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Mount Spokane State Park is a 13,919-acre camping park in the Selkirk Mountains. The view at the top of the 5,883-foot elevation includes surrounding states and Canada. The forested park features stands of old-growth timber and granite rock outcroppings. In winter, the park receives 300 inches of snow.
Steve P. on Mount Spokane July-Oct Hike
Drove to the park today from Spokane. I'm visiting Spokane so I used Google maps to get there. It took me on a route through ID that dead ended at a locked, private logging company gate with security cameras. Reviewed routes and went in on 206, but that was blocked at the park office. The road is under construction before the 110 trailhead and they aren't allowing anyone past. They said they usually don't work saturdays, but they were that Saturday.
Met some folks that used the PowerLine from the park office to get to 110, so I took that. Very steep and off camber game(?) Trail until it intersects the 110 trail.
On the plus side, had the trails mostly to myself on a Saturday.
Hiked up to the saddle junction and then down the 401 trail. Outhouse at saddle has a broken door, but it is still serviceable. A side trail on 401 just below the saddle leads to some nice views and forks in several directions, but I didn't have time to explore much after all the driving.
Trail was in great shape. Only one large tree across it, but it was low enough to climb over. Wish I had time to get to one of the peaks, but very worthwhile.
Found this about the closure later. Wish I had known about the closure earlier.
This is a nice hike. It took me about 2 hours to do a round trip hike. Weather was overcast, but the view was still pretty great. I only saw one other group on the entire trail. The trail is mostly dirt/gravel road making for an easy hike.
3 amazing views. Day, Carson, and Spokane peaks all have amazing views. I mean really awesome views that you would expect to see at the top of a mountain.
There are either tables or suitable rocks to sit and rest on at each of the peaks.
The trails have finally been cleared this year from the wind storm blowdowns last winter and they are in good hiking condition. Snow is fully melted also.
Be warned the Alltrails information on this hike is not currently accurate. Until it gets updated you may want to plot your own route. The route does not go to Day peak like it should, and it lists the climb as 1100 ft, but be warned its probably three or four times that much. The current track recordings are also not complete.
Some people start this hike at the Carson lower loop lot or the Selkirk lodge lot to lower the mileage and climb.
hiked Mount Spokane today, it was about 76 degrees and the wind was blowing from the east which was nice due to our route we decided to take. My buddy and I parked at the second parking lot at around 3800 feet and instead of using the trails we walked up on Mt Spokane Park Dr until we reached the next parking lot. We wanted to appreciate the view so we decided to do our trip with this approach. We also had a map from the ranger station which was really helpful which I would recommend everyone do since it is an essential item. We then continued on Mt Spokane Park Dr heading North until we reached the ski lifts. We started the ascent heading west around 1030 from the ski lift and followed the line up the ski slopes. We followed the Hour Glass route which according to the sign is the hardest descent for skiers. We then hit the North Summit Rd and followed the hard ball until we hit trail 140 and took it to the summit. The approach from the ski slope made the trip worth it since we were on the east side of the summit and it had more of a view. Since the slopes are not maintained as often, you may have to do some bushwacking and on the spot route selection to avoid bushes and obstacles. If you do this route, bring extra sun screen and keep an eye on the weather.
Zenda M. on Mt. Spokane State Park
One of our favorites. Saw a moose!
Mt. Kit Carson Trail proved to be a very diverse hike, overgrown with diverse wildlife, trees, and wild huckleberries. Nearer to the top, the trail forks and there is a simply stunning meadowed area that allows for good views of Spokane to the west and north. Not too difficult of a hike overall, but the distance itself still proved to be fairly tiring. Would definitely recommend. Huzzah!
I started this trail from the last possible parking lot. I made my way onto trail 130 which is a little tricky to find. If you find the base of lift 5 there is a little field to the north of it with what looks like a service road at the end. This is the start of trail 130. 130 will take you to the top of Day Mountain. This trail is approx. 95% in the shade and the majority of it is a service road. While descending Day Mountain, I took trail 160 to hit the peak of Mt. Kit Carson. I continued down 160 and it brought me to Saddle Junction. From here I took 140 to the summit of Mount Spokane. Even though the trails get harder in difficulty the views got more amazing with each peak. I would rate my first part of the trail easy, then moderate, and then on the high end of moderate while getting to the top of Mount Spokane. The top of Mount Spokane is something! There is the Vista House with has picnic tables inside and out and a fireplace inside. After spending some time up there I decided to take a direct route back to the parking lot (which can be seen from the summit). I followed lift 2 all the way down and would not recommend it to anyone....unless that person is looking for a challenge. I would rate that section difficult because of the incline and the fact that it was all overgrown with grass, shrubs, and bushes and I was unable to see where I was stepping the majority of the time. The best part of the trip for me was that at the beginning there was gooseberries along trail 130 and was great to snack on. And on trail 160 and 140 there was millions of huckleberries to snack on! There was even huckleberries on the way down following lift 2 so at least I was rewarded anytime I wanted to take a break there. Overall this was an awesome day hike which took me approx. 8 hrs total (approx. 6hrs hike time/2 hrs rest time).
As a side note I did not come across any mountain bikers.
This is a must go during the berry season! The best way to approach this is to ask the guy who runs the lodge at the bottom to give you a ride to the top and in return you will buy lunch when you get back down. Start from the top and go over the back side of the Mountain by the parking lot! This is a great mountain bike bath but also a beautiful way to hike back down! lots of streams, views, and of course huckleberries!
The view is absolutely beautiful! Getting there was trouble for me. We ended up eventually just parking about 2 miles away from the bottom of the summit. Once we got to where it says go here to get to MT Kit Carson it only takes about 20 minutes to get to the top. So the actual hike itself is super short. Finding it was the tricky part for me. It's well worth the view though.