Overview: This is a fun day hike around Mt. Spokane. The hike takes you to areas of the State Park that most people never see. It is rated... more »
This is a fun day hike around Mt. Spokane. The hike takes you to areas of the State Park that most people never see. It is rated... more » moderate, but gauge your own skills. In the heat of summer, it can be a long hike. Expect not to encounter others during most of this hike.
Hike Time: 5:59:10
Distance: 11 miles
Average Pace: 25:23 /mile
Fastest Pace: 12:54 /mile
Ascent/Descent: 2611 feet
Calories: 1909 less «
• If you are viewing this on the phone App - go online for web links to park resources, trail video, and 360º panorama... more » interactive photos - www.everytrail.com
• Mt. Spokane State Park requires a Washington State Parks Discover Pass ($30 annual or $10 single day use). WA State Parks no longer receive any of your tax dollars. Their operations are financed by user fees. There is a $99 fine for not having a Discover Pass.
• Mt. Spokane, as all state and national parks, is dog leashed only - there is a $75 fine for having your dog off leash. Respect others and stay safe. There is wildlife on Mt. Spokane, you do not need your dog making a moose mad. You probably don't want to know the fine and potential jail time penalties for you dog chasing wildlife.
• There is wildlife on Mt. Spokane, although, statistically you are not likely to encounter any. Still, know what to do.
• As always, pack out what you bring in. Don't leave trash, nor discard things like apple cores. They are not natural to the mountain, please take them back out with you. less «
This hike is easy in that you are really just staying on Trail 130 all the way around - although, you do follow some of the ski runs going up by Chairlift 4. Its a more interesting route. You can go either direction, does not make much difference on the level of difficulty. Hiking clockwise on the loop is perhaps a better choice, as the more... More picturesque areas are encountered first.
WARNING: As you start going west from Chairlift 4, there is seeding tall grass in late August and early September. If you have any level of allergies, be prepared. The pollen can be so intense that even if you never have suffered from allergies, you might find yourself sneezing with itchy eyes.Less
There are a number of cabins on Mt. Spokane. Good to know if your caught out in the rain. Or cold weather.
Knowing the location of the CCC Cabin is critical for activities on Mt. Spokane. The former State Park headquarters, today it offer sanctuary from the weather, picnic tables and a central location if you have to call for help.
As you start going up on Mt. Kit Carson, you hit some more serious elevation gain. Its steep - its advisable to stop and catch your breath - still a long hike ahead.
The peak at Mt. Kit Carson is a destination on its own. Well worth the hike out to it. For the hiking community, this is the most common destination in the Mt. Spokane State... More Park.Less
Day Mountain is probably my favorite peak at Mount Spokane. It is by far the most picturesque and a great place to stop for a snack.
This peak is surprising in how few people hike out to it. It would seem like a natural hike to loop around after Mt. Kit Carson. There's wonderful meadows leading up to the peak. The area between Mt. Kit Carson... More and Day Mountain is also a nice huckleberry picking area. This past August, I even saw some evidence of bears having been through eating huckleberries.
Which brings up the topic of bear bells. You are unlikely to encounter any bears, cats or moose, but they are all present in Mt. Spokane State Park. It is recommended to have a bear bell on your pack, especially if hiking solo. On the Mt. Spokane Loop, this is when you should break out the bear bell. The bell is a nuisance to listen to, but well worth alerting wildlife that you are approaching.
This is the point where Trail 130 takes off from Upper Kit Carson Loop Road, and wraps around Mt. Spokane.
Keep an eye out, as you hike down from Day Mountain you get some views of valleys to the north that can only be seen from here.
The next few miles are relatively flat, so a great section to stretch your legs and get some faster hiking... More in. The other side of the mountain is slow hiking, so take advantage of the easy hiking surface.
If in a group, keep talking. This is the side of the mountain where you are more likely to encounter wildlife. Not many people come out this way. You are most likely to encounter a mountain biker who's in for distance as opposed to flying down the side of the mountain.Less
Along this area is the natural place to stop for lunch. You will come across some nice spots in the woods to take the pack off and stretch out for some well deserved lunch. This is the type of hike my old departed friend John would call a Gouda cheese and apple hike. He would plop down and pull out cheese & crackers from his pack like he... More was getting ready to host a fancy dinner party. Sure beats the bologna and cheese sandwich so many hikers bring along.
On the topic of hiking food, a good source of hiking protein is hard boiled eggs. Prepare at home... Use a pin to punch a hole in the bottom of the eggs, bring a pot of water to a boil, use a spoon to drop the eggs in the boiling water. Keep at a boil for exactly 10 minutes. Drain and cool off eggs for 30 seconds in running cold water. Stick in a sandwich bag and bring along - peel on the trail. On hot days, eat at your first rest stop. On this hike it would have been on Mt. Kit Carson. My 12 miniature Schnauzer is so used to this treat he sits down waits till he's served his egg.Less
You are at the intersection of Trail 130 and Chairlift 4 on the ski runs. You can continue on around on Trail 130, it is the easier hike. The more scenic and fun hike is to go up the ski run. You do not go up the ultra steep ski run section, but it is long. The terrain is nice for cross-country hiking on a ski run. You should be wearing... More properly fitted hiking boots. A trekking pole is nice on the long incline.
As always when hiking on a ski run, keep an eye out for "fallen" stuff. Never know what type of ski run booty you might come across.Less
The incline is not steep, just loooonnnnngggg. It is made worse in August due to the seeding tall grass. Be prepared during that time of year.
Otherwise, this is a scenic area. Very few people come out here outside of winter ski season. Its a different feel to hike along the ski runs in the summer. In Colorado and throughout Europe, hiking... More ski runs is common place.Less
You are approaching the end of the hike. If you are out in early August, its time to take a quick break for some huckleberries.
HUCKLEBERRIES: Since you've read this far, FYI - this is the 2nd best spot for huckleberries in Mt. Spokane State Park. First two weeks or so of August. Go up next to the last green ski lift tower (No Alibi ski run)... More right beside Trail 130 and your in the thick of the huckleberries. Some people come pick berries up from the bottom of the run, but up here, hardly anyone comes. Even has the red leafed plants with sweet redish huckleberries, which I believe are the "real" huckleberries.Less