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Riverside State Park - Little Spokane River

Crawling with life, this gentle trail along the Spokane River is the perfect hike for a budding naturalist or nature-seeker. It's only a short drive from Spokane, so it's easily accessible and boasts a good variety of wildlife.

This loop hike begins at Painted Rocks in the Little Spokane Natural Area. Meander along with the river and then diverge from it when you meet the Knothead Trail. Towards the middle of the loop you'll climb a small hill to look out on modest views of Long Lake and the Spokane River.

Keep an eye out for wildlife on this hike; its marshy bogs and forest are home to deer, bald eagles, birds, ducks, herons and turkeys. If you go during the right seasons, you'll also find wildflower displays and a feast of mushrooms.
Driving Directions:

From Spokane, take W Indian Trail Rd north for 5 miles, continuing onto Rural Route 5. Turn left onto W Keenan Lane and arrive at the Little Spokane River Natural Area.

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Little Spokane River — Apr 23, 2013 — Kindra
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This hike started out on a high note with a moose sighting just before the painted rocks trailhead. ...
This hike started out on a high note with a moose sighting just before the painted rocks trailhead. Too bad my camera picked that moment to die.

A great close in hike - this trail as just what I was looking for to stretch my legs before work. It starts as a nice river walk and then climbs away from the river just enough to feel like a hike instead of a walk. Its about two miles to the other trailhead then we turned around and headed back.

It was fun to look for otters and muskrats along the river's edge. And enlightening to see the irises taking over - I had no idea how invasive they could be.

We had the trail to ourselves but I am sure this is a popular family hike on the weekends. It would be fun to come back and watch people float down the river - or maybe do the float myself.

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Little Spokane River — Nov 26, 2011 — Weluv2hike.
Day hike
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We have been on these trails before. Went down to river crossed over stayed on trail 25,cut up trail...
We have been on these trails before. Went down to river crossed over stayed on trail 25,cut up trail 100 to and back out 25, making this a 5 mile rt walk in the park. Lots of people out and overcast skies,but no rain here today.
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Little Spokane River — Jun 12, 2011 — Weluv2hike.
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Bugs
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There are alot of ticks on this trail. Had a total of 9 on us all, so if you go check yourself after...
There are alot of ticks on this trail. Had a total of 9 on us all, so if you go check yourself after the hike. We talked with a ranger the day before and she did say that the ticks are bad this year. The hike was a nice, lots of flowers. Another nice and sunny day.
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Little Spokane River — Jul 04, 2010 — Andresens
Day hike
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This trail is beautiful but hikers with small children be warned. The mosquitoes and poison ivy were...
This trail is beautiful but hikers with small children be warned. The mosquitoes and poison ivy were out in full force. We had to turn back after about a mile because of the hungry little monsters. If you bring repellent and aren't worried about little ones running into the bushes and getting covered with poison ivy this is a great hike close to town.
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Little Spokane River — Mar 21, 2010 — Todd
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Spring is begining to return to the Little Spokane River Natural Area. This is a great 3.5 mile hik...
Spring is begining to return to the Little Spokane River Natural Area. This is a great 3.5 mile hike right outside Spokane. I had four elementary school children along on the hike and they had a great time.
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Photo by Holly Weiler
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2013
Location
Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area
Little Spokane Natural Area
Statistics
Roundtrip 7.3 miles
Elevation Gain 1000 ft
Features
Rivers
Wildlife
User info
Good for kids
Discover Pass required

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