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1 day ago

great, easy access from downtown. the main trail is designed to by about 75% wheelchair accessible.

Very beautiful views around the top loop and is a decent place to stop if you have kids for lunch. I didn't see any large animals but did notice deer and bear scat. The left trail entrance has more sun exposure than the right trailhead entrance so if you are going in the heat of the day the right side would be better. It's a steady incline all the way up and steady decline down. It's safe for kids; no drop offs and my 4 year old did it with ease. There's no bathrooms but a portable restroom at trailhead.

Nice hike
Lots of bees near the water on the west side of the trail

Very fun. New sights around every corner. Great semi-private beaches to take a dip at. Love this hike.

walking
10 days ago

Excellent way to spend an afternoon. Crowded but still fun.

amazing views! took the shortcut 3/4 the way to the top and ended about 3.5 miles round trip. a little dusty on the way back and exposed, but majority of the hike is covered pines and other foliage.

trail running
13 days ago

Beautiful trail. Busy after 9:00 in the morning. Well maintained trail. Would be a nice stroll around the island for walking as well.

I have done this trail multiple times, but I admit that the first time I was somewhat let down by the waterfall you experience about 1/2 of the way through, as it was more a cascade than a admirable falls. That being said, this trail is very pleasant, and long, but for the most part is accessible by a variety of walkers/hikers/runners. There are some switchback climbs in the middle part, so if one is fatigued already, this might present a challenge, but an advantage is that this trail is mostly shaded, and fallows a creek for the first (or last 1/3) , depending on where you start. This trail can be deceptive, as its accessibility can disguise how long it takes to complete it. A friend and I ended up doing the last 1/3 of the gradual descent in the dark in Oct of 2016, as we mis judged the level of daylight we had. Another thing to watch for is the beginning area is surrounded by swampy wetlands, and your feet may become quite wet trying to traverse it, even on marked trails. Overall, a great family hike, easily accessible by car.

Went with a good friend today. It's weird I've never done the whole loop before. Lots of people, but great up and down with some climbs. Really fun.

I recommend starting on the right side of the main entrance to the trail, which offers the shadier portion of the loop and the best views on the way down. You’re surrounded by lush forest during the first part of the loop, and it’s very peaceful with only the humming of the bees to break the silence. As a heads up, there are a LOT of bees on this trail and unfortunately I didn’t have any bug spray either so it was a tad bothersome for me. There were quite a few moderate inclines and it was pretty much incline the whole way up. Prepare to huff and puff at a few parts, but you’ll have a great workout.

I finished the shorter loop (left at the next signage) instead of heading up towards the right towards Big Rock. Soon I was in a flattened area of forest, which was a lovely respite from my uphill workout. This part made the whole hike worth it. Amazing views of the city and the open sky. The rest of the way was downhill without any shading. This side would be more difficult to climb up on a sunny day.

Overall, I would do this again for the amazing views and maybe check to out the longer trail. Bring water and bug spray!

hiking
18 days ago

Great easy trail for all ages! Usually pretty crowded during the day but still a great mellow hike with amazing views of Lake CDA.

hiking
21 days ago

I park in the SnoPark lot at the intersection of Mount Spokane Park Drive and N Summit Rd. From there, cross the road to the Trail 131 trailhead. Follow 131 to the Bald Knob Picnic Area and head toward the road on the other side. Cross that portion of N Summit Rd and you'll see Trail 130. Follow 130 for about a mile and you'll come to the CCC Camp.

You'll want to take a moment to explore. From the stone walkway and steps leading to the cabin, to the stacked wood waiting to be burned in the fireplace inside, I almost wanted to set up camp myself.

From the CCC Camp, follow the dirt road until you see Trail 140 on your left. This is your final leg to the summit. One final push and the trail breaks into the parking lot by Chair One and the Vista House.

After taking in the setting sun and my fingers started to stop functioning from the cold, I knew I should probably head back down before dark, beings this is the only trail in my hiking history I've ever encountered a wolf on (most magical moment of my life).

I highly recommend exploring this little slice of Heaven in the summer!

Iller Creek has become increasingly popular over the last few years and it's understandable why. In a mere five miles you'll follow a trail that begins in thick, lush forest along the creek, then opens into views and multitudes of wildflowers, then the Rocks of Sharon with views across the Palouse. Old abandoned cars appear out of nowhere (seriously though...how did they get up there?!) and as you head back down the landscape changes again to one like you'd find in a western desert with views of the Spokane Valley. Keep an eye out for wildlife. I've encountered a moose, porcupine and many different birds on the trail. Every season brings something different to the Iller Creek Trail - give it a shot in the winter with your snowshoes!

