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Very well maintained trail with amazing views to reward you for the effort. 6 mile drive on forest service roads to get to trailhead.

Very steep climb, but spectacular views are your reward at the top.

Beautiful day for taking the dog on a hike to Big Tree! Yak-traks, or any spikes/crampons would be recommend as some spots are pure ice. (going up is easy it’s the way down that traction becomes a little tricky!)

on Stevens Lakes

snowshoeing
10 days ago

This is my favorite quick getaway! We snowshoed in on New Years Day 2019. Had to park just south of the freeway bridge due to snow. Broke trail around 10:30. Both switch backs where lost in the snow so we we straight up. It was a good workout, but do-able. There was over 5.5 feet of snow at the lower lake and °14. Got back to the truck at 3:00. Awesome hike ♡

Beautiful hike with incredible views. Just enough incline going up to get your heart rate up and blood pumping. Perfect for a easy hike to get outside and even better, the eagles are out this time of year!!

Great early morning hike. Not a soul on the trail from 8 to about 10:30 am. The trail started to get icy at about at about a half mile in, so micro spikes were clutch to get to the top without slipping. Didn't see any critters, just deer tracks along the path.

Cons: Could be very crowded/congested on weekends from November-December. This is mostly due to large birdwatching crowds in the area; especially during “Eagle Week.” Wildlife other than eagles is scarce due to trail usage, number of people & dogs.

Pros: Despite the crowds, the area is gorgeous with 90° lake views @ summit, large timber & rolling hillside on the accent. The trail is well maintained with mile markers as well as nav. signs.

Tips: Current conditions prove no snow & only dusting @ summit. 1st mile is a very gradual incline; proving doable for toddlers/kids -5. Upon reaching mile marker 1 expect incline switchbacks which could prove tough for toddlers/kids -5 or packs 35+.

Happy Trails :)

hiking
18 days ago

Did this trail at the end of December. There was a lot of snow and with about .3 miles left on the trail there was a steep narrow incline with a lot of snow that I just couldnt climb up so I called it for another time. That being said, the people who were snowshoeing were able to get across, with a little difficultly in that one spot but still made it farther than I did with snowboots and crampons (not really necessary). The trail is gorgeous. There were a few other people out on snowmobiles in other areas that you can hear nearby and I saw a few back country ski and snowboarders. It is a beautiful trail, just dress in warm, waterproof clothes. I will definitely go back to this trail again soon.

hiking
19 days ago

Amazing trail and amazing view! The scenery on this trail changes so dramatically each mile its phenomenal! We completed this hike in 5 hours and 20 mins, my husband, 9 year old son and I.

We did see a single white mountain goat.

hiking
19 days ago

Very difficult hike. Think it’s closer to 4400 ft of climbing in 4.5 miles to the summit. Incredible views once above the tree line.

Despite the description and highly rated reviews; do not bother with this trail in snow season. Visited 12/26/18 and I’ll tell you why.

The state park is managed annually by permit only in lieu of entry fees...meaning during snow season from November-April a discover pass will not allow you access to any of the trails in the park. During these months you must purchase a snow-park pass even if you have a discover pass.

The funds for the discover pass and snow park pass are two separate pools of money and do not go to the same agency...your snow park pass essentially pays for groomed roads and trails during the snow season.

With that being said all trails departing from Selkirk lodge are for Nordic/backcountry skiing only; snow shoeing nor hiking is allowed. We learned the hard way; backcountry skiers take that sh#t serious!

Lesson learned if going to Mt. Spokane in the snow season all trails south of Selkirk lodge are inaccessible via foot traffic. All backcountry trails, single track, snowmobile trails north of the lodge are fair game via foot, snowmobile or snow shoe.

I’ll review again after snow season. Hope this helps my fellow peeps.

Happy Trails :)

The trail was enveloped in clouds and mist. About an inch of snow fell the previous day. The trees were spectacularly coated in hoar, which dazzled is at every turn. The trail. Was in great shape and we covered the distance out in about two hours. There was about ten inches of snow at the top significantly more than the scant inch or two at the bottom. With the sun setting at 4:00 we didn’t delay, and began our decent, reaching out car at about 3:45. Truly a beautiful Christmas eve hike. ,

Beautiful hike. Very long and very steep. The waterfall was tiny, but overall it was beautiful!!! Will definitely go on this hike again.

