The Rocks of Sharon call to hikers and climbers alike, large granitic rocks rising up from the ridgline surrounded by a rich ecosystem and prime wildlife habitat. From the rocks you have views south over the Palouse to Steptoe Butte and north over the Spokane Valley and Mt. Spokane. "Big Rock" is a gigantic rock extending 230’ from the ground surface that is visible for several miles.
This close-in hike offers a quick escape from the city where rock climbers often go to practice their skills on the towering granite. Hikers can enjoy views of the valley while watching the climbers practice. Or if you are lucky enough to experience this place in solitude, while the fog rolls off the valley, Big Rock will take on an other worldly feel, that you will not soon forget.
From the parking lot head up the road to the right. Following the old road for a just under half-a-mile to where you reach an opening. Take the winding path to the right. Enjoy the gentle switchbacks that have replaced the brutal path cut straight up the hill.
As you climb looks for signs of the local moose that roam Dishman Hills. After roughly 3/4 a mile you will reach the base of Rocks of Sharon. The valley views and geological details of the rocks make this a great spot to sit and take it all in. Or you can make a larger loop by continuing to explore Iller Creek.
From I-90 Spokane Valley: Take Argonne Road exit, #287. Drive south on Argonne Rd. Continue past Sprague Avenue onto Dishman-Mica Road, follow for 7.3 miles to the intersection with SR-27. Turn right on SR-27 and go south for 2.7 miles. Turn right onto the Palouse Highway and follow 4.9 miles to the intersection with Stevens Creek Road. Turn right on Stevens Creek Road and follow 2.4 miles to the new parking area.
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