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

We hiked this trail mid-day on a very hot afternoon in July. This Trail offered very minimal shade. It is obviously not maintained. It has literally zero signage. The trails are very confusing. There is no obvious begin or end to this hike. We were lost many times on spur trails and unmarked trails. The trail was a good workout but I will not be back, Ever! Please, don't waste your time.

I actually parked at the south trailhead for "Stevens Creek" trail off of Stevens Creek Road. Hiked a little under a mile to "Big Rock" and enjoyed the views of the Palouse to the South and Spokane Valley to the North. From where the Stevens Creek Trail meets the Iller Creek Loop at the top I recommend going down on the East (right) loop, as it is more exposed and steep, and then up on the West (left) loop, as it is shaded and less steep. Iller Creek Trailhead shown here is another access point to the "Rocks of Sharon" and Stevens Creek Trail. Good trail for dogs, there is a creek along the west loop.

Parked at the south trailhead for "Stevens Creek" off of Stevens Creek Road. Hiked a little under a mile to "Big Rock" and enjoyed the views of the Palouse to the South and Spokane Valley to the North. From where the Stevens Creek Trail meets the Iller Creek Loop at the top I recommend going down on the East (right) loop, as it is more exposed and steep, and then up on the West (left) loop, as it is shaded and less steep. Iller Creek Trailhead to the North off of Dishman Mica is also an access point for the entire area. Good trail for dogs, there is a creek along the west loop.

Great hike with beautiful views in all directions. A portion of the trail goes through the forest along a creek and makes it for a nice cool—down. The rocks are obviously amazing. Bring lots of water as it gets hot this time of the year! Very dog friendly. We will be back!

Great hike, nice bit of a challenge for beginning hikers or a more chill hike for more advanced hikers. The front is pretty exposed so don’t go when it’s too hot but the back is nice and shaded.

What an amazing area!! Loved every second!! If you aren’t a big hiker come here and you will be! The loop trail takes you on some trails that make you think you are backcountry back packing. Making me thing of little magical fairy trails. If you don’t hike very often, and you get here, see some of the hills DO NOT BE AFRAID! The hills are not deadly calf killers, they are gentle slopes that lead to some beautiful and magical moments and views! Loved loved it!!

I went on the right trail and enjoyed the shade. The trail was a gradual incline so was a good workout for me on a beautiful trail.

This trail is so beautiful. There are a lot of different types of wild flower. It was very easy to hike.

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12 days ago

The interpretive trail signs are great, and a good motivator for small hikers. There were a couple logs across the trail, but nothing we couldn’t climb over/around.

It great for a quick trail that has uphill, downhills and flat. It’s probably really nice in early spring but pretty dry right now. Great for an after work walk

hiking
12 days ago

Great views. Varied landscape. Clean, marked trails. Definitely will revisit this one.

it was a dope hike, flowers are blooomin

The wife and I had a great time hiking this path definitely a great path for beginners. We hiked for about 3 hrs climbed lots of rocks, and the views were amazing. A must see!

Loved it!

The Emerald Necklace loop is a beautiful hike with trail markers making it easy to follow. There are lots of wild flowers and birds. There is even shade on the hike.

One of my favorite places to hike and to go swimming!

A great trail near town with nice views of both the Spokane Valley from the Iller Creek side, and of the Palouse from near Rocks of Sharon on the Stevens Creek side.
If coming from Iller Creek Trailhead, the trail to the right (western side) of the trail will provide you shade and a more gradual elevation gain, while the trail that heads off to the left (the more eastern side) is steeper and more exposed. Keep that in mind as you assess the season, the temperatures, and time of day.

This trail is also used by mountain bikers. It is heavily trafficked.

Decent hike for kids. Took 8 and 6 year old on it. Would do it again.

Great day hike. Beautiful views

Nice day hike near home. Well maintained.

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22 days ago

Unbelievable!!!

needs better trail markers

This is a great trail running loop.

One the best trails we’ve been on. Great inclines, gets the heart pumping. Loved it

Amazing loop with great bouldering and technical climbing options!

my wife and I hiked a portion of this trail today, when I get more time I plan to come back!!

This is a nice little hike close to the city. There's a very gradual incline in the beginning and it's all flat or downhill from there - quite easy and would be a good family hike. The South facing side of the hill is open and hot with little shade. The trail is very wide like a road. A lot of the grass was already dead with a few wildflowers hanging on. We were disappointed at the top - there are several loudly humming cell towers and an obstructed view of Spokane Valley. However, once you start descending down the north side of the hill, there is a beautiful view of rolling hills and trees and everything is suddenly lush and green. The trail narrows and winds along and down the hill. We found plenty of mating beetles, dragonflies, bees, and wildflowers. This made up for the first part of the hike. I would go back to explore some more. We came after work around 5:30 and leisurely hiked this in two hours - 5.4 miles. There's a sign at the trailhead saying that they are moving the trails around so it probably won't match the route here on AllTrails.

Fun hike! Bring the bug spray and be ready for some moderate uphill.

The area was nice with some good rock formations to play on but the trails were confusing and easy to get lost on which we did. We ran into the end of the park boundaries two or three times to find back yards and houses. It had a couple of small ponds and if you stayed in the park it was a nice area but still confusing. Give yourself at least three hours on the trails.

Beautiful place for a family hike!

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