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Mount Spokane State Park - Upper Trail 140

Eastern Washington


Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene
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3.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 1341 ft.
Highest Point: 5867 ft.


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Hike a huckleberry-dotted trail to the summit of Mount Spokane for views of lush forest, farmland, and lakes. You can even explore the site of an old fire lookout.

Drive the Summit Road approximately one mile past Bald Knob campground to the switchback parking lot and trailhead near Cook’s Cabin. Enter the trail system by crossing the Summit Road and hiking downhill on the Mount Kit Carson Loop Road for less than one-quarter mile, and watch for the intersection with Trail 140 to the right.

The beginning of this segment of Trail 140 is located in a huckleberry patch, which may prove distracting for those who visit the trail in August. For those who manage to tear themselves away, the trail climbs through alpine forest on a trail that was rerouted in the summer of 2013.

As the you climb, the views open up: Chattaroy’s mix of timber and farmland lies to the west, and the Selkirk Range is visible on the northern horizon. The trail crosses through alpine meadows and passes scree slopes on its way to the summit of the park’s namesake peak.

Once at the top, don’t miss the opportunity to venture left and up to Vista House, a 1934 historic structure built of native stone, where the upper story was the park’s original fire lookout. To the right, the cell and radio towers look uninviting, but from a vantage just beyond the towers one can view several local lakes from viewing markers installed by a Boy Scout troop.


Mount Spokane State Park - Upper Trail 140

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Co-ordinates: 47.8859, -117.0864 Open map in new window


Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

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USGS Mt. Spokane Quadrangle

USGS Mt. Kit Carson Quadrangle

Getting There

From Spokane, take Hwy 2 north 10 miles. In Mead, turn right and head east for 15 miles to Mount Spokane State Park. Discover Pass required.

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