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Shadow Mountain Loop Trail is a 10.3 mile moderately trafficked loop 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 and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 10.3 mi Elevation gain 1,204 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Backpacking

Camping

Cross country skiing

Hiking

Horseback riding

Skiing

Forest

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This hike follows the groomed nordic ski trails in the southern part of the park. Easy hiking, but 75% in the sun. The hike to Shadow Mountain is on groomed Nordic ski paths. Its easy hiking, but ranked "moderate" due to the distance and that 3/4 of the hike is in the sun. Bring a wide brimmed hat and sun screen. However, it is well worth heading out to Shadow Mountain. The peak is unlike other's in Mt. Spokane State Park. Also, there is solitude, not many people venture this far out. You are rewarded by old growth forest and great views. - Bring plenty of water - with the sun on this hike, you will consume more than you might expect. - This hike loops around Quartz Mountain. You could detour up to the top of Quartz Mountain, but it does add 2 miles and 1 1/2 hours to the hike. - Hike Time: 4:09:56 - Distance: 10.50 miles - Average Pace: 23:48 /mile - Fastest Pace: 8:42 /mile - Ascent: 975 feet - Descent: 1016 feet - Calories: 1538

The official WA State Park page for Mt. Spokane http://www.parks.wa.gov/parks/?selectedpark=mount%20spokane Washington State Discover Pass - Required http://www.discoverpass.wa.gov/ Official WA State Park maps for Mt. Spokane - Recommend to PRINT and bring along the Quartz Mountain http://www.parks.wa.gov/parks/?selectedpark=mount%20spokane&subject=maps Friends of Mt. Spokane State Park has .pdf maps on their home page. http://www.mountspokane.org/ Friends of Mt. Spokane State Park http://www.mountspokane.org/images/MtSpokaneCoreTrailsAreaMap.pdf Access Permits at Mt. Spokane (.pdf) - A Washington Discovery Pass required. http://www.mountspokane.org/images/MtSpokaneAccessPermits.pdf Renting the Quartz Mountain Fire Lookout http://www.parks.wa.gov/yurtsandcabins/quartzmountain/ The Inland Empire Paper Company - 1/2 of this hike is on their land http://www.iepco.com/forestry.htm

If you are viewing this on the phone App - go online for web links to park resources, trail video, and 360º panorama interactive photos - www.everytrail.com - Mt. Spokane State Park requires a Washington State Parks Discover Pass ($30 annual or $10 single day use). WA State Parks no longer receive any of your tax dollars. Their operations are financed by user fees. There is a $99 fine for not having a Discover Pass. - Mt. Spokane, as all state and national parks, is dog leashed only - there is a $75 fine for having your dog off leash. Respect others and stay safe. There is wildlife on Mt. Spokane, you do not need your dog making a moose mad. You probably don't want to know the fine and potential jail time penalties for you dog chasing wildlife. - There is wildlife on Mt. Spokane, although, statistically you are not likely to encounter any. Still, know what to do. - As always, pack out what you bring in. Don't leave trash, nor discard things like apple cores. They are not natural to the mountain, please take them back out with you.

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Linda Hanin Sanders
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HikingOver grown

Bees are fairly aggressive on top of Shadow Mountain. A few muddy area

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Robyn Highbarger
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Hiking

Enjoyed this trail. Lacked in views but was quiet and peaceful. The loop was decent pretty easy terrain to navigate. The view from Shadow Mountain was nice. It was a sunny day and we had nice sunny parts and shady parts which was great.

Brad Spracklin
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I actually hiked the Ragged Ridge trail, which is an offshoot from this loop. I followed a few of the cross country ski trails to the Vista Hut where I took the trail that goes between the bathroom and the hut, continued on that until the junction to Ragged Ridge. The trail up to Ragged Mnt is a single track, but pretty easy to follow. No blow downs and the trail was in pretty good shape, steep at times, but not too difficult. Made it up there in about 2 hours, spent about a half hour at the top to drink a trail beer, then took about an hour and 45min to get back to the car. All in all a beautiful way to spend the day!

Duke Akiona
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Hiking

It was foggy in Spokane so the fam and I decided try and get out of it. Man we’re we in for a treat, got up to the trail and nothing but blue sky’s and warm sun... was still 38 degrees but so beautiful, didn’t run in to and one else walking, you could smell the evergreens, and my girls found deer tracks. Nice quick trail to get out

Andrea Clift
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HikingIcySnow

Great hike. Shadow Mtn didn’t feature as much in the way of views as I had hoped, but Horse and Quartz Mtn are both amazing in this department. Trails have quite a bit of snow on them now, with sunny patches being more clear. Gaiters, spikes, and waterproof footwear recommended.

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Nicole Plemel
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Hiking

Wonderful hike! Pretty long but great views on top of quarts and shadow mountain!

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Turner Schultz
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Backpacking

Spent the night at Shadow with my bud. It was wet and cold but with that, we had the place to ourselves. Will be back on a clearer day.

Timothy Holdaway
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Germinator 420
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Nick Crooks
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Sara van Ingen
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WES GOENEN
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Joey _
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Betty N
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Steven Diaz
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Jenni Moody
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David Dierdorff
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Travis Fox
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Tyler McFarland
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Bill Grace
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