Hog Lake

Cheney, Washington

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Waterfowl and upland bird hunters take advantage of this area in late autumn and winter, but hikers can take advantage of the seasonal road closure (usually closed March through November) to enjoy solitary rambles on the old road. Spring is the best time to visit as you’ll likely find the local desert full of migratory songbirds and the lake alive with nesting waterfowl. You might also happen across coyotes, badgers, deer, and snakes. To access the upper portion of a 1.3-mile loop above Hog Lake, hike 1.2 miles along the main road to a trailhead/horse unloading area. After enjoying the loop in the northern highlands above the lake, drop down the short trail to the lakeshore to experience the views there. The access to Hog Lake itself is found down the steep hill about 0.2 mile from the trailhead parking area along the southern side of the upper loop.
Best Desert Hikes Washington

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Best Desert Hikes Washington

by Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Waterfowl and upland bird hunters take advantage of this area in late autumn and winter, but hikers can take advantage of the seasonal road closure (usually closed March through November) to enjoy solitary rambles on the old road. Spring is the best time to visit as you’ll likely find the local desert full of migratory songbirds and the lake alive with nesting waterfowl. You might also happen across coyotes, badgers, deer, and snakes.

To access the upper portion of a 1.3-mile loop above Hog Lake, hike 1.2 miles along the main road to a trailhead/horse unloading area. After enjoying the loop in the northern highlands above the lake, drop down the short trail to the lakeshore to experience the views there. The access to Hog
Lake itself is found down the steep hill about 0.2 mile from the trailhead parking area along the southern side of the upper loop.

©  Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cheney
Distance: 5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: April through July
Trailhead Elevation: 2,200 feet
Top Elevation: 2,300 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Spokane
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Rosalia
Driving Directions: Directions to Hog Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

5/29/2011
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This is a beautiful location. Sometimes we lost the trail but it's easy to make your way through the brush. Spring is the perfect time for this trip. The waterfall is raging and the wildflowers are in bloom. You can start your hike at several different places. We usually start at the boat launch but it's a bit more treacherous going that route. If you want an easier hike start at the 1st hiking post you see on your drive to Hog Lake. Beware that at certain time of the year people do target shooting in this area. Usually in the Summer. There is a bathroom near the boat launch...or at least what's left of a bathroom. The target shooting happens near the bathroom. This is a beautiful lake perfect for Kayaking, canoeing, and hiking. The waterfall is at the opposite point of the lake from the boat launch and is only visible if you hike or boat over. This is an amazing, beautiful, peaceful place. It's not far from Spokane or Cheney.



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May 2018