Explore the most popular walking 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.

Pretty hike, I know it says moderate, but be cautious that there are A LOT of hills and steep inclines, which can be hard on a lot of people. Also beware there are areas where you’re brushing up against a lot of plant life, so make sure to spray yourself with bug repellent. I would 100% agree with one of the other reviewers, PARK DOWN AT THE BOTTOM OF THE TRAIL AND THEN HIKE UP!!! I wish we would’ve known that, the hike was pretty, yet exhausting, especially when we turned around (“out and back”) and headed back the way we started, such steep inclines. Had we started from the bottom and went up, sure we would’ve still had to go up all the inclines, but at least the second half of our hike would’ve been much more enjoyable. There are beautiful streams that run through there. If you’re looking for there to be a destination (I.e. an outlook, a river/lake, somewhere to relax) at the end of the trail don’t expect it from a lot of these trails, they lead to roads at the beginning and end points. There aren’t any outhouses/bathrooms on the trails, which we knew but I just wanted to advise anyone else who may expect outhouses along the way. We passed quite a few people or groups, but we weren’t stuck with other folks during the hike. Overall, it wasn’t bad, very pretty!

The very beginning of this trail is the steepest! A nice workout for the first half mile or so and then it becomes more moderate. You'll pass a building on the left hand side where you can purchase a Discover Pass if you need one - $10/day or $30/year. The trail head is just a couple minutes past that center. There is a bathroom at the trail head. There was no signal for a while so if you're following the All Trails map, best to download before hand. There were a few times we checked to make sure we chose the right path but for the most part the trails are clearly marked. We came across 3 or 4 portapotties along the hike - mostly in the first 4 miles or so. We went to Mt. Kit Carson first and then Day Mountain. We preferred the view at Kit Carson a little better but the peak at Day Mountain was quieter and more peaceful. We had a nice picnic there and found a nice flat rock to sit. One part of the trail was a wide dirt road but the rest was quite lush and fun to walk. There's also a beautiful meadow. Really nice choice for a day hike - came out to about 12 miles.

Beautiful and had a lot of shade. You also get to choose how difficult of a hike you would like by choosing different paths that lead to the same places!

Great short trail, with nice views and wild flowers.Memorial day weekend, Summit Rd was closed so we had to walk up hill 1.2 miles before we got to the trail head. The CCC cabin was cool.

Was still quite snowy in May, but absolutely gorgeous. Moderate hike, a few inclines but overall great! The top was absolutely breathtaking, showing lakes and mountain ranges.
Totally awesome!

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.

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

The experience are different each time I take the hike always rewarding and satisfying

Incredible drive with views at top. This is a drive with a scenic end. It is not a hike or a walk as indicated in the activities list.

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
9 months ago

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

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.

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
11 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.

hiking
11 months ago

Mt. Spokane is not one for remote hikers and mountaineers. Everywhere you can hike, you can also drive, and at the top you have unsightly towers and utility buildings. However, with an open mind there is much to enjoy here. With imagination you can pretend you are not close to paved roads along this trail because they are not visible. In fact, the route passes through very beautiful alpine scenery (though not quite the norm since it's below the treeline). The Bald Knob parking lot is open in the summer, so anyone can drive up and experience beauty that normally takes a backpacking trip and a difficult climb to see. Since it's so close to Spokane, this aspect alone makes Mt. Spokane - and particularly this section of trail - a worthwhile visit.

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.

trail running
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Definitely a good workout and beautiful scenery

hiking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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!

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

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.

hiking
Friday, June 09, 2017

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.

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.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Walking on a road the whole time & unfortunately lookout was closed & views were lost in fog.

hiking
Friday, November 18, 2016

Love this trail! A beautiful view from the lookout. Was quite windy but there was a sheltered area from the wind.

Also, hiked in the morning and loved the cloud cover/fog floating through the trees.

Would highly recommend!

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