Explore the most popular horseback riding trails in Mount Spokane State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This was a beautiful hike on a warm mother days. There was snow on the trail for the first mile but it all goes away after that. Follow all the blue triangles and you won’t lose your way. Did find some blooming poison ivy and oak close to the trail but don’t let that deter you. Also if you want to start at the bottom and climb up first and then come all downhill coming back to your car might be recommended. It was a long trek back up hill after going downhill.

hiking
8 days ago

Will return to finish so we can see the amazing views from the top! Lots of snow on this particular day but such a great trail.

have not utilized this app yet but am excited and looking forward to using it this summer

Taken the loop but found this trail by itself is not enough of a challenge for me personally I have to add onto the miles, but as all the trails on Mt Spokane there is no denying the natural Beauty and the peaceful atmosphere

There is already a fair amount of snow on this trail so be prepared. Follow signs to the lookout. The first 3/4 is fairly uneventful and easy, the last 1/4 feels like Narnia because you’re in a narrow path with low hanging branches and snow everywhere. Pretty beautiful!

Can't believe we've never done this hike, instantly one of my favorite local hikes! Gorgeous views on top of all 4 local lakes (Spirit, Hauser, Newman and Liberty). Must do again! Well marked Trails, maps to help, great hike!

The views are worth it.

trail running
8 months ago

Great for trail running! Hiked up, ran down. Time was limited so hoping to do the full loop soon.

hiking
8 months ago

Great view

This was the closest route for my hike to connect with, though I didn't do the entire 12.9 mile route. My hike was an enjoyable 7.7 mile loop to Mt. Kit Carson, not on to Day Mountain. There are starting points closer and farther from the destinations depending on how much time and energy you have.

hiking
8 months ago

This is a great hike for breaking in your new hikers. Pretty view at the top and lots of huckleberries right next to the trail!

Took the trail with or two toddlers in backpacks and had a great time! Next time will bring the dog. The trail detoured a little from the map due to downed trees but it was very clearly marked. The lookout at the peak is beautiful! Lots of people out picking huckleberries. Go early, the walk back was not very shady and got hot!

Fun hike. Nice trail. My son is 4 years old and did the whole thing himself! He was very excited to reach the top! We got a few huckleberries, they weren't quite ripe yet. Lots of green ones tho! We will come back! And they sprayed for bugs!

Nice walk trail is well maintained and great view at the top!

great hike, not challenging enough to be rated hard, except first half mile steep. Well maintained and on double track road most of the miles.

hiking
10 months ago

Second time in Mt Spokane State Park, this time to do a couple short hikes, including this one. I didn't find it super challenging. Not a ton of views along the way, but the view by the lookout tower is great. Felt a bit like invading territory since a family was renting the tower. I didn't go up on the lookout, of course, but the view around the corner is satisfaction enough.

Did this at 7AM on Sunday and I was the only one parked at TH and on the trail the whole 80 minutes the hike took. Views from the summit are excellent. Trail was very good and obvious the whole way. Bug spray still is recommended for flies.

Was here a few weeks ago when some snow was still up there. Was a nice, easy moderate difficulty hike. Even with length, this is perfectly doable and don't let the hard rating scare you. Beautiful peaks! Some great diversity in the trail. Meadows, melting snow, mud, rocky lookouts, rolling hills. If you want to add some additional mileage to this trail, trek up to mount Spokane and back!

Beautiful trail with creek crossing bridges! A few steep inclines that make you sweat!

Beautiful trail with a little bit of snow at the top. Few down trees to cross over and a few spots on the trail that still has snow on it. The hardest part is going back up especially for me since I had extra weight with my son in his backpack carrier.

Simple, easy, wide (20ft) paths with vibrant trail markers. Views of both sides of the mountain. Long stretches with a view of the south side, especially.

Vegetation was sparse but with a wide variety. More bird calls in the morning than evening.

Bug spray may be a necessity, as insects were rampant-- giant bees, flies, aphids, wouldn't leave us alone. No mosquitoes. The butterflies fluttered around the blooming wildflowers.

Drive was hard on the car, and some roads were 1-car only. Paths were popular, but only saw a group every half hour or so.

Also, the camp sites had new(?) bathrooms with well maintained permanent structures (benches, fire pits, trails).

trail running
11 months ago

Love this place

Take bug spray, better on a hotday as it is cool at higher elevation. We went in mid June and found ocassional snow piles. Very easy and wide paths. Pretty but expect to find loads of hungry bugs. Not bad by any means and very pretty.

trail running
11 months ago

Definitely a good workout and beautiful scenery

We had spectacular views all around. Sort of a difficult hike as it is a constant uphill climb, and toward the end it feels like it will never end. Great hike though!

I recorded a track of my adventure, but DON'T FOLLOW MINE. I wandered down a few paths that disappeared into nothing, and I ended up bushwhacking a bit to find my way back to the main trail. A few spots along the author's original route were also super muddy and slippery downhills (probably will dry out later in the summer), so I tried to avoid those if possible. Overall I enjoyed the hike, mainly because I was looking for a longer than average and a physical challenge. I can't say there are loads of awesome views, but the few good ones make up for the lack of constant mediocre ones. Kit Carson was probably the highlight.

The views from the Lookout are awesome the trail getting there is in rough shape after winter with a lot of downed trees but it is doable and worth the extra work I had a great.time my dog did to with the little extra work out.

The hike was beautiful. We went to watch the sunset. Couldn't of asked for a better hike

I parked at the Lower Loop parking lot and the trailhead starts on the Carson Loop trail, which is a dirt road in the trees. Hiked up route 110 to a beautiful log cabin at the top, and down 140 back to Carson Loop track. About 5 miles total. Great trails, signs and maps at every intersection, and lots of picnic tables along the way. I went on Memorial weekend and there was a bit of navigable snow at the top. $10 daily parking fee if you don't have a discovery pass. Trails are mostly shaded in the trees, nice elevation gain, didn't have any big problems until I stopped at the top for lunch.

Sure glad I had my trekking poles today as we got up to the higher parts we hit a lot of snow it was a couple feet deep in some areas. The trail is pretty well marked thankfully being it was buried for a lot of it between the two peaks. Theres a few places with downed trees but easily passable most of the trial is in great shape. This hike is a calorie burner for sure I think trekking through the snow added to it a little. I had a great time except for when a grouse startled the living heck out of me and my heart missed a beat or two Good Times!!! Really great views at the tops well worth the effort don't forget your bug spray and plenty of water.

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