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Liberty Creek and Edith Hansen Trail Loop

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Liberty Lake Regional Park

Liberty Creek and Edith Hansen Trail Loop is a 13.7 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Liberty Lake, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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.

Length 13.7 km Elevation gain 419 m Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Backpacking Camping Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Lake River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Snow Fee
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It costs $2 per person to enter the park where the trailhead is located. The path is open to hikers, dogs on a leash, and equestrians. The trail is very well maintained. The first mile is fairly level and good for trail runs. The waterfall is 2.5 miles into the hike, so it's a nice round 5 miles going to the falls and back. Great day hike! The entire route shown is the loop at Liberty Lake WA, it can include a side loop of about 4 miles. - Hiking the loop clockwise (opposite the direction of this guide), you reach the Cedar Grove with a warning sign that the trail is "primitive" beyond that point. Keep on going, it is a disclaimer sign geared toward the casual day walker/hiker. The trail is a regular hiking trail beyond that point. Its not suitable for people out for a stroll in the park, but perfect for hikers. - If going early in the spring or late in the fall, when there is a chance of snow in the waterfall area, hike the loop clockwise (opposite the direction of this guide). The trail up to the waterfalls is steep, so in snow/ice conditions, it is better to be going uphill. Also, Diamond spikes or similar traction device for boots is recommended - along with a trekking pole. In snow/ice pack, continue to go up, the probability of injury increases exponentially trying to hike down steep ice covered inclines.

- You should be in fairly good shape to do some sharp uphills and downhills. Wear liner socks, this is the kind of trail you will get blisters on. Trekking poles will also come in handy. Bring extra water, its a trail where you will consume more water than you expect. - Dogs: it is a leashed dog trail, but on the "extra" loop you get outside of the county park. Bring extra treats for dogs, they will burn more energy than you would expect on this trail.

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rich cooper
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O'Melodi Whiteman
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WalkingFeeGreat!

Despite some of the wicked inclines the trail has, its a very nice trail.

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LaCola Watson-Holten
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Matthew Pasquale
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Jessica Vincent
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Harder than is says it is if you do the entire trail.

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Eileen Williams
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Candice Countryman
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It was very nice and easy. Getting to play around on the trails from the ATV Equestrian parking was fun and easy I would high recommend great . Wildlife deer did not mind humans and horses at all. The first and most of the conservatory was really neat to see. The first leg of the trail was great shady and easy. I do not recommend going up the Edith Hansen trail at all !!!! unless your horses are very fit and can handle a 3 mile incline. We followed the map both from the all trails app and what the ranger gave us. Well DON’T. You can not make the loop as is shows at all. So what was 3 hr planned ride and only 8 miles turned into 6.5 hrs and 14.2 mile. I do not recommend going up this ride at all and if you go do not go up the Edith Hansen trail period. Out to the wall turn around and head back OK but up Hansen trail no and do not follow the map at all. This should be and out to the wall and back easy . Lesson learned and GOD bless I have some very WELL ground manner and trained horses we managed to get turned around safely and back super Fatigued and tired but we made it back OK I would not recommend doing this trail ever again

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Barbara Sincere
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Leandra Cantrell Shaver
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This was a great hike. Should start to the right though and go counter clockwise otherwise tougher hike.

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Lindsey Siemssen
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Nice hike. Just remember that the waterfall is almost non-existent in August. The mosquitoes seemed preoccupied with more pressing issues. I think I read there was a mosquito summit in Iceland over the weekend. Could be wrong. Anyway, we didn't wear any bug spray. No bites! Happy, happy, joy, joy! Great places along the way to yodel, sing real loud, or yell at inanimate objects and no one will hear you . . . but you will get an echo. That was fun. You can talk to all the animals even though you can't see them. They seem friendly.

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Hannah Camacho
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Naomi Hamilton Blackerby
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HikingGreat!

Really well marked trail! That’s a huge plus. We did it backwards (clockwise) as the long uphill didn’t sound super fun haha. 90% shaded so no real need to sunscreen up prior but pretty buggy so bug spray would be a good idea. I’d rate it as easy if doing it backwards but moderate is a good rating if you did it the way the app sets you up. Nice walking along the creek. The “waterfall” is underwhelming but it’s not a big deal. All in all, nice 8 miles

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James Peters
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Alan Birdsell
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melissa Strickland
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Renee Pryor
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chad moffat
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I thought it was a great hike. Pretty good climb and a pretty steep descent but it’s very doable in three hours. We hiked 9 miles from the parking lot and pushed along without a lot of breaks. Very nice and the falls are small but pretty neat to see.

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Lynnette Franks
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Nice and shady, even on a hot day. Very nice.

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Brandon OBryan
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Tracy B
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HikingGreat!

Just went to the waterfall, which was quite small and not worth the 1 mile of steep switch backs. We enjoyed the trail until that point, the views of the creek were very nice. Next time would turn around at the Cedar Grove instead. The parking lot is .9 miles from the trail marker, so make sure to add that distance to your calculations.

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Dave L
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Well marked trails. More for hiking than biking.

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Kelly Carlstrom
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shan zhong
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Beautiful trail. However, lots of unprofessional mountain bikers who almost ran over me multiple times. There are also parents and kids doing fast skateboarding on the trail without any regards for the hikers.

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Irwin Sheer
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Nice forest loop. Plenty of climbing. Waterfall was anticlimactic.

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Cristi Brooks
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This is not very moderate. The whole second half is mountain claiming. But It was very beautiful.

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Scott D
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Nice trail. We went the clockwise route, flat for a bit and then a nice grind up for a mile or so. Mostly in the shade of the tall trees with peeks at surrounding views. Top down is milder, with about a mile and a half of steady decline in the middle of the down. Surprised at how much work we did going up, which is always nice. Enjoyed the trail, well maintained.

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Kysa S
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6/29/20 - Nice shaded trail in the woods, well-maintained. The only reason it didn’t get a higher rating is the waterfall was a bit underwhelming and there weren’t spectacular views.

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Meaghan Canfield
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Very pretty trail. It's steep on the way up but the trail is well maintained and the switchbacks aren't too steep. Looking forward to doing it now that I know the different landmarks (the creek to the cedar grove to the switchbacks to the first waterfall and then the second and finally the cabin before climbing back down).

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