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Where to 'Shoe

I finally got snowshoes.  This is a big step (no pun intended) because I always liked the idea of snowshoeing, but not necessarily the act of snowshoeing.  It always seemed like SO much work to me.  See, I also love to downhill ski.  And the beauty of downhill skiing is that it requires little to no work to access thousands of vertical feet and acres of fresh powder.  So why did I finally break down and get snowshoes?  Three reasons:  It's great exercise, it's cheap and I can backcountry ski in places no one else has touched.  Awesome, I know.  There's only one problem . . . okay, two problems.  First, I've never snowshoed a day in my life.  Second, I have no idea where to snowshoe around Spokane.  The first problem can be easily remedied with practice.  But where should I go to get this practice?  I've heard Mount Spokane State Park is THE place to snowshoe.  Any suggestions?

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Hey, Ski4life! Definitely head up to Mt. Spokane State Park with those new shoes! There are miles of trails for shoers to explore ranging from beginner to expert. For a good intermediate trail check out Trail 103. Starting from the snowshoe/snowmobile parking lot I took Trail 103 all the way to the CCC bathrooms and overlook. From there I turned off the trail and set my sights on the top of Mt. Spokane, going straight up the south face to the Vista House. Very tough, but very rewarding! The views from the Vista House are gorgeous. And don't forget to enjoy the trip back down the mountain. It's always fun to run and jump off the little drops when the landing is SO soft. Overall the trip took 2.5 - 3 hours, but was well worth the time. I would highly recommend trying it out!

On December 5, 2008 at 12:00 AM Joseph Johnson wrote:

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