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Mount Spokane State Park - Quartz Mountain

Eastern Washington > Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene
47.9054, -117.1028 Map & Directions
4.7 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
756 feet
Highest Point
5,129 feet
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  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Old growth
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

Mount Spokane State Park has trails for all types, and something for every season. Hike in the summertime to the relocated fire lookout atop Quartz Mountain, or explore the area in a snowy winter wonderland via cross-country skis. Continue reading

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Hiking Mount Spokane State Park - Quartz Mountain

Located within the Nordic ski trail system, Quartz Mountain is the third highest summit within Mount Spokane State Park (5,129 feet, to be precise) but is among the easiest hikes in the area in summertime.

In winter all of the trails within the Nordic ski trail system are wide and well maintained for ease of winter grooming. They are also well marked, with trail signage and permanent maps located at each junction on the trail system. Winter access is slightly more difficult for Quartz Mountain, as the trail from the J4-Bypass (near Nova Hut) to the summit of Quartz Mountain is ungroomed. Backcountry-style Nordic ski equipment is advised. Snowshoes are not permitted within the Nordic ski area.

In summertime, the relocated fire lookout at the summit can be used as a rentable cabin for overnight use during the summer months. The lookout books several months in advance, so plan ahead in order to reserve a stay.  Two consecutive nights are required, and spending the night does require walking in on the trail system.

The views from the top of Quartz are excellent. A complete panorama of the Spokane Valley and north Idaho stretches out at your feet, including several lakes and prominent peaks from the Selkirk Range. It makes for a great short trip of just under five miles as a loop or an out-and-back.  Dogs are permitted on-leash during the summer.  Dogs are not permitted on the Nordic ski trails during the winter.

Hike Description Written by
Holly Weiler, WTA Correspondent

Mount Spokane State Park - Quartz Mountain

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.9054, -117.1028 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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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

From Spokane, take I-90 to the Argonne Road exit. Travel north on Argonne, which becomes Bruce Road. At the roundabout intersection with the Mount Spokane Highway (Hwy 206), travel east. The Mount Spokane Highway becomes Mount Spokane Park Drive at the park entrance (ranger station on the left).

Continue up Mount Spokane Park Drive and follow the signs for Selkirk Lodge and the Nordic trail system. Park at Selkirk Lodge. SnoPark permit with Special Grooming Sticker required from December 1 - April 30 each year. Discover Pass required during the summer.

More Hike Details


Eastern Washington > Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

Washington State Parks

Guidebooks & Maps

Mount Spokane State Park A User's Guide

Cris M. Currie and The Friends of Mount Spokane State Park

Gray Dog Press

Day Hiking Eastern Washington (Landers & Romano - Mountaineers)

USGS Mt. Kit Carson Quadrangle

USGS Mt. Spokane Quadrangle

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