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Riverside State Park - Bowl & Pitcher

Start your hike by crossing the swinging bridge at Bowl & Pitcher. Choose an upstream or downstream destination. Downstream will take hikers past rapids on the Spokane River, a CCC camp and a basalt bench with views. Upstream offers an intriguing peak at basalt formations. Both offer options to cross the river and create a loop trip.
Driving Directions:

From Interstate 90, take the Maple Street Bridge exit, Exit 280. Go north across the Maple Street Bridge, and about one mile further north to Maxwell St., where you will turn left. Follow Maxwell as it winds west and then north as Pettit Drive past the golf course and into Riverside State Park. The trailhead is at Bowl and Pitcher, about two miles north of the park entrance along Aubrey L. White Parkway. Discover Pass required.

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Riverside State Park - Bowl & Pitcher — Mar 22, 2014 — Medusa La Stone
Day hike
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A nice sunny day to climb basalt rocks and look down at the swollen Spokane River. Trail has a few m...
A nice sunny day to climb basalt rocks and look down at the swollen Spokane River. Trail has a few muddy parts but nothing out of the ordinary for this time of year.

Tromped through the woods and made a loop back to the bridge. Lots of people out mountain biking and walking the trails. ^_^
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Riverside State Park - Bowl & Pitcher — Mar 20, 2014 — vongoebel
Day hike
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The Spokane river is raging right now, lending an especially dynamic element to any trip to the ol' ...
The Spokane river is raging right now, lending an especially dynamic element to any trip to the ol' Bowl & Pitcher until the high water subsides. I took a little pre-work day stroll though the park today with my trash picking apparatus and a couple grocery bags and managed to fill them both. Lots of those "courteous jerks" dog owners who bag the poop, then toss it off in the bushes. Thanks ya'll, when it comes time to decide if dogs are welcome somewhere or not, unfortunately for responsible dog owners... your kind is the more powerful ambassador. Aside from that trail conditions are good, no snow nor ice left to speak of, Spring is here!
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Riverside State Park - Bowl & Pitcher — Jan 26, 2014 — vongoebel
Day hike
Issues: Snow on trail
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First time visiting the Bowl & Pitcher and I was impressed! There are a lot of trails and side trail...
First time visiting the Bowl & Pitcher and I was impressed! There are a lot of trails and side trails to wander around on, but for me the biggest attraction was the gigantic basalt formations. I found some well worn scramble routes up some of them, and spied some roads less traveled up others that I'll have to come back and give a go. Much much more to discover at this gem right in my backyard! There is a lot of rather thick and slippery ice in place on the main trail, but overall I wouldn't say traction is required.
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Riverside State Park - Bowl & Pitcher — Aug 05, 2013 — Holly Weiler
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
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This six-mile loop starts from the dayuse area of the Bowl & Pitcher campground in Riverside State P...
This six-mile loop starts from the dayuse area of the Bowl & Pitcher campground in Riverside State Park (Discover Pass required).

I started by crossing the bridge over the Spokane River, and then heading downstream on trail 25. Just a little past the picnic shelter I left trail 25 and the riverside by heading uphill on trail 210. This trail intersects and crosses Centennial Trail within the first mile, and then climbs its only major hill immediately after the crossing. At the top, park visitors are rewarded with an outstanding view of the burn area and the river.

From here, the trail descends one steep/rocky section before intersecting Centennial Trail again. Turn left (downstream) on Centennial for about 100' and watch for the trail to the right (just before the mile 32 marker on Centennial Trail). Return to the river, intersect another segment of trail 25, and then return to Bowl and Pitcher by following trail 25 upstream. (Trail 25 is an excellent long route in the park: follow the whole loop to cover twenty-five miles!).
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Bowl and Pitcher #25, Riverside State Park — May 24, 2012 — HelloMsLewis
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Bugs
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We did a five mile round trip hike along the Spokane River after crossing the bridge and heading rig...
We did a five mile round trip hike along the Spokane River after crossing the bridge and heading right. Bugs moderate, less than expected fellow hikers. The Balsam Leaf Arrowroot flowers were finishing blooming, other wildflowers moderate.

Trail dry, clean and an easy hike. Plenty more here to see.
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Riverside State Park — Mar 19, 2012 — ExploringFamilies
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About 10 families parked at the Day Use area on a Discovery Pass free day. We walked across the swi...
About 10 families parked at the Day Use area on a Discovery Pass free day. We walked across the swinging bridge just north of Bowl and Pitcher. We then turned left and walked north, going parallel to the Spokane River. The kids were ages 6-14 and it was perfect for all. The trail was easy to follow, easy for all hiking abilities, and the views of the river were spectacular. We went on a day that seemed windy at first but once on the trail amidst the trees, there was no bitter cold wind. The hawk circling above the river was exciting to watch and the birds floating on the river were wonderful.
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Riverside State Park. Photo by Jessa Lewis.
Location
Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area
User info
Discover Pass required
Guidebooks & Maps
USGS Spokane NW

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