Dishman Hills Natural Area Trail is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Spokane, WA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Could be described as more of a trashed city park near the Appleway trailhead than a nature hike. The times that I've hiked around have been on the loops to the east of the nature area, where it connects with the 8th Street trailhead. This seems to be where there are usually transients and a lot of trash. I haven't taken the trail through the lodge that seems to venture more south.
Some parts of the trails are easy to make out but it's not a well groomed trail for, what I would consider, to be casual walking. I'm more of a "make my own trail" person, so the lack of groomed pathways doesn't bother me. It's not so bad that you couldn't find your way out again, especially being near a busy arterial.
Very pretty trail! We loved it and really enjoyed the views.
NOT OPEN AT THIS TIME!
Only giving this a one star because it says it closes in November but I went there today and it was closed. Today is 9/20/2016. Just to give people a heads up.
Please note that this is my personal opinion and I don't intend to offend anyone as I know people all like different things, and I respect that. This hike was not what we expected, at all. It's literally right across the street from the Appleway Toyota dealership, the parking lot is across from the Appleway car lot. Prior to our arrival, we were under the impression that the hiking area would be located deeper into nature and not so close to the busy road, we were mistaken. Just a couple of things I would like to mention, especially if you have children, or you're hiking alone, there was a multitude of homeless people hanging out in different sections of the hiking area, and one person actually had a tent set up and everything. Just error on the side of caution, as you never know what people are capable of, and this area would make a great location for a hide out. Next thing, if you're taking your dog, or kids, be careful, we came across quite a substantive amount of broken glass, additionally you will find quite a bit of litter as well. The trails are not clearly marked, the trails we went on were actually pretty "steep" both going up and down, so this wouldn't be a good hike for someone with joint problems or if you're simply out of shape, as most of our hike was incline....granted I think we ventured off the beaten path multiple times, due to the trails not being clearly marked, and we came across an area in which appeared to be somebodies residence. In any case the route we went had a lot of incline hiking and also going down steep rocky areas. This leads me to my next point, we hiked down to a lower point between large rocks, it was quite pretty. However, I noticed a sign that had fallen down saying "beware of rattlesnakes," or something along those lines, and we thought this was very weird but in that area we saw a pair of little boys underwear on the ground, that was really the only secluded area of this hike so we found that unsettling and odd, as I think a lot of people would. There was also graffiti on the large rocks. If you like seclusion or solidarity during your hikes, this is NOT the location for you, unless of course you're used to the big city life, this may appear to be quite calm. When we got to one of the highest points, we did not have that sense of accomplishment or that beautiful view that you hope for when hiking, rather we saw the cars, we saw all the car dealerships and what not. You'll run into quite a bit of people as well. I think we came across only one dog who had a harness on, the other dogs we saw had no leash on or anything, so this is also something to watch out for. This was definitely not what we expected, I am able to find the beauty in nearly everything and there are some pretty parts to this "hike," but it's not at all secluded, tranquil, etc. I suppose if you wanted a quick dose of nature, this trail would suffice, however this is not for those people who want that nature hiking experience. I hope this helps some of you, I will also try to post some of the pictures I managed to take.
Not bad much better than the last time I was up there fairly easy trails good for kiddos or if you don't wanna travel far
We parked in large gravel lot off Appleway.
We took our 4 year olds on the Pine Cliff loop on our first visit. It was perfect. The trail offered enough varying terrain but not too strenuous for the littles. This loop was about 1 mile.
Somewhat well marked and just as we began to wonder about our location a sign would appear.
Our favorite part of this trail was the large rock cliffs, small caves, birdsong, the enchanted ravine and wildflowers. The park at the trailhead was a plus. Really nice open grassy area, picnic benches, bathrooms , drinking fountain and small kids play structure make it a nice place to spend the day.
Most of the trail was quite rocky but was well cleared of brush.
Benches throughout and at about the 3/4 mile mark there are a couple of north facing views of the valley.
Great for a generally easy hike with a lot of trails to select and change scenery with. Most are tracked well and it's fairly easy to get back on route if you wander off a bit
Pleasant area with lots of different trails to get lost on.
Deep ravine has possible poison ivy.
This was a nice and clean trail system. I got off course a few times because I was working my phone and had the dog in tow. Enjoyed this area.
I love these hills! Very clean and gorgeous green life. I love that these trails accommodate any skill level.
It's definitely great for a daily run, but it's not a hard hike. There is some decent elevation for trail running with a pretty view at the top. There are plenty of choices of trails to choose from. It's pet friendly and family friendly.
Fun and relatively easy