Day Mountain and Mount Kit Carson Trail

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Mount Spokane State Park

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.

Length12.9 miElevation gain2,598 ftRoute typeLoop
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The Discover Pass is required for vehicular entrance to this park. An Annual Pass costs $30 and a Day Pass is $10. 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.

The official WA State Park page for Mt. Spokane http://www.parks.wa.gov/parks/?selectedpark=mount%20spokane Washington State Discover Pass http://www.discoverpass.wa.gov/ Official WA State Park maps for Mt. Spokane - recommended to print and take along http://www.parks.wa.gov/parks/?selectedpark=mount%20spokane&subject=maps Friends of Mt. Spokane State Park has updated .pdf maps on their home page. http://www.mountspokane.org/ Access Permits at Mt. Spokane (.pdf) - A Washington Discovery Pass required. http://www.mountspokane.org/images/MtSpokaneAccessPermits.pdf

- Make sure you are in shape for this and wear proper equipment. Shoes or hiking boots that will not give you blisters. Liner socks - I like the one's that look like gloves. A trekking pole (or a set) does assist on the uphills - and is also good on tired legs coming back down. Especially the last 3 miles, all downhill, with the last 1/2 mile having a really steep drop. - Warning: you will consume more water than what you expect, bring extra!!! - FYI - As all trails on Mt. Spokane, this is leashed dogs only. There is a $75 fine. I have run across moose, sure glad the dog was leashed. Don't need him pissing off a moose. You probably don't want to know the fine and potential jail time penalties for you dog chasing wildlife.

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Ian Woodburn
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Def need snoeshoes had to turn around

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Kole Smith
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It’s a fun one! But beware, it is longgg! Was able to find some huckleberries on my way down. As others have mentioned, I recommend having the “pro” version of this app for this hike. Most of it is out of service, so if you want to record your hike, you will have to download the map.

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Travis Bonwell
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This was an absolutely beautiful hike! However, there is still alot of snow and muddy water on the trails (5/11/2020), so make sure to bring boots. I tried getting to Mt. Spokane summit as well, however even tho it was 65° at the bottom, it was still freezing cold up top. make sure to download maps and keep an eye out for the blue diamonds on the trees to guide you through several snow covered parts.

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Judy Strickler
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Awesome!

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Ladd Bjorneby
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This is my annual Fourth of July hike, and a partly cloudy day made it just right. The views at the summit of Mount Kit Carson and the north end of Day Mountain are spectacular, fifty miles of mountains and farmland and hills fading to pale blue. There are meadows of wildflowers and a variety of trees. I used lemon eucalyptus bug spray and had no problems. I do the upper portion of this hike.

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Karen Trampush
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The morning started out pretty nice. Then we began noticing more and more horseflies. We found two huge piles of fresh horse manure on the trail and sure enough...we were bombarded by horseflies. We will try to find another trail.

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Johnathan Hedges
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Beautiful trail something new to see every step of the way. The summit is absolutely breathtaking. I did the hike with my wife in about 6 hours. we started at around noon it was 60 degrees beautiful weather ran into some heavy rain at the top felt amazing though. There were hardly any bugs saw lots of deer prints and a couple big bear paw prints biggest animal we saw was a chipmunk. Overall and amazing hike really works those legs if you do the whole 12.9 miles.

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Anna Pritchard
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Great hike! Steep for the first .5 miles, steady incline for the most part after that. Took me 4 hours 15 min (2 hours to Day Mountain lookout, 30 min to Mt. Kit Carson, then the rest down) . Really well marked, only part I almost goofed at was the turn off to go to Day Mountain peak after following Kit Carson road, DON'T follow trail 130. I did it from 8:00 - 12:30, in early fall, saw almost nobody on the trail!

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Tessa Lake
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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.

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Patricia Ellis
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Great walk!

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Julia Presnail
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The views are worth it.

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PhLo M
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Hiking

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.

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Stephenie Hines
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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.

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Chris Trahan
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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!

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Bill Grace
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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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Eric Brosvik
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Anne Christensen
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Nikki Ziegler
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Allen Simpson
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Mike Clinesmith
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Judi R
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Stephanie Schmit
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Betty N
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Tara Cornwell
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Jason Davis
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Brendan Greene
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Nate Larmore
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