Spokane Hiking Trails
The beauty of Spokane is that you don't need to drive hours to go for a beautiful hike. You’ll find that Spokane hiking trails will challenge your endurance and amaze you with beautiful scenery. If you love to hike or mountain bike look no further than the surrounding Spokane area for our favorite trails that both locals and visitors are sure to enjoy.
15 Hiking or Biking Trails Everyone Can Do
#1 Iller Creek/ Rocks of Sharon, Dishman Hills Conservation Area
Mileage: 5-mile loop from Iller Creek trailhead
Iller Creek is a local favorite hike because its relatively short but has incredible rewards at the top. With 360-degree views atop the Rocks of Sharon, you can see Steptoe Butte in the distance of the beautiful terrain of the Palouse.
#2 Rimrock Drive, Palisades Park
Mileage: 1-7 miles multiple trails
This hike is ideal if you want a quick getaway from the city. With multiple intersecting trails, this park features amazing views of Downtown Spokane. Hop onto Trail 121, about a mile in distance, and be led to a hidden waterfall. Dogs can use this trail but should be kept on leash.
#3 Dishman Hills Natural Area
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Mileage: 2-8 miles depending on the routes
Dishman Hills Natural Area is close to the city but nestled just south of I-90. The interior trails are wooded and shaded so you won't even realize how close the city is. Halfway up the trails, you'll reach Eagle Peak which offers panoramic views of Spokane, the Valley, and the Idaho Panhandle.
#4 Liberty Lake Loop
Mileage: 8-mile loop
During the spring, the waterfall is flowing perfectly about halfway up the loop trail. If you do the loop clockwise the first two miles are pretty flat until you reach the cedar grove but, you'll gain the rest of the 1,200 feet in elevation in the next two miles following. The counterclockwise route has a steep grade the first mile in but, flattens out afterwards for a gradual ascent to the top.
#5 Mt Kit Carson Trail, Mt Spokane State Park
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Mileage: 7 miles one way
There are over 100 miles of hiking trails in Mt Spokane State Park but, the Mt Kit Carson trail is worth the hike for its stunning views. Plus, this hike is severely unrated meaning its likely to be less crowded. Mileage does vary based on your starting point. The trail can be accessed by Trail 130 or Trail 160. The short option is from Cook's Cabin trailhead off the Summit Road. More on Mt Spokane State Park Trails here.
#6 Palouse Falls
Palouse Falls is an Eastern Washington natural treasure. Amidst miles and miles of farmland and suddenly this massive waterfall is right in the heart of it all. If you're feeling adventurous you can walk the trail to the top of the falls and even scramble to the base of the waterfall but, not without caution. The prime time to use this trail is spring to early summer when river runoff is at its peak.
#7 Bowl & Pitcher, Riverside State Park
Mileage: 1-5 miles multiple trails
There are numerous trails that begin with a walk over the Spokane River on a beautiful suspension bridge. Take an easy stroll or prepare for an all-day adventure. With 14,000 acres Riverside is the largest state park in Washington.
#8 Knothead Loop, Little Spokane River
Difficulty: Moderate to Hard
Mileage: 7 miles loop with a significant elevation gain
This hike starts off flat and boasts views of the Indian Painted Rocks. beyond the rocks, you'll continue on the loop for a tough hike that's every bit worth the view.
#9 Deep Creek Canyon, Riverside State Park
Mileage: 5 miles roundtrip
You'll find great diversity in the landscape and vegetation in a short distance on this hike. Deep Creek Canyon features a creek bed, ascension through basalt outcroppings and a higher overlook with opportunity for large bird sightings.
#10 Antoine Peak Conservation Area
Mileage: 5.5-mile loop
A hike near the Spokane Valley, Antoine Peak is less trafficked that Dishman Hills. The west side access offers a direct route to the summit of the peak. Off the cliff overlooking the Spokane River, you can also see Arbor Crest Winery.
#11 Saltese Uplands Conservation Area
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Mileage: 4 miles
This moderately trafficked loop trail is located near Liberty Lake and boasts a beautiful view of the lake and wildflowers during the summer season. Dogs are able to use this trail be should be kept on leash.
#12 Beacon Hill, Shields Park
Mileage: 2-5 miles
This may be the most central hiking area for the Spokane region. This trail is used by hikers, bikers and rock climbers at the Minnehaha Rocks. Beacon Hill trail is best used March through October and is considered a heavily trafficked loop.
#13 Tubbs Hill, Coeur d'Alene Idaho
Mileage: 2.5-mile loop
This is a popular hike on the edge of Lake Coeur d'Alene and it's a short drive from Downtown Spokane. Featuring amazing lake views, this hike is ideal during the summer because you can find hidden beach spots in the middle of your hike and jump in to cool off.
#14 High Drive Bluff
Mileage: 9-mile loop
This moderately trafficked loop trail is located near Spokane, Washington on the South Hill. Don't be scared of the mileage on this trail. The beauty of the High Drive Bluff is that you can pick any trail and hike for as long or as little as you desire. The trail sits on the western edge of the South hill and overlooks Highway 195 and the West Plains. It's a perfect hiking spot where you wouldn't expect to find one.
#15 Indian Cliff Trail, Heyburn State Park
Mileage: 3 miles out and back
This is a relatively easy hike within Heyburn State Park with beautiful open views of the southern end of Lake Coeur d'Alene. Heyburn State Park was established in 1908, making it the oldest state park in the Northwest.