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 randomly chose this hike out of a book and was more than happy. I did the trail clockwise and is what I'd recommend. The trail begins by following a small creek upstream. After making it to a small picnic area (good place to take a rest if needed), you begin heading up switchbacks. I also like my hikes to be a workout with some elevation gain involved.
The waterfall was amazing, especially given this year's melt. I recommend going in late spring to see the water rush. During my hike it started to rain (no worries, just bring rain gear). The last mile was awesome because of the rain. The trail was flooded and hikers needed to use these mini "bridges" constructed out of tree stumps and old 2x4. I would definitely do this trail again.
My Time: 2:40
Got done with work early and decided to do a quick trek on this loop before sundown. Ended up being a bit tougher than I thought it would be but if you aren't speeding through it not to bad. I took the loop clockwise which ended up being the steeper climb up which I prefer. When taking it clockwise the first half of the loop follows a rushing creek with lots of mini rapids to listen to on the way. The back of the loop has a few small waterfalls with lots of downed pines laying across it. Some of the switchbacks near the waterfall got fairly steep but not too bad. The loop back out going clockwise was a steady downhill back to the parking lot.
Total Distance - 8.35 miles
Max Speed - 8.39 mi.hr
Total Time - 2:14:03
Average Speed - 3.74 mi.hr
Moving Time - 1:54:02
Average Moving Speed - 4.39 mi.hr
Elevation Gain - 2,333 ft
Min Elevation - 2,017 ft
Max Elevation - 3,301 ft
Min Grade - 1.4%
Max Grade - 17.4%
I uploaded the GPS file also.
This is a beautiful trail, however not very well marked passed the Cedars (2 miles in from trailhead). The switchbacks go up and its a long walk to the waterfall and up again to the cabin, then it's 3.6 miles down. Well worth going to, but with someone familiar with the trail on the first hike.
We did this hike with our toddler (rode in a backpack for most, but there were several areas where she could easily walk alongside us). This well marked trail had it all, easy paths through trees, switchbacks, bridges, waterfalls, beautiful views, even an outhouse near the cabin near the top of the loop! It took us 4 1/2 to 5 hours to complete. Note: it was a hot day, but near the waterfalls the temps were very cold and we needed jackets.
Very Nice hike east of Spokane, WA. The cost was $2 per person with limited parking at the main trail head. We hiked the loop clock wise and found the walking very easy for the first 2 miles, at the 2 mile point we crossed the creek and proceeded to the falls with the trail making numberous switch backs. The falls were not very pronounced as the creek was running slowly. At this point the trail was not as clearly marked due to lots of game trails in the woods. Once we got to the top we crossed an old road and the trail went straight up a small hill where there was a old out house and just to the west a very usable cabin. We proceeded to finish the hike using a old trail road. The temperature was very comfortable and the signage and maps well done. The odd thing we saw were elk dropping at several spots on the south part of the loop on the way back to the car. Spokanites, this a very good outing right in your own back yard.
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