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.
cross country skiing
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