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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.
Info: Iller Creek Conservation Area
- Distance: 8.0
Location: 47.6017, -117.281821
Hike south from the trailhead on E. Holman Road to begin the counterclockwise loop.
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The route climbs southwest along the ridgeline.
Location: 47.594718, -117.298622
After cresting the ridgetop, hike south.
Location: 47.582345, -117.294245
The route curves to the southeast and descends to a saddle below Big Rock.
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Descend north along the ridgeline.
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Bear left off the ridge for the final stretch back to the trailhead.