The Palisades Conservation Area must have been what the Chamber of Commerce had in mind when it came up with the Spokane logo, “Near Nature, Near Perfect.” Visitors to this city park can both view wildlife and native plants in the foreground and peer out over the cityscape from the edge of the basalt cliffs.
In the northern distance, Mount Spokane stands prominently on the horizon, flanked by the peaks in the Selkirk Range.
The trail system includes a mixture of converted roadbed and single-track trail passing through seasonal wetlands and massive rock outcroppings. Stick to the upper loop trails along Rimrock Drive for an easy hike with little elevation change. Explore the entire trail system to find hidden gems like Indian Canyon Falls, best viewed during spring melt-off, and also worth a winter visit to watch local ice climbers ascending the frozen falls.
- 7.0 miles, roundtrip
- Elevation Gain
- 500 feet
- Highest Point
- 2,200 feet
Hiking Palisades Park
Map & Directions
Co-ordinates: 47.6672, -117.4876 Open in Google Maps