East Moscow Mountain

MODERATE 22 reviews

East Moscow Mountain is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Moscow, Idaho that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1010 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

bugs

This hike is on a fire road. There are a couple of turn-offs worth exploring: one of them leads to a little picnic area amongst some old cedar trees, and further on, a secluded 'meadow' of whatever foliage it is that turns a gorgeous orange-red in the fall. Once you reach the summit, you're greeted by this fantastic outcrop of granite. It's fun to climb around and pose for pictures on these friendly old rocks. Below is another 'meadow' of that lovely shrubbery... go there in the fall if you can; the colors are beautiful. Further along the summit is another rock outcrop with a magnificent view of the Palouse. There are a couple trees next to it between which someone has recently hung a swing. It's a little scary, not gonna lie, but so cool!

hiking
16 days ago

Loved this trail! The view is so so worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

The view from the top made it all worth it..breathtaking. There was a bit of snow that we had to navigate...otherwise very nice hike.

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

4 months ago

Went up there with the pup on a rainy day and it was amazing!

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike. Did it this last weekend and a bunch of snow is still up there, which is to be expected. But I do think the next person who goes up there and knows the trail to the east point lookout, should definitely mark it to share with other's! just a thought! Excited to do this hike in the spring time!

6 months ago

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9 months ago

9 months ago

It appears this track has fallen victim to logging activities. :/

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11 months ago

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Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Friday, May 27, 2016

hiking
Sunday, May 01, 2016

Rainy on the hike up but a great view once we reached the summit.
Didn't follow the red line as charted but found the towers on the summit.

Easy going on the road, with a few off-shoots to check out. Great start to the season. Easy hike with a dog!

hiking
Sunday, April 10, 2016

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Friday, July 31, 2015

One of my favorite places to go in the Palouse area. I've hiked it many times. I'm partial to the east side-- although it's not a nice 'trail' but a dirt road, the view at the top is fantastic. To get there, drive over to Troy and take a left on Big Meadow Rd, then an immediate left onto Randall Flat Rd, and after ~2 miles a right on Tamarack Ln. You'll reach a little parking area and then hike the rest of the way up the road. It's about a 900 ft climb over 2.2 miles to the top.

There are a couple of turn-offs worth exploring: one of them leads to a little picnic area amongst some old cedar trees, and further on, a secluded 'meadow' of whatever foliage it is that turns a gorgeous orange-red in the fall. Once you reach the summit, you're greeted by this fantastic outcrop of granite that I call 'the fort' or 'Weathertop.' It's fun to climb around and pose for pictures on these friendly old rocks. Below is another 'meadow' of that lovely shrubbery... go there in the fall if you can; the colors are beautiful. Further along the summit is another rock outcrop with a magnificent view of the Palouse. There are a couple trees next to it between which someone has recently hung a swing. It's a little scary, not gonna lie, but so cool!

I'm always astounded at how little traffic there is on old Moscow Mountain, being so close to two college towns. My hiking buds and I almost always had the summit to ourselves for the hour or so we hung out at the top. It's so awesome and peaceful. If you're in the area, this is a gem you've got to check out at least once. I'll be darned if you're not charmed into coming back again and again. :)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Lots of trails. Maybe too many. Got lost a little bit trying to find the east point lookout. Would go again to find it. It was very cold and snowy up there

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sunday, July 21, 2013