I hiked this trail a few times while I was temporarily staying in the area. Since I was hiking in summer, I liked this trail because a lot of it is in shaded foresty areas, so you stay a little cooler. If you go clockwise, you start on a more well-used path that follows the creek, eventually making it to the Cedar Groves. Then the trail zigzags up the side of a hill. Once higher up, the trail follows the side of a hill, where you can occasionally glimpse a view of the surrounding hills. Most of the time, you don't have much of a view of the surrounding area since you're in a forest setting, but it's still pretty there. You also pass by a waterfall. The last half of the hike is gradual decline along the equestrian part of the trail, which also goes along a creek. On one of my hikes, I chose to go the loop backwards, saving the waterfall and pretty Cedar groves area for the later half, but that also meant starting out going uphill, which made it a little harder. If you go the equestrian route first, you can also veer off the path and continue upwards, where there are some nice views overlooking the valley.
SOMEONE needs to give some info about horseback riding. There is an equestrian friendly parking area just up the street from the main Liberty Lake park. It is located on S. Idaho road, just past the ORV park. From there you can hit the trail that eventually meets up with the main hiking trail before it branches off again a little while later. The ride was beautiful!
More difficult last 1/3 of the hike. More a long walk before the elevation gets challenging , but awesome scenery and follows the stream with slight elevation prior. Different hike everytime as seasons change and always worth it with a great workout that won't be a chore. Don't bring kids or dogs if you want to do the entire loop. Otherwise fun for all to make it to the escalation point.
If you're expecting a long, fairly difficult hike, this is a good one. My friend & I went thinking it was going to be more of a nature walk than a hike & we were very wrong. By the end we were both counting down the miles until we got back to our car. The waterfall is pretty, but not all it's cracked up to be. I'd do it again, but definitely go into it expecting to be there for awhile.
Well maintained moderate difficulty trail 10 minutes from downtown liberty lake. Good trail running trail
The trail is excellently maintained, and all streams are bridged. No wet feet. There are two large parking lots at the bottom. There are also seasonal restrooms and water at the campground trail head. Roads to trail head are paved, and parking lots are easy to find. There is seasonal creeks, streams, and a couple small waterfalls.
To get to the trail, you actually walk 0.3 miles from the parking lot through a bit of a park and a campground. You cannot park right at the trail head.
There is a seasonal fee booth to enter. It is currently two dollars. You can also ask questions and get a free map from the person at the booth.
Bring a map. There are several junctions on this trail, most of them unsigned. This means you can hike further than the loop. From the top of the loop, there are trails all the way to Micah peak if you desired a long hike. You can also hike south to a trail head in Idaho. You can also branch off the loop west and get to another trail head. There are quite a few options forking off of the loop.
There are only one or two short steeper sections of the trail. Overall the grade is pleasantly moderate to easy.