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Mount Kit Carson Trail [CLOSED]

moderate(180)
Mount Spokane State Park

Mount Kit Carson Trail is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mead, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,384 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.

hiking
snow
13 days ago

The hike was good. We did it without snow shoes- some areas we began to sink 2-6 inches down. Probably because it was so warm and snow is melting. Beautiful day, lovely hike.

snowshoeing
fee
snow
16 days ago

Great hike, snow pass needed for next couple weeks. Did in micro spikes, snow shoes not necessary.

hiking
24 days ago

The most snow you can handle without snowshoes. Made it all the way to the top on a semi clouded day with normal hiking boots. It does depend on the ski tracks you find though. Do not try to create fresh tracks without the right shoes.

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

snowshoeing
1 month ago

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Great snowshoeing!

hiking
snow
2 months ago

hiking
snow
2 months ago

hiking
snow
5 months ago

The Kit Carson summit boasts an impressive view. It's well worth the moderate hike. Right now, the trail is snow-covered the whole way, but there's no need for snowshoes or other gear.

hiking
snow
5 months ago

Alright hike. The view on top was cloudy and couldn’t see. Lots of snow at top. But was still able to hike through with just Norma hiking boots. Snow wasn’t icy or wet.

hiking
6 months ago

Well maintained and marked. Ran into 4 people, keep in mind, it was a work day.

hiking
6 months ago

Great view at the top!

hiking
7 months ago

So beautiful this time of year! A few bikers on the trail but not too hard to avoid. SO many huckleberries <3! Had a blast picking them off the side of the road with my bestie!

Absolutely amazing! Trails are well taken care of!

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail. Too steep at all and a cache at the top if you’re in to that!

hiking
7 months ago

This is a great trail and relatively easy to follow. I did this hike in late June and the weather was perfect. There is a lot of shade for most of the hike but I still recommend going in the morning. Some beautiful views when you get to the top!

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike. It’s my first time in Washington and on this side of the Cascades. Didn’t have high expectations for this trail and was blown away at how surreal the forest is. The wild berries were so sweet. To top it off, we met a bunch of friendly people throughout the hike.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Fun trail there was great huckleberry picking! We enjoyed it from top to bottom.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
bugs
over grown
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Nice views at the top. Pretty easy trail overall. Nothing remarkable to note, just a nice slow afternoon.

hiking
9 months ago

What a fun trail!

hiking
blowdown
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike! The views at the top were breathtaking! There were some trees down but you can tell they have been working hard to clean things up. No snow all the way to the top. Only a few areas of mud that could be walked around! Highly recommend!

hiking
11 months ago

4/25/2019 Hiked to Mt. Kit Carson summit. There were a few bare patches near the trailhead but otherwise snow all the way. Between the trailhead and the Saddle Junction we often sank to our knees in the snow. There was just a thin center ridge of the snow on the trail where it was packed down and you didn’t sink through. After the junction though the footing improved. It’s a nice view up on top! Enjoyable hike if you can endure the post holing.

hiking
snow
Thu Mar 28 2019

I'm giving it 5 stars, because I hiked it in late March with still lots of snow on the trails. Although I can imagine how beautiful it is in mid June! The trails are easily directed, it's hard to get lost. So much to explore! Definitely worth a try.

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