Day Mountain and Mount Kit Carson Trail

HARD 7 reviews
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Day Mountain and Mount Kit Carson Trail is a 12.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mead, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
12.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2956 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This guide is rated difficult simply because of its elevation variation and total distance. It is a fun hike, takes you through several fauna zones of the mountain. All different type of trail surfaces, and overall tests your hiking abilities. Day Mountain peak is also one of the nicest places in Mt. Spokane State Park, a great place to stop for lunch. - Mt. Spokane is a fee area, a Washington State Parks Discover Pass is required - $30 annual or $10 for single day use. The State Parks no longer receive any of your tax dollars, their operations are financed by fees. This includes just driving into the parks, for example to drive to the top of Mt. Spokane. There is a $99 fine for not having a Discover Pass.

trail running
10 days ago

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

hiking
26 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

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.

2 months ago

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
2 months ago

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!

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago