Little Spokane River Natural Area

Spokane, Washington

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If we lived near Spokane, we would spend a large portion of our free time birding the Little Spokane River. It’s easy to get to and near a large population center, but the trail is calm and quiet. Visitors also can explore the area by canoe, something we strongly suggest if you are so inclined. For those who prefer exploring on terra firma, the 3.6-mile out-and-back (7.2-mile total) interpretive trail that we bird travels a narrow passage between a steep hill, often faced with craggy rocks, and the twisting river below. The trail travels past a variety of habitats, including rocky cliffs, pine forest, wetland, meadow, and riparian. You can start hiking at either end of the trail, but you’ll find more parking available at the east end by the Indian Painted Rocks area. Look in the open field near the Painted Rocks parking lot for Western Bluebirds and sparrows that may be using the bluebird boxes that have been placed there. Habitats: Riparian, mixed forest, cliffs. Specialty birds: Bald Eagle; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Black-chinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds; Pileated Woodpecker; Rednaped Sapsucker; Hammond’s and Pacificslope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Pygmy Nuthatch; Western Bluebird; Bohemian Waxwing.

Little Spokane River Natural Area Professional Review and Guide

"If we lived near Spokane, we would spend a large portion of our free time birding the Little Spokane River. It’s easy to get to and near a large population center, but the trail is calm and quiet. Visitors also can explore the area by canoe, something we strongly suggest if you are so inclined. For those who prefer exploring on terra firma, the 3.6-mile out-and-back (7.2-mile total) interpretive trail that we bird travels a narrow passage between a steep hill, often faced with craggy rocks, and the twisting river below.

The trail travels past a variety of habitats, including rocky cliffs, pine forest, wetland, meadow, and riparian. You can start hiking at either end of the trail, but you’ll find more parking available at the east end by the Indian Painted Rocks area. Look in the open field near the Painted Rocks parking lot for Western Bluebirds and sparrows that may be using the bluebird boxes that have been placed there. Habitats: Riparian, mixed forest, cliffs. Specialty birds: Bald Eagle; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Black-chinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds; Pileated Woodpecker; Rednaped Sapsucker; Hammond’s and Pacificslope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Pygmy Nuthatch; Western Bluebird; Bohemian Waxwing."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Spokane
Distance: 7.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Best Times: Best spring through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 1,600 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Riverside State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Little Spokane River Natural Area

Recent Trail Reviews

8/20/2009
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Was visiting from Michigan and had a day to kill, so my wif and 11 year-old son did this trial. We enjoyed it -- saw many coo birds including Osprey, finches, wood peckers, turkeys, etc. We heard a Bald Eagle, but didn't see it. Wish the trail was a little closer to the river, though. Painted rock was cool. Good trial for a family walk. Nice scenery and photo ops. Took about three hours, moderate pace.



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May 2018