansions on the upper slopes. But generations will always be thankful to former Spokane County Parks Director Sam Angove, along with river residents Morey and Margaret Haggin and others, who ended 15 years of buying, swapping, and negotiating to secure in 1985 a 1,500-acre preserve along the river that otherwise would have been privately developed and closed to the public. The Little Spokane River Natural Area, which has been expanded since then, is now managed by Riverside State Park. Hikers should be gentle with this blessing. The Indian Painted Rocks near one trailhead hold delicate petroglyphs; waterfowl nest along the river
100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest

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100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest

by Rich Landers & Spokane Mountaineers (The Mountaineers Books)

The Little Spokane River Valley is one of the most scenic and wildlife-rich areas in the Spokane area. During summer, few places in the United States have such a diversity of bird species. The spring-fed river is ripe with waterfowl and beavers and some fish, and the cover along the shores is thick enough to hold white-tailed deer and moose.

Developers continue to circle the area like vultures, and some homebuilders out of touch with this ecosystem have shamelessly made no attempt to blend into the environment with their intrusive mansions on the upper slopes. But generations will always be thankful to former Spokane County Parks Director Sam Angove, along with river residents Morey and Margaret Haggin and others, who ended 15 years of buying, swapping, and negotiating to secure in 1985 a 1,500-acre preserve along the river that otherwise would have been privately developed and closed to the public. The Little Spokane River Natural Area, which has been expanded since then, is now managed by Riverside State Park. Hikers should be gentle with this blessing. The Indian Painted Rocks near one trailhead hold delicate petroglyphs; waterfowl nest along the river

©  Rich Landers & Spokane Mountaineers/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Spokane
Distance: 5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Season: Late March through November
Trailhead Elevation: 1,630 feet
Top Elevation: 2,160 feet
Local Contacts: Riverside State Park
Local Maps: USGS Dartford
Driving Directions: Directions to Little Spokane River

Recent Trail Reviews

1/22/2007
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Very nice trail...I liek the fact tha a new trail has been cut around the beaver slide. Not only is it safer for hikers, it helps to preserve the slide for the iundustrious buggers...


6/28/2005
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This is an outstanding little trail. It has a comfortable grade and their is relatively easy access provided by the two parking areas at either end. The opporunities for wildlife viewing are superb. I have personally seen Moose, Deer, Wood Duck, Muskrat and Heron in the wildlife area. It's only detracting point is that it is fairly heavily trafficked. This Natural Area is a true asset to the City of Spokane.



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Apr 2018