Mount Spokane Trail 100 to Smith Gap

MODERATE 4 reviews
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Mount Spokane Trail 100 to Smith Gap is a 6.3 mile moderately 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 best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1479 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

- Mt. Spokane State Park Trail 100 goes from the intersection of Mt. Spokane Drive and Summit Road, to Smith Gap. What makes this trail great is its variation and it has a good amount of elevation gain and drop, plus four stream crossings, so wear good footwear. Due to trail damage on the upper section, Trail 100 is not a favorite of mountain bikers. Further more, the lower section has steep elevation gains on either end, which further decreases the bike traffic. - It is a great trail for getting in hiking shape or to break in hiking gear - say your trying out a new pair of hiking boots. It is also a great training trail, if you are getting in shape for say going up on Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens (restricted in the number of people per day), or heading for a hiking vacation to the Colorado Rockies. For training, add weight to your pack each time you hike, to build up endurance and altitude acclimation. - Mt. Spokane is a fee area, a Washington State Parks Discover Pass is required - $30 annual or $10 for single day use. The State Parks no longer receive any of your tax dollars, their operations are financed by fees. This includes just driving into the parks, for example to drive to the top of Mt. Spokane. There is a $99 fine for not having a Discover Pass. - As all State and National Parks, this is a dog leashed only area. There is a $75 fine for not having your dog leashed. Be respectful to other users and for your own safety - there is wildlife on Mt. Spokane. You probably don't want to know the fine and potential jail time penalties for you dog chasing wildlife - or having to deal with a mad moose.

hiking
4 days ago

Pretty hike, I know it says moderate, but be cautious that there are A LOT of hills and steep inclines, which can be hard on a lot of people. Also beware there are areas where you’re brushing up against a lot of plant life, so make sure to spray yourself with bug repellent. I would 100% agree with one of the other reviewers, PARK DOWN AT THE BOTTOM OF THE TRAIL AND THEN HIKE UP!!! I wish we would’ve known that, the hike was pretty, yet exhausting, especially when we turned around (“out and back”) and headed back the way we started, such steep inclines. Had we started from the bottom and went up, sure we would’ve still had to go up all the inclines, but at least the second half of our hike would’ve been much more enjoyable. There are beautiful streams that run through there. If you’re looking for there to be a destination (I.e. an outlook, a river/lake, somewhere to relax) at the end of the trail don’t expect it from a lot of these trails, they lead to roads at the beginning and end points. There aren’t any outhouses/bathrooms on the trails, which we knew but I just wanted to advise anyone else who may expect outhouses along the way. We passed quite a few people or groups, but we weren’t stuck with other folks during the hike. Overall, it wasn’t bad, very pretty!

hiking
1 month ago

This was a beautiful hike on a warm mother days. There was snow on the trail for the first mile but it all goes away after that. Follow all the blue triangles and you won’t lose your way. Did find some blooming poison ivy and oak close to the trail but don’t let that deter you. Also if you want to start at the bottom and climb up first and then come all downhill coming back to your car might be recommended. It was a long trek back up hill after going downhill.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful trail with creek crossing bridges! A few steep inclines that make you sweat!