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

The best hiking in the Spokane area. Tons of different trails and hikes to do.

Pretty hike, I know it says moderate, but be cautious that there are A LOT of hills and steep inclines, which can be hard on a lot of people. Also beware there are areas where you’re brushing up against a lot of plant life, so make sure to spray yourself with bug repellent. I would 100% agree with one of the other reviewers, PARK DOWN AT THE BOTTOM OF THE TRAIL AND THEN HIKE UP!!! I wish we would’ve known that, the hike was pretty, yet exhausting, especially when we turned around (“out and back”) and headed back the way we started, such steep inclines. Had we started from the bottom and went up, sure we would’ve still had to go up all the inclines, but at least the second half of our hike would’ve been much more enjoyable. There are beautiful streams that run through there. If you’re looking for there to be a destination (I.e. an outlook, a river/lake, somewhere to relax) at the end of the trail don’t expect it from a lot of these trails, they lead to roads at the beginning and end points. There aren’t any outhouses/bathrooms on the trails, which we knew but I just wanted to advise anyone else who may expect outhouses along the way. We passed quite a few people or groups, but we weren’t stuck with other folks during the hike. Overall, it wasn’t bad, very pretty!

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!

This was a beautiful hike on a warm mother days. There was snow on the trail for the first mile but it all goes away after that. Follow all the blue triangles and you won’t lose your way. Did find some blooming poison ivy and oak close to the trail but don’t let that deter you. Also if you want to start at the bottom and climb up first and then come all downhill coming back to your car might be recommended. It was a long trek back up hill after going downhill.

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

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!

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.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Beautiful trail with creek crossing bridges! A few steep inclines that make you sweat!

trail running
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Love this place

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.

trail running
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Definitely a good workout and beautiful scenery

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!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

I recorded a track of my adventure, but DON'T FOLLOW MINE. I wandered down a few paths that disappeared into nothing, and I ended up bushwhacking a bit to find my way back to the main trail. A few spots along the author's original route were also super muddy and slippery downhills (probably will dry out later in the summer), so I tried to avoid those if possible. Overall I enjoyed the hike, mainly because I was looking for a longer than average and a physical challenge. I can't say there are loads of awesome views, but the few good ones make up for the lack of constant mediocre ones. Kit Carson was probably the highlight.

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.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

I parked at the Lower Loop parking lot and the trailhead starts on the Carson Loop trail, which is a dirt road in the trees. Hiked up route 110 to a beautiful log cabin at the top, and down 140 back to Carson Loop track. About 5 miles total. Great trails, signs and maps at every intersection, and lots of picnic tables along the way. I went on Memorial weekend and there was a bit of navigable snow at the top. $10 daily parking fee if you don't have a discovery pass. Trails are mostly shaded in the trees, nice elevation gain, didn't have any big problems until I stopped at the top for lunch.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

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

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!

scenic driving
Monday, September 05, 2016

road was closed, didn't know until we drove all the way out there.

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.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

One of our favorites. Saw a moose!

Sunday, December 08, 2013

This is a must go during the berry season! The best way to approach this is to ask the guy who runs the lodge at the bottom to give you a ride to the top and in return you will buy lunch when you get back down. Start from the top and go over the back side of the Mountain by the parking lot! This is a great mountain bike bath but also a beautiful way to hike back down! lots of streams, views, and of course huckleberries!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

As I was walking along one of the trails looking down for mushrooms I came around a bend in the trail and saw a huge moose about 50 yards in front of me.When he saw me to took off down the trail in the opposite direction about as fast as he could run.He was long gone before he had any chance to get a photo.I was able to get some good Fall color photos and some wonderful mushroom photos.It was a beautiful day to be in the woods with sunny weather and tempertures in the low 70's.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Today was a beautiful day to be hiking on Mt. Spokane. The weather was great with tempertures in the mid 70's and hardly a cloud in the sky.I was up there looking for Fall mushrooms and was able to find a wide variety-Puffs Balls,Corals,Russulas and Mica Caps just to name a few.A couple of the trails had some damage caused by some heavy rain a couple of weeks ago but the rain did bring out a lot of fungi.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Mt Spokane is always a good place to go for a short hike and today was no different. The weather was perfect(cloudy with tempertures in the high 60's to low 70's)Saw a lot of Indian Paintbrush,some Yarrow,some Indian Pipe and also a lot of Thimbleberry and a few mushooms.Plan to go back in about a month to look for more mushrooms to photograph.

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