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Knothead Valley Loop is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nine Mile Falls, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October.

Length 6.6 mi Elevation gain 1,062 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Views Wild flowers Fee No dogs
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This trail requires a Discover Pass which is $10 for the day for $30 for the year. Go counterclockwise as the views going down from the saddle are best if looking west. This is a really nice hike with a good variety in incline and landscape. The first part of the trail is along the river and seasonally you will see wild yellow irises! Great photo opportunity. There's a tiny little bit of climbing over some rocks in the beginning but otherwise it's a clear trail which eventually meets a road you have to cross. Signage is clear and the trail is easy to follow. Around the third mile you start making your way up the hill for a beautiful view of Spokane river. There's a nice stop with rocks where you can sit and take in the view, but if you keep going a little further and venture off the trail just a bit (you'll reach the highest peak - go left off the trail) you'll get an even better view. But WATCH out for mosquitoes.

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Travis Moore
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Awesome views of nine mile area. Dismount a bit long but still beautiful.

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K Eggs
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HikingGreat!

Well marked, wide enough in areas to walk side by side. Great view from the viewpoint if you follow that out. No bugs to speak of.

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Jaden Friedle
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Hiking

Great signage along the trail. You cross 2 roads on the trail. We went counter clockwise, finishing on the painted rocks trail. Bring lots of water due to limited shade. Definitely recommend!

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Rebecca Ann
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Great hike. Plenty of wildlife if you go at dusk or dawn. Great views as well. Be sure to check for ticks!

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Isaac Pulliam
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Fun trail with a lot of uphill hiking. I had planned on doing a leg workout when I got home, but all the uphill took care of that for me.

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Amy Sandow
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Amy Sandow
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky

My husband and I had fun but it was a little more than we thought it would be. We ended up doing half of the St. George trail and ended up hiking the knot head trial as well.

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DUSTIN FITZPATRICK
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Great trail. Going clockwise it is a good climb to the top. Once your up there views are awesome. Would recommend.

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Kole Smith
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HikingBugs

One of my favorite trails in Spokane. My pedometer clocks it over 8m—so either my pedometer is wrong or this app is; either way, amazing hike with great views.

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John Sanderson
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Love the butterflies.

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Kate Rau
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My new favorite hike/trail run in the Spokane area. Really beautiful area and a good workout! Did it counter-clockwise, going up through the valley first. Nice gradual climb, then a few switchbacks and you’re at the top, with great views of the Colville Nat’l Forest and Spokane River. Saw 3 Pileated Woodpeckers in the valley section, plus warblers, flycatchers etc. Great birding and tons of wildflowers right now. Also saw a young buck. This is a NO DOG trail, due to being part of a protected natural area. I enjoyed it more, having left my two knuckleheads at home.

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Rinda Joy
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Hiking

My favorite go to hike for conditioning and enjoying the beauty.

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Miranda Denison
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOver grown

Beautiful trail even in pouring down rain!

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Rosa Cardenas
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Lindsey Dunbar
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We thoroughly enjoyed this trail! This has been our favorite in Spokane thus far. We started counter clockwise by the bathroom as a previous reviewer had recommended and we’re glad we did. This trail is very well marked and maintained. Probably too far for ages 10ish and younger. If taking kids be sure to bring snacks/lunch as this trail took us a little over 4 hours to complete at a very leisurely pace stoping at all of the views (we did the painted rocks trail combined). Bugs were not an issue nor was the trail busy until we reached the painted rocks nature trail portion. DISCOVER PASS required if parking in the trailhead lot and also dogs are sadly not allowed.

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Bret DeGraaff
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Hiking

Great trail very close to Spokane with grand views! Saw one rattlesnake!

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Jenny Kaluza
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Moderate is a good description for this hike. Definitely worth going the extra distance to the scenic overlooks

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Trisha Lykins
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HikingBugsFee

One of my favorite trails in Spokane, especially with kiddos. If you do the whole 6-7 mile hike, the kids may get whiny though...I suggest starting by the bathroom trail in the parking lot. But either way works, as it’s a loop. If you’re looking for a shorter hike that is relatively easy (some moderate parts with the up and downs) start at the trail near the parking lot sign and just turn around when you get to the road break in the trail. Please be aware of the teenie tiny parking lot! Don’t get upset if you show up at peak times or on peak days and don’t find a spot! This is popular for a reason, show up early or later if you expect a parking spot. Bring a lunch! It took us about three + hours to get through it with two kids 7yo and 10yo. Much younger may not be able to do the whole loop. Have fun!

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Abeer Sabri
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I did the whole loop this morning. I went clockwise, which was a bit of a steep climb, but doable. The part of the trail when you go down from the lookout and bench is muddy and the lower parts have some thick mud and ice. It was very fun and peaceful. I got there at 9:40 am and the parking lot was almost full! At the top at the lookout, it was very windy and a little chilly. There were hikers every now and then. But most of the trail, I was by myself which was very peaceful and relaxing. There were some buttercups at the very top. Saw a few deer on the first part of the trail near the water. Also some pretty birds. I didn't plan to do the whole loop but I am so glad I did!

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Josh Estelle
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