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Backpacker Magazine – September 2010

Local Hikes: Spokane, WA

The best hikes near Spokane.

by: Kim Phillips




Your Guide

Spokane Mountaineers (spokanemountaineers.org)

Your Hikes
» Big rock, Iller Creek Conservation Area Located in the hills southeast of town, this five-mile loop climbs an undulating ridgeline to Big Rock, a 3,600-foot high point overlooking the Spokane Valley, and 3,612-foot Steptoe Butte, a grassy mound 38 miles to the south. Miles from city center 12; Trip ID 759000

» Three Peaks Loop, Mt. Spokane SP Tag Mt. Kit Carson, Day Mountain, and Mt. Spokane in one 14-mile hike. In addition to showcasing summit views into Idaho, Montana, and Canada, the route winds through 100-year-old Douglas fir and western larch and tracks through meadows covered in larkspur and phlox. “It’s only 45 minutes from downtown, but it feels worlds away,” says hiking committee co-chair Holly Weiler. Miles from city center 29; Trip ID 769990




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