Trails for everyone, forever

Home Go Hiking Hiking Guide Dishman Hills Natural Area - Lost Ponds Trail

WTA is a nonprofit that needs you

We’re just as excited as you to get the summer hiking season started. We're psyched our website and work for trails help you get outside.

But we're a nonprofit run on donations from regular people. If everyone who visited this website this holiday weekend donated $9/month, it would fully fund our work for the next 2 years. Of course, time spent outdoors is priceless, but every donation large or small helps us support those experiences for everyone.

Please take 2 minutes to chip in $9.

$9 button

Thank you and happy hiking!


link

Dishman Hills Natural Area - Lost Ponds Trail

Eastern Washington

This is a great trail to observe seasonal changes within the Dishman Hills Natural Area. While the ponds may be lost by mid-summer, they are full of aquatic life in the spring. Continue reading

Location

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene
Jump to Map & Directions

Length

0.83 miles of trails

Elevation

Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 2296 ft.

Rating

1.00 out of 5

  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

This is a great trail to observe seasonal changes within the Dishman Hills Natural Area. While the ponds may be lost by mid-summer, they are full of aquatic life in the spring. Lost Ponds Trail gets its name from the vernal ponds that exist along the route. Water depth varies by season or even from one year to the next, so visitors can never know exactly what to expect.

The pond on the north side of the trail can be an excellent place to visit for a frog chorus on spring evenings. The pond on the south side of the trail may be non-existent for several years, and suddenly one spring threaten to overtake the trail, only to recede again just as quickly. 

Lost Ponds is a trail segment connecting between Eagle Peak Loop and Nimbus Knob Loop. The easiest way to get to Lost Ponds from Camp Caro, the main parking lot for the Dishman Hills, is to hike the main trail past the outdoor amphitheater and then hike through Enchanted Ravine.

When Enchanted Ravine intersects the Eagle Peak Loop, hikers can choose to extend the hike by hiking the entire loop, or can shorten the hike by staying on the west side of the loop. A small cairn marks the intersection of the Eagle Peak Loop and Nimbus Knob Loop; turn west to continue to Lost Ponds. The easiest route back to Camp Caro is via the Pinecliff Loop Trail, or an easy extension is follow the East/West Pond Loop.  

Hike by WTA Correspondents
Holly Weiler

Dishman Hills Natural Area - Lost Ponds Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.6546, -117.2894 Open in Google Maps

Trailhead

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

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

See weather forecast

Guidebooks & Maps

https://yxa.b0b.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Dishman-Hills-DHC-Natural-Area-Trail-Map-Camp_Caro-PDF-1.pdf

Getting There

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. 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

You can improve or add to this guidebook entry

Dishman Hills Natural Area - Lost Ponds Trail

4 Trip Reports

Hiked here recently?

Submit a trip report!
 
Trip Reports