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Fishtrap Lake - Scroggie Loop

Eastern Washington

Location

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene
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Length

3.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 2260 ft.

Rating

2.50 out of 5

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WTA worked here: 2020
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 
 

Scroggie Loop is an excellent hike for viewing wildlife and spring wildflowers. With open terrain that passes through occasional stands of Ponderosa pines and past seasonal wetlands, hikers get to experience the variety of the desert country just west of Spokane. Listen for turkeys, watch for deer, and linger near the water to observe birds.

Begin the hike by walking through the trailhead gate, being sure to latch it closed behind as this is range land. The trail consists of old farm roads marked with carsonite trail markers.

From the trailhead begin by hiking southwest, contouring around several large wetlands in the first mile. As the trail turns west, enter a section with open grasslands. When the trail begins to turn to complete the loop it nears more pines, an excellent place for watching the resident mule deer population.

The entire marked loop is three miles in length, but could be extended by exploring additional farm roads on the property. Just stay within the fenced area, as this parcel of public land is surrounded by private property. There is no access to Fishtrap Lake from this trail.

 

Fishtrap Lake - Scroggie Loop

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.3335, -117.7777 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

Bureau of Land Management

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Guidebooks & Maps

Best Desert Hikes: Washington (Bauer & Nelson - Mountaineers Books)

On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods (Bruce Bjornstad - Keokee Books)

Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Rosalia

Getting There

From Spokane, drive west on Interstate 90. Exit the freeway at exit 254, signed for Fishtrap/Sprague Highway. Turn south here, and 2.4 miles from I-90, turn left on Fishtrap Road.

Continue on this road for 1.2 miles to the Fishtrap Lake Resort, then bear left onto Scroggie Road--a nice gravel road leading across the end of the lake area. Drive 1.4 miles up Scroggie Road on the south side of Fishtrap Lake and pull off to the right at the signed and fenced parking area.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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