Quartz Mountain Lookout Trail

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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.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
685 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

skiing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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. 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

hiking
1 month ago

Despite the description and highly rated reviews; do not bother with this trail in snow season. Visited 12/26/18 and I’ll tell you why.

The state park is managed annually by permit only in lieu of entry fees...meaning during snow season from November-April a discover pass will not allow you access to any of the trails in the park. During these months you must purchase a snow-park pass even if you have a discover pass.

The funds for the discover pass and snow park pass are two separate pools of money and do not go to the same agency...your snow park pass essentially pays for groomed roads and trails during the snow season.

With that being said all trails departing from Selkirk lodge are for Nordic/backcountry skiing only; snow shoeing nor hiking is allowed. We learned the hard way; backcountry skiers take that sh#t serious!

Lesson learned if going to Mt. Spokane in the snow season all trails south of Selkirk lodge are inaccessible via foot traffic. All backcountry trails, single track, snowmobile trails north of the lodge are fair game via foot, snowmobile or snow shoe.

I’ll review again after snow season. Hope this helps my fellow peeps.

Happy Trails :)

hiking
3 months ago

Super easy to get to. The "trail" is actually a road. The view at the lookout is beautiful. Its a must do if you live in Eastern Washington.

4 months ago

I loved how many signs there were. I definitely felt like there was no way I was going to get lost and that was awesome. The view from the top was pretty sweet too.

hiking
4 months ago

Love that you can change the difficulty or trail views to the top! Enjoyed a beer at the lookout with a good friend- was a wonderful day!

hiking
5 months ago

As mentioned previously, lots of options as far as trails to the top. Easy access to parking and a restroom at the lookout. looking forward to spending time there this winter.

hiking
5 months ago

Lots of trails to choose from. We took a 6year old and a 12year old, both did great on the trails. There also was a main road up to the lookout that you could take, which was pretty easy. Very wet and foggy today but would have had amazing views without it. Definitely reccomend for the whole family for a nice day hike! We would go again!

hiking
5 months ago

Used the black Nordic trails to Nova Hut then cut over to the green trail and up to the lookout. All is well marked. Any of the trails will get you there and are well kept - much of it old roads. Trail to the lookout is pretty steep with only a few switchbacks. The lookout itself was in use so we had a quick snack and headed back. Several clean restrooms along the way. Our counters showed 6.5 miles so I imagine it depends on which series of trails you choose to use. Saw a young bull moose along Eagle Crest trail - mutually scared the bajeezus out of him and us! All in all, a nice hike. I wish the smoke had cleared. The views would have been beautiful.

7 months ago

Great hike with awesome views! Quite a few different routes you can take!

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful and had a lot of shade. You also get to choose how difficult of a hike you would like by choosing different paths that lead to the same places!

hiking
8 months ago

Was still quite snowy in May, but absolutely gorgeous. Moderate hike, a few inclines but overall great! The top was absolutely breathtaking, showing lakes and mountain ranges.
Totally awesome!

Monday, October 16, 2017

There is already a fair amount of snow on this trail so be prepared. Follow signs to the lookout. The first 3/4 is fairly uneventful and easy, the last 1/4 feels like Narnia because you’re in a narrow path with low hanging branches and snow everywhere. Pretty beautiful!

hiking
Friday, October 13, 2017

Can't believe we've never done this hike, instantly one of my favorite local hikes! Gorgeous views on top of all 4 local lakes (Spirit, Hauser, Newman and Liberty). Must do again! Well marked Trails, maps to help, great hike!

hiking
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Second time in Mt Spokane State Park, this time to do a couple short hikes, including this one. I didn't find it super challenging. Not a ton of views along the way, but the view by the lookout tower is great. Felt a bit like invading territory since a family was renting the tower. I didn't go up on the lookout, of course, but the view around the corner is satisfaction enough.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Take bug spray, better on a hotday as it is cool at higher elevation. We went in mid June and found ocassional snow piles. Very easy and wide paths. Pretty but expect to find loads of hungry bugs. Not bad by any means and very pretty.

hiking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

We had spectacular views all around. Sort of a difficult hike as it is a constant uphill climb, and toward the end it feels like it will never end. Great hike though!

hiking
Friday, June 09, 2017

The views from the Lookout are awesome the trail getting there is in rough shape after winter with a lot of downed trees but it is doable and worth the extra work I had a great.time my dog did to with the little extra work out.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

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

hiking
Friday, November 18, 2016

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!

hiking
Thursday, June 23, 2016

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.

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