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Dishman Hills Natural Area - Goldback Springs

Eastern Washington > Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene
47.6529, -117.2891 Map & Directions
Length
2.6 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
800 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy/Moderate
Grass Widow flower. Photo by Holly Weiler Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Fall foliage

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

Dishman Hills Natural Area's Goldback Spring Loop is located southeast of the main parking area at Camp Caro. The best way to access the Goldback Spring Loop is by combining a trip here with the Deep Ravine Loop. Continue reading

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Hiking Dishman Hills Natural Area - Goldback Springs

Dishman Hills Natural Area's Goldback Spring Loop is located southeast of the main parking area at Camp Caro. The best way to access the Goldback Spring Loop is by combining a trip here with the Deep Ravine Loop.

Look for the first trail to the east after passing through Camp Caro's breezeway and beginning to head up the main trail. This trail climbs a series of rocky outcroppings with rock steps to access Deep Ravine. To complete the loop clockwise, stay left at the first intersection and pass through Deep Ravine. Deep Ravine intersects Goldback Spring at its namesake, where a short wooden bridge crosses the spring. The spring may have running water in the early season, but it generally dries up by mid-summer.

Just beyond the wooden bridge the trail reaches an unmarked intersection. To continue to hike the loop clockwise, bear left and head slightly downhill. Hikers will pass a small entrance to the Dishman Hills at 12th Ave., then continue on the Goldback Springs Loop for just over a quarter mile.

From there the trail climbs for half a mile to an intersection with the Eagle Peak Loop and options for further exploration. To return to Camp Caro, take the trail to the south. Hikers have the option of returning via Enchanted Ravine, the western half of the Deep Ravine Loop, or by returning to the starting trail on the eastern half of the Deep Ravine Loop.

Hike Description Written by
Holly Weiler, WTA Correspondent

Dishman Hills Natural Area - Goldback Springs

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.6529, -117.2891 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

driving directions

Camp Caro is located at 625 S. Sargent Road, Spokane Valley, WA 99212. If traveling eastbound, take Appleway Blvd. to Sargent Road and turn south on Sargent.

If traveling westbound, take Sprague Ave. to Sargent Road, turn south and proceed through the 4-way stop at 1st Ave., then cross Appleway Blvd. During the summer months, typically mid-May through mid-September, the upper parking lot at Camp Caro is open with space for 26 vehicles and access to a playground, picnic tables, and restrooms.

During early fall until late spring when the upper lot is closed, all visitors must use the overflow parking lot located just west of Sargent Road and just south of Appleway. 

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Take the bus to the trailhead! Plan your trip by bus using TOTAGO.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Eastern Washington > Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

Spokane County Parks with Dishman Hills Conservancy and Washington Department of Natural Resources

Guidebooks & Maps

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