Great terrain, trails well groomed. December was muddy, and Mozzi and I got good rain and a little gusty winds too. We went to test some new gear, so these were the conditions we were looking for... The hike itself is pretty easy with lots of switchbacks, no major technical terrain either. There are some steep spots on the way back so be thoughtful of that. This is a perfect pair of trails for that quick 45 min to hour and a half hike, you can go up to lost man, or just hit the scenic loop and be on your way. From Spokane and back, it was a four hour trip. Totally doable

snowshoeing
1 month ago

One of favorite alpine lakes. It made for one epic snowshoe. Be prepared for technical shoeing, cold conditions and predators.

Easy to get to. Great scenery. Less than an hour walk.

Perfect 2 hour hike with great views

Fun trail close to town. It's pretty steep, but the scenery at the top is nice. Some bouldering near the old lookout tower is a nice change of pace

This trail was definitely beautiful the view was unfortunately covered in fog. Went on 11/25 and the higher we got, the more snow there was half way there was a foot of snow on the trail and fog as thick as seeing 5ft in front of you. It would have been absolutely gorgeous and I would of gave it five stars if the fog hadn’t covered our views.

Gps takes you the wrong path. A park ranger told us how to get to the peak. If you go by gps it takes you to a mud/rock road full of potholes and a big puddle we couldn’t cross and came back I think it was when gps told us to turn right that took us off track. The real road to the trail is also an unofficial road but at least it has less potholes and its easier to drive in.

1 month ago

Hiked 2 days ago. A few inches of snow was on trail for the last mile or so to the summit. I had yak trax just in case but didn’t need them The rest had icy spots & frost. No problem getting to trailhead or driving on Forest road with my Honda CR-V. Chilco is one of my favorite trails in the area!

The view from the top is nice. This is very easy hike if you just hike the Mineral Ridge Trail and very popular. For a longer hike, take the Wilson Trail which turns into the Lost Man Trail. When you arrive at the switchback on the forest service road, you can go to the right which takes you back down the Ridge. There's also many other trail options on the forest service road.

Easy hike to the top views. Absolutely beautiful. Saw an Eagle at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked the loop counterclockwise. We much preferred this direction because it got the straight, steep section out of the way at the beginning. Even this early in the winter spikes were necessary on the section between the cabin and the cedar grove. Great hike -love doing this one every year.

Went in early November, it was wet but very doable. We did the whole loop. This time of year it wasn’t crowded at all, and it was really nice. I’d heard about this hike for years, but never went. I’m so glad that I finally did!!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. moderate is a fair rating based on a regular hiker. Good elevation gain but short distance. Good payoff for moderate effort. Both lower and and upper seemed to have nice campsites. No snow as of 10/24. Noticed the time changed to Mountain on our phones between lower and upper. Bringing the fishing pole next year.

hiking
2 months ago

Moderate wouldn't be the best way to describe this hike. There is a lot of different terrain which keeps it fun but theres a large area of rocky terrain that can be challenging to walk up (even though there is a slight path created) especially after fast incline with shakey legs! it is beautiful but bring spikes just in case anytime after October as it can get icy on a very narrow trail just at the top. One of the most beautiful and serene hikes I've done. Dogs should be leashed ALWAYS but on this trail we saw some un leashed dogs and it could be very dangerous for even well behaved pups.

My husband and I set out to hike a couple of miles, and ended up hiking the entire 8.7 miles. Beautiful day, nice maintained trail. Will definitely go again.

2 months ago

10/27 - no snow on the trail or surrounding peaks. Well maintained and no obstructions on main route. Circumnavigation of the lake is possible but not well marked; steep, muddy and poor footing in places. The drive out through Murray and along the river was beautiful. Plan enough time for breakfast at Snake Pit or lunch and beers in Wallace.

Very steep hike and the trail is well maintained. The top section thru the shale rock is challenging but rewarded with an unobstructed 360 view at the top.

Great views up top and trail was well maintained.

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