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Little Spokane Natural Area - Little Spokane River

Eastern Washington

Location

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

6.8 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 1010 ft.
Highest Point: 2459 ft.

Rating

2.50 out of 5

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WTA worked here: 2015
 

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Crawling with life, this gentle trail along the Spokane River is the perfect hike for a budding naturalist or nature-seeker. It's only a short drive from Spokane, so it's easily accessible and boasts a good variety of wildlife.

This loop hike begins at Painted Rocks in the Little Spokane Natural Area. Meander along with the river and then diverge from it when you meet the Knothead Trail. Towards the middle of the loop you'll climb a small hill to look out on modest views of Long Lake and the Spokane River.

Keep an eye out for wildlife on this hike; its marshy bogs and forest are home to deer, bald eagles, birds, ducks, herons and turkeys. If you go during the right seasons, you'll also find wildflower displays and a feast of mushrooms.

 

Little Spokane Natural Area - Little Spokane River

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.7810, -117.4965 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

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Getting There

From Spokane, take W Indian Trail Rd north for 5 miles, continuing onto Rural Route 5 (W Rutter Pkwy). Road will cross the river, in roughly 1000 feet the parking area and trailhead will be on the left.

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Little Spokane Natural Area - Little Spokane River

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