Quartz Mountain Lookout Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews
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Quartz Mountain Lookout Trail is a 4.5 mile lightly 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.

4.5 miles
718 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




mountain biking

nature trips




trail running


cross country skiing

horseback riding



wild flowers


Hike in the summertime to the relocated fire lookout atop Quartz Mountain. The trails in this area are well marked and maintained. The views from the top are awesome. A complete panorama of the Spokane-area can be seen from the lookout. Easy hiking that's suitable for everyone. Trails are groomed cross country ski trails. The hike out to Quartz Mountain is fun, you can vary the length and difficulty of your hike by which trails you choose. Its great for any hiking fitness level. From picnickers and novice hikers, to seasoned hikers breaking in equipment or wanting an area mostly used by foot traffic. - Its also a great place to take the family, especially to find a cooler place to head in the summer time. Hike in for a picnic. Kids will love to run around these trails. - The views from the top of Quartz Mountain are as spectacular as from the top of Mt. Spokane, with the added satisfaction that you made it up there under your own power. - 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. Don't be a cheapskate, get a Discover Pass. 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. - For GPS navigation to the trail head, the coordinates are: 47.90323, -117.10005

5 months ago

Walking on a road the whole time & unfortunately lookout was closed & views were lost in fog.

6 months ago

Love this trail! A beautiful view from the lookout. Was quite windy but there was a sheltered area from the wind.

Also, hiked in the morning and loved the cloud cover/fog floating through the trees.

Would highly recommend!

10 months ago

This is a nice hike. It took me about 2 hours to do a round trip hike. Weather was overcast, but the view was still pretty great. I only saw one other group on the entire trail. The trail is mostly dirt/gravel road making for an easy hike.