greens along your hike in the spring and summer, or a marbled effect of vibrant reds and yellows in the fall. When you find yourself in an open area with few trees, look up: hikers frequently report spotting bald eagles soaring the skies overhead. After two and a half miles, you’ll arrive at the Rocks of Sharon, a geologic playground with spectacular views of the quaint fields and farming towns all around. By the time you head down the western portion of the loop, you’ll appreciate the shade on this section of the trail.
If you want more of a guarantee for seeing regional wildlife like elk, badger, and all sorts of wonderful waterfowl, head to Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge less than a half hour south of Spokane. There you can wander around miles of trails in the “Channeled Scabland”—a significant area once flooded numerous times by glacial melting.
Hiking the River
To the north of town, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs while hiking through Riverside State Park. Cross the swinging bridge at Bowl & Pitcher and enjoy the views of rushing rapids and all manner of basalt rock formations.
If you’re outdoors for a break from city life or to pummel your muscles in some uphill hikes, you’ll find Spokane—naturally—a perfect fit.