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    Sara Jean reviewed Bear Creek Overlook Trail

    33 minutes ago

    Note: Don’t make the mistake I did assuming the trail begins beyond the barrier at the end of the road. My pup and I followed through the snow until it dead-ended l, leaving us in shade, ice and surrounded by what appeared to be the fresh tracks of a very large wild animal.

    The actual trailhead looks almost like a game trail up the side of the hill behind all the parked cars you’ll encounter at the end of the road (be careful parking so those there before you can get by on their way back down).

    Once we figured out where we were, the trail was a beautiful collection of switchbacks making for an easy hike with a HUGE reward. The views from the top were indescribable. I wish it wouldn’t have been so busy (we had to wait our turn to navigate to the top of the rocks and the cliff for the views) but everyone was incredibly friendly and patient with one another.

    Be careful meandering around on the rocks! It’s a long way down!

    Can’t wait to experience this one again.

    Sara Jean completed Bear Creek Overlook Trail

    33 minutes ago

    Sara Jean reviewed Mickinnick Trail

    4 months ago

    Sara Jean reviewed Beehive Lakes

    4 months ago

    We clocked 7 miles even round trip. Beautiful hike with an abundance of views! Not overly crowded. In fact mid-afternoon on a Sunday and we only shared the lake with two other hikers. Bring a suit and jump in and stay awhile, you've earned a swim after that elevation gain. We weren't sure how to get to the second lake but heard/read it was a scramble over the ridge so we opted to save that experience for a day we had more time. My only advice is to watch for the cairns and follow them when granite takes over trail. They are there for a reason and will lead you right to the lake.

    Sara Jean completed Beehive Lakes

    4 months ago

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    Sara Jean reviewed Mount Kit Carson Trail

    4 months 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!

    Sara Jean completed Mount Kit Carson Trail

    4 months ago

    Sara Jean reviewed Roman Nose Lakes

    4 months ago

    Sara Jean completed Roman Nose Lakes

    4 months ago

    Sara Jean reviewed Northrup Canyon

    4 months ago

    April 2018
    My pup and I hiked seven miles to find the perfect spot for a little Ponderosa Pine to start its new life in Northrup Canyon. As an Earth Day tradition we’ll come visit it every year and plant it a new friend to keep it company. The trail was hot even in April and it was my first encounter with a Rattle Snake. In fact we saw a gopher snake and water snake as well on our hike that day.

    Keep in mind it is only 3 miles to the homestead and back. If you want to see the lake you'll have to add on another four all together for seven miles total round trip.

    Sara Jean completed Northrup Canyon

    4 months ago

    Sara Jean reviewed Steamboat Rock Trail

    4 months ago

    Completed this one winter 2017. Even with a foot of snow it was manageable for me and my little pup. The views from the top of iced over Banks Lake made any struggle we had well worth it. The deer kept us company the whole hike as well.

    Sara Jean completed Steamboat Rock Trail

    4 months ago

    Sara Jean reviewed James T. Slavin Conservation Area Loop

    4 months ago

    One word: TICKS.

    Sara Jean reviewed Knothead Valley Loop

    4 months ago

    Great hike that I wished allowed dogs! (Leave the pup at home).

    I always forget how much I love Indian Painted Rocks and Knothead. In almost seven miles you'll manage to see baby ducks, ridiculous amounts of very vocal deer, turkey, red-headed woodpecker, bald eagle and a garter snakes. Oh and every species of blood sucking bug known to man. Don't forget your bug spray friends. Definitely tackle this one at sunset. The views from the top are some of the best in Spokane as the colors reflect off the Little Spokane River.

    Sara Jean completed Knothead Valley Loop

    4 months ago

    Sara Jean reviewed Iller Creek Conservation Area Trail

    4 months ago

    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.

    Sara Jean reviewed Settlers Grove of Ancient Cedars Trail

    4 months ago

    I only clocked 2 miles so perhaps I missed something. Beware of the wasp nest, the stinging nettle and SO MANY BUGS. Otherwise pretty trail. The creek was great for the pup and the water is ICE COLD. Nothing too spectacular to note though. Would be a great trail for kiddos!

    Sara Jean reviewed Drift Creek Falls Trail

    4 months ago

    My favorite waterfall to dance beneath. Great little hike with wonderful rewards.

    Sara Jean completed Drift Creek Falls Trail

    4 months ago

    Sara Jean reviewed Scotchman Peak Trail

    4 months ago

    Hiked August 2017.

    Be prepared for some MASSIVE elevation gain. The switchbacks make it bearable but for the novice hiker be prepared...it's going to take you some time to reach the top. We decided to break at every switchback. The first couple miles lead you through dense forest and then you reach a clearing of what's called "the meadows." Here you will start dealing with the trail fading in and out of slate rock until it becomes a scramble the last half mile to the summit.

    Take a moment to enjoy the views of the surrounding Scotchman Wilderness and Lake Pend Oreille in the distance.

    A note to the wise...the mountain goats aren't only found at the summit. We started finding their fur right at the meadows and encountered a total of eight on our journey. Including a mother with her kid. Also please be respectful of these majestic creatures. This is THEIR territory you are intruding on. You are a guest in THEIR home. Do not approach them. Do not try to feed them. Do not let them lick you.

    After over four hours of strenuous hiking my Dad, my dog and I made it to the summit. All the sweat, all the leg cramps, all of it was worth it at that moment.

