Dishman Hills Natural Area

Spokane, Washington 99213

Dishman Hills Natural Area

Dishman Hills Natural Area Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Who would imagine that barely outside of Spokane, surrounded by car dealers, pavement, and subdivisions, a little plot of bird nirvana is tucked into the landscape? Set aside in order to preserve a “pre-pioneer ecosystem,” Dishman Hills offers a much-needed rest stop for spring and fall migrants as well as a breeding spot for summer residents among the mixed ponderosa-pine and fir forests and the small ponds surrounded by cottonwood and quaking aspen. Several trails crisscross the 518-acre site.

The trail system is circuitous and complicated, so to avoid getting lost, take the map with you, and even with the map, note landmarks and trail markings to ensure you can easily find your way out when you want to. Those who are less sure on their feet may also want to take a sturdy walking stick. Any trail you choose to take will be a good choice, but if you can take the time to hike to one of the ponds, you will have a better chance of seeing more birds due to the changes in vegetation. Habitats: Mixed forest, wetlands. Specialty birds: Northern Goshawk; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Black-chinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds; Pileated Woodpecker; Red-naped Sapsucker; Hammond’s, Dusky, and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Pygmy Nuthatch; Western Bluebird; Bohemian Waxwing."

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9/16/2007
I would do this hike again, but the trails are horribly marked! We got lost for about an hour and ended up calling 911 to figure out how to get back to our car.
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5/28/2007
Very pleasant, easy hike morning after tackling the Liberty Creek Loop trail. Up and down elevations that surprised me only as I descended the trail to see how high I had gone. But nothing major. This trail is well-populated since it is in the middle of the Spokane Metro area. I did love the rocky cliffs and the pretty ponds.
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11/9/2005
Although the landscape was beautiful, I found it difficult to enjoy as I spent most of the time trying to figure out whether or not I was on the "five mile loop" that was described. I found the signs confusing and useless and I ended up running through someone's private property before reaching a road. I don't recommend these trails unless you have tons of time to kill being lost or you go with somebody who knows where the path is.
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6/7/2005
Well maintained trails, however since this area is so close to the city, there is some trash here and there. Other than that, it is an OK hike with some good views. But be sure to stay on the trail as you may end up in someone's back yard!
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Trail Information

Spokane
Nearby City
Several options
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Year-round
Best Times
2,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
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Top Elevation

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