Beacon Hill Loop from Shields Park Trailhead

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John C. Shields Park

Beacon Hill Loop from Shields Park Trailhead is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Spokane, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.8 miElevation gain682 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingMountain bikingRunningForestViewswild-flowersWildlife
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Sharon Gerving
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Hiking

Much better maintained than last year when we hiked it. There were many nice trail markers and once you got away from the parking lot, no trash.

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Hannah Urrutia
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Hiking

Trail was beautiful. I would recommend downloading map since there are so many trails crossing each other ther it’s hard to follow. I would definitely go back to explore more though. Nice little hike in town.

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ProfoundSilence Photography
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HikingIcy

A bit icy at the top but a nice hike. Only a couple bikes on the trail.

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Brandon Johnson
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Treva Patterson
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Hiking

Nice walk to get some fresh air. I’m not familiar with the area and I had a really hard time finding my way so I spent nearly the whole walk following the AllTrails app so I didn’t get lost as there’s loads of trails and not many signs. Easy access nice walk though.

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Jason Miller
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Hiking

Really cool and diverse area for all sorts of activities. Hiking, mountain biking. and rock climbing. The first part of this is not well marked at all, hence the 4 stars.

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Michael Wind
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Lots of different trails to choose from. you would never get bored.

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Benjamin Anderson
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Good, but not enough trail markings at splits. There’s a lot of splits

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C C
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Hiking

stay away

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Carrie Pearson
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HikingRocky

Easy to get turned around and off course if you aren’t following the map closely. There are a lot of trails intersecting. Otherwise very beautiful trail!

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Emma Barbee
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Caitlin Anne
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HikingRocky

Lots of trails to share with mountain bikers. Lower part is shady and nice, upper part has less cover and is hot. Some broken glass and graffiti but not as much as I expected based on other reviews, and even then, only close to the bottom. Peaceful, not crowded at all. Some steep spots both up and down. As someone with sub-standard balance, I wish I had brought my hiking poles.

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Michael Cioffi
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Hiking

So badass!

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Amber Nichols
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HikingMuddy

the trails are a little confusing. we ended up hopping from one park to the other and not knowing it.

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Jenelle Poole
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Lyn-Heather Bell
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Jennifer DAmour
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HikingOff trail

Great

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Lyn-Heather Bell
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HikingRocky

A good hike with lots of trails but a lot of graffiti and homeless litter too.

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Lyn-Heather Bell
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Hiking

Loads of trails, but caution: it’s very popular with cyclists. Some homeless camps and a lot of trash in some places. Keep your map on as it’s easy to get lost.

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Marcie Eastwood
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Hiking

Agree with other reviews: Lots of trail offshoots, trail not well marked, graffiti, glass. That being said, there were some nice views & the uphill first half definitely gets the heart going.

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Cheyeanne Murphy
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Hiking

broken glass everywhere

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Tyrrell Johnson
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Hiking

Good hiking trail. Very easy to get lost if you don't have the map downloaded... luckily I have friends in high places EE. Over all I was able to accomplish my goals of getting in a good workout

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Matt & Bridget
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Hiking

confusing

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Brendon McMahon
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Beacon Hill has extensive single track for mountain biking. Still a worthwhile and mostly easy, quick hike that gives you a 360 degree view of greater Spokane.

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Jason Davis
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Running

Flowers all blooming. Smells great!

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Benjamin Turner
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Hiking

Great, convenient spot for training to do real mountain hikes and climbs. Too much litter, graffiti, and too many splits to recommend it for anything but training or watching Felts Field. I run it with a 30lb pack for endurance, and climb rocks here and there, but people ruin the nature aspect.

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Tom VDG
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Mountain biking

There was a lot of climbing involved, I would do it again but after going up once I was too tired, so I went home...do not recommend if it is your first time on a mountain bike trail.

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Karen Salmon
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Rock climbing

I'm sure this is a lovely hike but there were far too many signs of unscrupulous questionable activity. We hiked 10 minutes, listened to our gut and turned around.

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PhLo M
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Hiking

There isn't anything official about this loop route. It's somewhat arbitrary among hundreds of trail splits that could also turn into loops. It's hard to follow because there are so many options. But I rarely concern myself with following a loop anyway since I like to explore. This area is so-so, but not amazing for hiking. It's probably more fun on a mountain bike. There are simply too many trails with nearly paths. Really, you can't ride/walk 3 feet to an intersection, so you make 2 or 3 new trails to cut the corner? And instead of picking a side of a tree (left or right), the trail goes around both sides! Toooo many! But I enjoy getting out just about anywhere, so I rarely give terribly low ratings unless some catastrophe happened that ruined my day (hasn't happened yet). Oh, almost forgot to mention I encountered a skunk! I didn't realize they walk so slow until now. It claimed the trail and didn't even budge when it saw me coming. Yeah, it owned the place, and I had to bushwhack to get around it.

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