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Mount Spokane State Park - Eight Peaks Tour

Eastern Washington

Location

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

25.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Highest Point: 5889 ft.

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This grand tour of Mount Spokane State Park includes all eight summits within Washington's largest state park.

To get the most out of this hike, begin at the large SnoPark parking lot adjacent to the alpine ski access road and summit road, located at the bottom of Trail 130. This allows hikers to store resupply food and water in the car since no matter how one hikes it, one will need to pass back through the parking lot during the hike.

The park can be roughly split into two halves, with four peaks each on the west and east sides. The easiest order to hike is as follows, beginning on the west side:
1. Beauty Mountain (fifth tallest at 5,100 feet)
2. Mount Kit Carson (second highest at 5,282 feet)
3. Day Mountain (sixth highest at 5,057 feet)
4. Mount Spokane (tallest at 5,889 feet)

Then pass through the parking lot to begin the east side portion on the Nordic trail system:
5. Shadow Mountain (eighth highest at 4,890 feet)
6. Horse Mountain (fourth highest at 5,103 feet)
7. Quartz Mountain (third highest at 5,129 feet)
8. Ragged Mountain* (seventh highest at 4,900 feet)

*Remember to call the park first to get permission to access this peak, located within a Natural Area Preserve. Access is limited to hikers only.

This grand tour of the peaks also includes much of the park's history (the CCC cabin; the 1934 Vista House; the Cook's Cabin area, with the restoration project of the woodshed and site of the old ski lodge; the old Mount Spokane fire lookout, now a reservable rental on Quartz Mountain), as well as some unique alpine and sub-alpine ecosystems.

The entire route is approximately 25 miles in length with only some overlap in trail traveled, but the hike could easily be split into shorter segments. No backpacking is allowed in Mount Spokane State Park, so this one is for day hiking only.

 

Mount Spokane State Park - Eight Peaks Tour

Map & Directions

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Co-ordinates: 47.9047, -117.1026 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

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Guidebooks & Maps

Mount Spokane State Park: A User's Guide by Cris Currie

Free printable maps at http://mountspokane.org

Getting There

Take Highway 206 (Mount Spokane Highway) north to the park entrance. Continue on the park road to the intersection with the summit road (approximately 3.5 miles). Turn right into the large SnoPark parking lot adjacent to the ski area access and across from the turn off for the Summit Road.

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