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
718 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

skiing

snowboarding

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

horseback riding

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. 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

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!

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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!

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

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.

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4 months ago

5 months ago

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
5 months ago

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!

5 months ago

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5 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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.