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Mt. Spokane Snowshoe Trails

Best known for its downhill and Nordic ski areas, Mt. Spokane is also a great place to snowshoe! There are six official trails ranging from easy to difficult.

Hike of the Week:

January 21, 2008

Mt Spokane
In addition to downhill skiing and groom cross country trails, Mount Spokane State Park offers plenty of snowshoeing opportunities throughout the winter. Photo by Billy Bender.


Location: 25 miles NE of Spokane
Distance: Several choices 1.5 to 4 miles roundtrip
Elevation: from 240 to 1350 feet gain
Maps: USGS Mt Spokane & Mt Kit Carson; Mt Spokane snowshoe map

Why Go?

Best known for its downhill and Nordic ski areas, Mt. Spokane is also a great place to snowshoe!  Mt. Spokane State Park is a year-round recreational gem that boasts one of the inland Northwest's tallest peaks at 5889 feet; it is also Washington's largest state park.

In winter, it is snowy here even when the city is not.  The mountain averages 300 inches of snow a year!

Snowshoes are permitted throughout the park, except in the designated Nordic and downhill ski areas. There are six official trails ranging from easy to difficult. Friends of Mt. Spokane posts a summary of each trail on their website, and along with the snowshoe map, you can make quite a day of it.

The trails are northeast of the Nordic area, and two of the best climb to a CCC Cabin (4 miles roundtrip) where you can warm up inside, and to the top of Mt. Spokane (3 1/4 miles roundtrip), which is also the top of the ski hill and sports a cafeteria. Not exactly a wilderness experience, but lots fun.

For More Information:

Mt. Spokane State Park (509) 238-6845; Friends of Mt. Spokane (for summary of trails & map)

Directions:

From Spokane, take Hwy 2 north 10 miles. In Mead, go right (east) for 15 miles to Mt. Spokane State Park.  A regular Sno-Park pass and groomed Sno-Park pass are required to park at the trailhead.

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