A must-do if you live in the Spokane area.

Sometime in JUN JUL 18 this trail was decimated. Appears Mt SPOKANE Ski resort has added several new ski runs on that side of the mountain. If switchbacking turn after turn in very recent clear cuts. huge swaths down that side of the mountain then this your hell on earth. Concrete poured for the lifts. Bicycles have turned this into a talc like dust bowl. Views? You betcha cause all those ancient old growth trees are gone. If you’re a skier rejoice. Bikers should have it to themselves cause nobody in their right mind would waste time hiking here anymore. Gave 2 stars cause it’s close to the house. Be interesting to see how cougar deal with all this loss of habitat.

Took this with friends and family. Very well maintained and beautiful trail. Youngest member of our group was 5 and made it well.

great little hike. nice shade, and well groomed. definitely hike again.

1 month ago

Very fun and simple!

excellent trail. shaded for the most part. We went counter clockwise around the loop and it was great.

hiking
1 month ago

June - Late Spring \ Early Summer

This loop trail offers some scenic views and solitude if your willing to go the full 8 miles. At a decent pace with no stops, we were able to hike the whole loop in about 3 hours.

The beginning of the trail doesn’t offer much other than some easy trail along a creek. After going deeper though the trail shows off a bit more with some dense groves and a beautiful rock slide waterfall at about the halfway point.

There is some elevation gain so prepare for a few switchbacks, but nothing too strenuous.

The trail is mostly shaded by the surrounding forest, so there is plenty of shade throughout. There are also multiple creeks for your dog companions to drink and wet their feet in.

For those looking for a longer or more epic hike, there is a branching trail around the halfway point that leads to a peak.

There is a nice large parking spot that fits multiple vehicles, but a $2 fee per person is required.

Overall a pretty hike that’s worth doing again if you are willing to go the whole 8 miles.

Clean, well-kept, and challenging. We did the full loop... clockwise... which seemed to be the wise choice as there were some long, steep grades along the horse side of the trail that, while difficult to descend, would have been much more difficult to ascend.
Plenty of shade on a hot, 90 degree, mid-day hike. The waterfalls were pretty, but not free-falling. The cabin has been restored a couple of times, so it’s really just a tin-sided shelter. We were a bit let down, hoping it was going to be an old, rustic cabin. Still cool. It tools us nearly 3.5 hours to complete the entire 8+ mile loop.

I actually parked at the south trailhead for "Stevens Creek" trail off of Stevens Creek Road. Hiked a little under a mile to "Big Rock" and enjoyed the views of the Palouse to the South and Spokane Valley to the North. From where the Stevens Creek Trail meets the Iller Creek Loop at the top I recommend going down on the East (right) loop, as it is more exposed and steep, and then up on the West (left) loop, as it is shaded and less steep. Iller Creek Trailhead shown here is another access point to the "Rocks of Sharon" and Stevens Creek Trail. Good trail for dogs, there is a creek along the west loop.

Parked at the south trailhead for "Stevens Creek" off of Stevens Creek Road. Hiked a little under a mile to "Big Rock" and enjoyed the views of the Palouse to the South and Spokane Valley to the North. From where the Stevens Creek Trail meets the Iller Creek Loop at the top I recommend going down on the East (right) loop, as it is more exposed and steep, and then up on the West (left) loop, as it is shaded and less steep. Iller Creek Trailhead to the North off of Dishman Mica is also an access point for the entire area. Good trail for dogs, there is a creek along the west loop.

Great hike with beautiful views in all directions. A portion of the trail goes through the forest along a creek and makes it for a nice cool—down. The rocks are obviously amazing. Bring lots of water as it gets hot this time of the year! Very dog friendly. We will be back!

beautiful trail!

I went on the right trail and enjoyed the shade. The trail was a gradual incline so was a good workout for me on a beautiful trail.

Such a wonderful hike!! We clocked in at 15 miles which took about 6 hours. Big props the person that wrote the directions for this hike!

it has some steeper inclines but was beautiful and well worth the time

This trail is so beautiful. There are a lot of different types of wild flower. It was very easy to hike.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail was very clean and well kept. I wish that there are more signs and directions to tell you where you are at or how far to the waterfall and etc. from the parking to the waterfall and back was a little over 6miles. We didn’t get to the waterfall after hiking over 3miles and we started to wonder somehow we missed it (because there are no signs at all) but we weren’t! so, it’s more than 2.5 miles to the waterfall. going is up and up so coming back is faster. it was a great hiking!! nice view and pretty flowers :)

hiking
1 month ago

I love this trail..

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