Painted Rocks Nature Trail

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Painted Rocks Nature Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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.

3.3 miles
223 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly


nature trips

paddle sports


trail running

bird watching



wild flowers

no shade

no dogs

Parking available at Indian Paint Rocks Trailhead off Rutter Pkwy.

20 days ago

Great little trail. Clean, no trash or dog poop. Nice to hike a trail that is clean. Will definitely come back in the summer when everything is green.

5 months ago

great little easy hike along the river with great chance to see some wildlife

6 months ago

Awesome hike! We saw 7 deer, 2 owls, 1 turkey and 2 rattle snakes!!! We almost stepped on the first one on the trail, so watch your step and be watchful at dusk!! Beautiful,quiet, and fun hike!!!!

7 months ago

The interpretive trail signs are great, and a good motivator for small hikers. There were a couple logs across the trail, but nothing we couldn’t climb over/around.

Great day hike. Beautiful views

7 months ago

Nice day hike near home. Well maintained.

9 months ago

Definitely don’t forget your bug spray, even once you head up onto Knothead Valley trail, bugs everywhere. But this is such a beautiful trail. Love these views and the birds.

9 months ago

Bird watchers paradise

9 months ago

Remember, no dogs!

11 months ago

Great trail for beginners like me! Clean and fresh air. No dog poop.

11 months ago

It's a good little trail. We saw eagles, hawks, ducks and geese. There is a log across the trail but it wasn't hard to cross.

Friday, December 01, 2017

Nice trail when not flooding season, relatively easy walking trail, beats a sidewalk in the city.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

This hike is the lesser known opposite end of the Little Spokane River trail that extends southeast from the Indian Painted Rocks parking lot past St. George's School. The elevation changes quite a bit on the far east of this route near Waikiki Road. The western half is more mellow and slightly more scenic. There are not any amazing viewpoints, but it is a pleasant and moderately challenging hike nonetheless.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Nice easy trail

Sunday, June 25, 2017

This trail is one of those that doesn't really blow you away, but it is simple and pleasant enough that you wish you lived right by it and could walk it every day just to clear your head. It is one of the closest hikes to where I live, so it is definitely an easy fall-back if I don't feel like making other plans. That's basically what happened today. I had already done the full Knothead Loop before, so this section of it was nothing new. It was getting too late in the day to go anywhere else, so I decided to get at least a little hiking in, and this spot won out as a repeat.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

this was a good place to go hike the trails for beginners and families. there was beautiful views and was very peaceful. there was also friendly people along the way. but not everyone that goes there follows the rules,such as no dogs. cause there was dogs on trail along with going in the water.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Sunday, April 30, 2017

its just okay

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Nice trail.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Pretty easy terrain. Beautiful rock formations. No dogs allowed...not sure why.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

It is a nice little hike. Has beautiful scenery. There is a bit of a detour in the trail that takes you up the side of the hill, which adds some nice variety. I was a bit disappointed though to realize once we got to the end of the trail that the "Indian painted rocks" are actually at the trailhead. And they done really live up to the hype. I can get why they are being preserved, but they almost look like a graffiti done by a couple teenagers. Nice little hike though, great for kids and others who are looking for an easy hike.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Nice, beautiful and easy. It's not a loop, fyi.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Awesome place. Very clean. if you get a chance go float the river. amazing clear and beautiful water.

Monday, July 11, 2016


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Traveled the path less raveled by! :) loved hiking up the rocks!

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Great. Someone needs to update this hike info. Dogs are not allowed on this trail

Monday, November 02, 2015

At the time that we did this hike, the loop was closed along the river due to fire, so we went to the top and turned around. Looking forward to doing this one again, but this time being able to come down by the river and complete the loop.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

This park is closed as of mid July 2015. There was a fire somewhere along the Little Spokane River recently but I don't know why that would close the park. Anyway it hasn't stopped people going to the park or the river, they just park haphazardly along the road now instead of safely in the parking lot. Hopefully the park will reopen soon.

Monday, June 08, 2015

Did the trail reverse from the Long Lake end back to Painted Rocks yesterday. It was a little hot but always a great walk. We take our kayaks down the little Spokane from Painted Rocks down to Long Lake, lock them up with a cable and lock and then take the trail back to pick up the truck. It's nice to be able to combine a kayak trip and a hike in one afternoon.

Monday, April 20, 2015

A lot of people don't realize that there is an entire loop you can hike in this area. I started off at the trailhead next to the restrooms in the main parking lot on Rutter Parkway, then followed an old unused road for a few miles until the trail narrowed and began to climb. At the top there are some nice vistas of the Spokane River and the mountains beyond. I descended from here along the Knothead Trail and looped back beside the Little Spokane until I reached the painted rocks and the parking lot where i started. I saw several geese and one deer. Total distance hiked: 6.8 miles.

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