Iller Creek Conservation Area Trail is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Spokane, Washington that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,230 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

snow

Iller Creek Conservation Area consists of trails on approximately 900 acres. Offers several different trails which lead to some beautiful views of Spokane and Spokane Valley.

1 day ago

fun for an easy afternoon hike

hiking
1 day ago

This is a great trail in the Spring or Fall. If you start along the creek it is shady and the incline is gradual. Definately take the south loop to see Rocks of Sharon and views of the Palouse. The east rim offers more sunshine and views of the Spokane Valley and beyond.

hiking
1 month ago

Pros: Close to Spokane, gradual incline, leads to impressive vistas at Rocks of Sharon area, good for trail running Cons: Not very challenging, can be dry and hot in summer,
A friend and I did this route late in the evening in early Sep. 2018. The actual hike itself is pretty easy, and the access road is very well marked and paved. The trail ascends parallel to the creek of its namesake for a ways, then breaks out into some short switchbacks, then you follow a ridge towards the Rocks of Sharon area, which offers some impressive vistas of the land where the forest meets the Palouse of Washington. We managed to watch the sunset from here, then followed the continuation of the loop , using headlamps, through scrub brush back to the trailhead. This would be an ideal trail for trail running, and/or an alternate access to Rocks of Sharon that is closer to Spokane. For someone looking for a spectacular trail with significant ascent, this does not offer that.
3/5 stars

hiking
1 month ago

My go-to hike in Spokane. Great trail. Not too far from town. Short enough to do after work in the summers. Great views of both the Palouse and Spokane. Couldn’t ask for more!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike- yes- lots of bees! Will do it again soon!

2 months ago

Very beautiful views around the top loop and is a decent place to stop if you have kids for lunch. I didn't see any large animals but did notice deer and bear scat. The left trail entrance has more sun exposure than the right trailhead entrance so if you are going in the heat of the day the right side would be better. It's a steady incline all the way up and steady decline down. It's safe for kids; no drop offs and my 4 year old did it with ease. There's no bathrooms but a portable restroom at trailhead.

walking
2 months ago

Nice hike
Lots of bees near the water on the west side of the trail

hiking
2 months ago

amazing views! took the shortcut 3/4 the way to the top and ended about 3.5 miles round trip. a little dusty on the way back and exposed, but majority of the hike is covered pines and other foliage.

2 months ago

I recommend starting on the right side of the main entrance to the trail, which offers the shadier portion of the loop and the best views on the way down. You’re surrounded by lush forest during the first part of the loop, and it’s very peaceful with only the humming of the bees to break the silence. As a heads up, there are a LOT of bees on this trail and unfortunately I didn’t have any bug spray either so it was a tad bothersome for me. There were quite a few moderate inclines and it was pretty much incline the whole way up. Prepare to huff and puff at a few parts, but you’ll have a great workout.

I finished the shorter loop (left at the next signage) instead of heading up towards the right towards Big Rock. Soon I was in a flattened area of forest, which was a lovely respite from my uphill workout. This part made the whole hike worth it. Amazing views of the city and the open sky. The rest of the way was downhill without any shading. This side would be more difficult to climb up on a sunny day.

Overall, I would do this again for the amazing views and maybe check to out the longer trail. Bring water and bug spray!

hiking
2 months ago

Iller Creek has become increasingly popular over the last few years and it's understandable why. In a mere five miles you'll follow a trail that begins in thick, lush forest along the creek, then opens into views and multitudes of wildflowers, then the Rocks of Sharon with views across the Palouse. Old abandoned cars appear out of nowhere (seriously though...how did they get up there?!) and as you head back down the landscape changes again to one like you'd find in a western desert with views of the Spokane Valley. Keep an eye out for wildlife. I've encountered a moose, porcupine and many different birds on the trail. Every season brings something different to the Iller Creek Trail - give it a shot in the winter with your snowshoes!

A must-do if you live in the Spokane area.

hiking
3 months ago

I actually parked at the south trailhead for "Stevens Creek" trail off of Stevens Creek Road. Hiked a little under a mile to "Big Rock" and enjoyed the views of the Palouse to the South and Spokane Valley to the North. From where the Stevens Creek Trail meets the Iller Creek Loop at the top I recommend going down on the East (right) loop, as it is more exposed and steep, and then up on the West (left) loop, as it is shaded and less steep. Iller Creek Trailhead shown here is another access point to the "Rocks of Sharon" and Stevens Creek Trail. Good trail for dogs, there is a creek along the west loop.

hiking
3 months ago

I went on the right trail and enjoyed the shade. The trail was a gradual incline so was a good workout for me on a beautiful trail.

3 months ago

This trail is so beautiful. There are a lot of different types of wild flower. It was very easy to hike.

3 months ago

The wife and I had a great time hiking this path definitely a great path for beginners. We hiked for about 3 hrs climbed lots of rocks, and the views were amazing. A must see!

3 months ago

A great trail near town with nice views of both the Spokane Valley from the Iller Creek side, and of the Palouse from near Rocks of Sharon on the Stevens Creek side.
If coming from Iller Creek Trailhead, the trail to the right (western side) of the trail will provide you shade and a more gradual elevation gain, while the trail that heads off to the left (the more eastern side) is steeper and more exposed. Keep that in mind as you assess the season, the temperatures, and time of day.

This trail is also used by mountain bikers. It is heavily trafficked.

trail running
4 months ago

This is a great trail running loop.

trail running
4 months ago

One the best trails we’ve been on. Great inclines, gets the heart pumping. Loved it

rock climbing
4 months ago

Amazing loop with great bouldering and technical climbing options!

4 months ago

Fun hike! Bring the bug spray and be ready for some moderate uphill.

4 months ago

first hike of the year! some great views. great workout!

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike! We went counterclockwise... the trail starts off shaded and has a bit of an incline for around a mile. Once you make it around the loop and start the descent back, there aren’t many trees so you get a great view of Spokane and Dishman hills. So green and beautiful this time of year!

4 months ago

Beautiful trail, with dense foliage down below and tree lined meadows at higher elevation.

hiking
4 months ago

Would definitely rate this trail as moderate if you go to the top. Nice shady areas kept me cool even in the heat of the day. It is easy to stay on the trail if you just stay on the wider trail. lol. Lots of mosquitoes. I wish I had taken bug spray.

4 months ago

I enjoyed this hike a lot! Little muddy on one side but definitely a hike I will do again!

hiking
5 months ago

I hiked up to the first crest going counter-clockwise, then turned around. This trail is beautiful and pretty well kept. Very steep in places. It was very muddy (but that was my own fault for going while it was raining). A few tiny streams to jump over. Mosquitoes are a little out of control, ended up with two arms full of bites, so make sure you pack bug spray.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike. Nice stream along the route for my dog to cool off. Little to many people along the way for my liking. But it was the first sunny and enjoyable weekend so far, and Mothers Day weekend. I will definitely go back, but try a week day.

hiking
5 months ago

A great Spokane area day hike. A little under two hours round trip. We always go counter clockwise up the heavily shaded creek. Once you get to the top the views of the Palouse are fantastic!

hiking
5 months ago

We stayed right and it was really muddy at first but once we reached the top it was sunny and beautiful the rest of the way. Would do again.

hiking
5 months ago

Wow, inclines! Great hike although we got a confused by the trail at times, a few offshoots.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful views, running water, well maintained trails. We went off the main loop and got quite the hike in! Ended up going almost 8 miles with a lot of uphill. You can make this hike difficult if you want!

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