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Riverside State Park - Bowl & Pitcher

Eastern Washington > Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene
47.6962, -117.4941 Map & Directions
Length
2.1 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
166 feet
Highest Point
2165 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy
Riverside State Park. Photo by Criada. Full-size image
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers

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This short hike boasts a lot of bang for your buck. At just 2.1 miles, the loop won't take too long, but you'll enjoy views of an impressive river, rocky outcroppings, and some expansive views. Continue reading

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Hiking Riverside State Park - Bowl & Pitcher

This short hike boasts a lot of bang for your buck. At just 2.1 miles, the loop won't take too long, but you'll enjoy expansive views of an impressive river and rocky outcroppings.

Start out by hiking across a swinging bridge at Bowl & Pitcher. This impressive bridge was built — like so many trail structures in the Spokane area — by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). From the bridge, you can see large basalt structures rising out of the river as you cross into Riverside State Park.

Once you're across the bridge, decide whether you're going to head upstream or downstream. Heading downstream, you'll pass rapids on the Spokane River, a CCC camp (perhaps where they were staged while building the bridge) and a basalt bench with views of the river. Choosing the upstream path offers a closer look at the basalt formations in and near the river.

Whichever way you go, you'll find a route across the river and back to the trailhead, creating a loop trip.

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Riverside State Park - Bowl & Pitcher

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Co-ordinates: 47.6962, -117.4941 Open in Google Maps

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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 Interstate 90, take the Maple Street Bridge exit, Exit 280. Go north across the Maple Street Bridge, and about one mile further north to Maxwell St., where you will turn left. Follow Maxwell as it winds west and then north as Pettit Drive past the golf course and into Riverside State Park. The trailhead is at Bowl and Pitcher, about two miles north of the park entrance along Aubrey L. White Parkway. Discover Pass required.

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Eastern Washington > Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

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