Explore the most popular birding trails near Mead with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Gorgeous hike today. The problem with the trail is how hard it is to follow. It was enjoyable getting lost as you get great views from all sides of the mountain.

There were lots of huckleberry bushes that you stop and pick along the way in late July. It was very difficult for me to follow this trail. I got lost multiple times and ended up off trailing it to the top straight through a lot of bushes. Maybe I just missed the trail but parts of it seemed disconnected. The view from the top was beautiful though.

hiking
27 days ago

I park in the SnoPark lot at the intersection of Mount Spokane Park Drive and N Summit Rd. From there, cross the road to the Trail 131 trailhead. Follow 131 to the Bald Knob Picnic Area and head toward the road on the other side. Cross that portion of N Summit Rd and you'll see Trail 130. Follow 130 for about a mile and you'll come to the CCC Camp.

You'll want to take a moment to explore. From the stone walkway and steps leading to the cabin, to the stacked wood waiting to be burned in the fireplace inside, I almost wanted to set up camp myself.

From the CCC Camp, follow the dirt road until you see Trail 140 on your left. This is your final leg to the summit. One final push and the trail breaks into the parking lot by Chair One and the Vista House.

After taking in the setting sun and my fingers started to stop functioning from the cold, I knew I should probably head back down before dark, beings this is the only trail in my hiking history I've ever encountered a wolf on (most magical moment of my life).

I highly recommend exploring this little slice of Heaven in the summer!

Sometime in JUN JUL 18 this trail was decimated. Appears Mt SPOKANE Ski resort has added several new ski runs on that side of the mountain. If switchbacking turn after turn in very recent clear cuts. huge swaths down that side of the mountain then this your hell on earth. Concrete poured for the lifts. Bicycles have turned this into a talc like dust bowl. Views? You betcha cause all those ancient old growth trees are gone. If you’re a skier rejoice. Bikers should have it to themselves cause nobody in their right mind would waste time hiking here anymore. Gave 2 stars cause it’s close to the house. Be interesting to see how cougar deal with all this loss of habitat.

birding
27 days ago

Beautiful views, easy walk, 23 species of birds seen.

great little hike. nice shade, and well groomed. definitely hike again.

Such a wonderful hike!! We clocked in at 15 miles which took about 6 hours. Big props the person that wrote the directions for this hike!

This only shows a portion of the Mt. Kit Carson Trail to summit that starts at Trail 100. I accidentally deleted the recording of the majority of the trail. Regardless, this 6.1 mike trail is an out and back trail that is dog friendly and traverses through dense forest to arrive at a 360 degree view from the summit!

Most of the trail has only very slight elevation gain, the only exception being the initial section as you ascend Trail 110 where this recording took place and then another section near the summit.

This trip took us 3 hours, including a 10 minute rest at the top.

A great half- day hike!!

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

hiking
2 months ago

A very fun hike, especially if you start from the bottom at trail 110. The trails are very well groomed and the top is totally worth it.

The very beginning of this trail is the steepest! A nice workout for the first half mile or so and then it becomes more moderate. You'll pass a building on the left hand side where you can purchase a Discover Pass if you need one - $10/day or $30/year. The trail head is just a couple minutes past that center. There is a bathroom at the trail head. There was no signal for a while so if you're following the All Trails map, best to download before hand. There were a few times we checked to make sure we chose the right path but for the most part the trails are clearly marked. We came across 3 or 4 portapotties along the hike - mostly in the first 4 miles or so. We went to Mt. Kit Carson first and then Day Mountain. We preferred the view at Kit Carson a little better but the peak at Day Mountain was quieter and more peaceful. We had a nice picnic there and found a nice flat rock to sit. One part of the trail was a wide dirt road but the rest was quite lush and fun to walk. There's also a beautiful meadow. Really nice choice for a day hike - came out to about 12 miles.

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!

Great short trail, with nice views and wild flowers.Memorial day weekend, Summit Rd was closed so we had to walk up hill 1.2 miles before we got to the trail head. The CCC cabin was cool.

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!

hiking
3 months ago

Will return to finish so we can see the amazing views from the top! Lots of snow on this particular day but such a great trail.

have not utilized this app yet but am excited and looking forward to using it this summer

Taken the loop but found this trail by itself is not enough of a challenge for me personally I have to add onto the miles, but as all the trails on Mt Spokane there is no denying the natural Beauty and the peaceful atmosphere

The experience are different each time I take the hike always rewarding and satisfying

Incredible drive with views at top. This is a drive with a scenic end. It is not a hike or a walk as indicated in the activities list.

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!

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!

The views are worth it.

Great for trail running! Hiked up, ran down. Time was limited so hoping to do the full loop soon.

hiking
11 months ago

Great view

This was the closest route for my hike to connect with, though I didn't do the entire 12.9 mile route. My hike was an enjoyable 7.7 mile loop to Mt. Kit Carson, not on to Day Mountain. There are starting points closer and farther from the destinations depending on how much time and energy you have.

hiking
11 months ago

This is a great hike for breaking in your new hikers. Pretty view at the top and lots of huckleberries right next to the trail!

hiking
Sunday, July 23, 2017

Took the trail with or two toddlers in backpacks and had a great time! Next time will bring the dog. The trail detoured a little from the map due to downed trees but it was very clearly marked. The lookout at the peak is beautiful! Lots of people out picking huckleberries. Go early, the walk back was not very shady and got hot!

hiking
Friday, July 21, 2017

Fun hike. Nice trail. My son is 4 years old and did the whole thing himself! He was very excited to reach the top! We got a few huckleberries, they weren't quite ripe yet. Lots of green ones tho! We will come back! And they sprayed for bugs!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Nice walk trail is well maintained and great view at the top!

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