    Shout out to my Dad for accomplishing something he wasn't sure he could. And he KILLED that mountain. So did my little dog.

    Mr. Scotchman....thank you for the challenge.

    Sara Jean completed Scotchman Peak Trail

    4 months ago

    Sara Jean reviewed Mickinnick Trail

    4 months ago

    Sara Jean completed Mickinnick Trail

    4 months ago

    Sara Jean reviewed Snow Falls Trail #189

    4 months ago

    Great short hike with BIG rewards! My pup LOVES this hike.

    Sara Jean completed Snow Falls Trail #189

    4 months ago

    Sara Jean reviewed Eagle Creek Trail [CLOSED]

    4 months ago

    Hiked in 2016 before the fires. My favorite hike to date. Memories I'll cherish for a lifetime.

    Sara Jean completed Eagle Creek Trail [CLOSED]

    4 months ago

    Sara Jean reviewed Neahkahnie Mountain (Northern Approach)

    4 months ago

    Easily completed with a little dog in tow. Trail is well marked and the views from the top are life-altering. We got hit with a storm as we reached the summit and the wind was a bit treacherous from the top but well worth it. Watch for whales!

    Sara Jean reviewed Kamiak Butte Trail

    4 months ago

    The ridge offers 360 degree views of the Palouse and depending on the time of year you visit, the colors will shift, fade and brighten. The dry side of the butte is your typical desert...which means sun in your face and a chance to pretend it's springtime in the dead of winter. The north side of the butte has been taken over by lush forests...which means the wildlife is abundant as well.

    The first 1.5 miles take you up to the ridgeThe trail is wide and the switchbacks are easily manageable.. From here you reach that view. And you can meander the ridge about .5 miles to take in every angle.

    I managed to wander off the trail as per usual, so my hike ended up being closer to 4.5 miles, but finding a rock to sit on in the blinding sun while the pup ran through the tall grass made it worth it. I highly recommend staying for the sunset as well - just don't forget the park closes at dusk, so your hike down needs to be a bit speedy. You can return the way you came or take the back loop down to the campground.

    Sara Jean completed Kamiak Butte Trail

    4 months ago

    Sara Jean reviewed Antoine Peak via Emerald Necklace

    4 months ago

    My history with Antoine Peak is one of sheer frustration.

    1st attempt: Got lost.

    2nd attempt: Got lost again.

    3rd attempt: Got lost in a blizzard. NEVER AGAIN.

    Well, with the recent buzz about the re-vamped trail and shiny new trail markers I decided to give it a go once again. And I am so glad I did.

    Antoine Peak's conservation area covers 1,076 acres in the Spokane Valley. It's summit offers 360-degree views of the region - Liberty Lake sparkles to the south with Mount Spokane and the Selkirks towering to the north. There is no shortage of breathtaking sights on this beautiful hike.

    Early summer brings an abundance of wildflowers and candy-coated skies at sunset unparallel to other times of the year.

    The new and improved trail system offers great signage meaning getting lost should be difficult to do. It also means you can determine how far you want your hike to take you as all markers give distance and direction. My pup and I did the loop from the Brevier Road trailhead. It leads you up to the summit and down around the Emerald Necklace loop along the base of the mountain back to where you started. The sounds of nature were absolutely spectacular...until they stopped altogether and I couldn't help but remember stories of cougar sightings on the hillside.

    Don't let that stop you from visiting this beautiful trail right in our backyard though. Just be aware of your surroundings.

    Sara Jean reviewed Stevens Lakes

    4 months ago

    Don’t let the short distance fool you. This one’s a calf burner! Worth every calorie burned!

    Sara Jean completed Stevens Lakes

    4 months ago

    Sara Jean reviewed Abercrombie Mountain

    4 months ago

    What a perfect Sunday funday hiking Abercrombie Mountain north of Colville! It’s the second highest peak in Eastern Washington (by one little foot in elevation) at 7,310 feet. We saw fresh bear scat, tracks and scratches in a tree but sadly never saw our bear. I haven’t seen a view that spectacular since Scotchman Peak last summer. Highly recommended!

    Sara Jean completed Abercrombie Mountain

    4 months ago

    Sara Jean reviewed Harrison Lake Trail

    4 months ago

    Looking for an adventure? Look no farther than Harrison Lake in North Idaho. This trail is perfect for all levels of hiker, as well as dogs and kiddos. Ranked as moderate, I found the trail pretty easy aside from the final mile right before reaching the lake. With a good pair of (waterproof) hiking boots and perhaps a good set of trekking poles, the majority of the trail was very manageable. The only problem I encountered was my own...I tend to struggle with dragging my feet which was somewhat of a burden on this trail due to loose boulders and rocks just waiting for you to stub your toes on.

    But in all honesty, the Harrison Lake Trail No 217 has a bit of everything. Views of the Beehive Dome, Bottleneck Peak and Roman Nose accompany you on the slight grade uphill through the subalpine fir and spruce trees to the alpine lake a little under two and a half miles ahead. The last mile is a slight scramble up a granite face which could result in confusion with following the trail. Just look for the perfectly placed rock cairns along the way and you can't go wrong.

    You'll know you've reached the lake once you start seeing the tents scattered along the trailside. Even in the snow, we saw at least half a dozen campers setting up their sites for the weekend. Wind your way through the random boulders to the water and be sure to take pause to see the clarity of the frigid lake...something I'm sure my pup and I would have been tempted to jump into had it been later in the summer.