Mt Spokane State Park

Mt Spokane State Park is known as a hub for year-round adventures. As one of Washington’s largest state parks, Mt Spokane has over 100 miles of trails within the dense forest of the Selkirk Mountains. Mount Spokane State Park boasts a multitude of panoramic views, meaning you can hike for days and not see the same view twice. Kit Carson, Day Mountain, and Mount Spokane are waiting for you to conquer them.

Quick Links

 

Park Features

Mount Spokane State Park spans over 13,900 acres. The beauty of Mount Spokane is that it offers year-round recreation like nordic skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, camping, horseback riding, biking, and hiking trails, berry picking, and much more within just an hour drive from Downtown Spokane! The summit of the mountain reaches 5,883 feet and boasts insane panoramic views. Mount Spokane State Park has over 100 miles of trails to explore on your next hiking adventure. Mountain bikers and equestrian lovers have over 80 miles of trails to explore for long rides. Moose can be found on the mountain so, keep your eyes open for them during your adventure. 

Skiing and snowboarding are a highlight of the mountain during the winter with nearly 37 miles of nordic ski trails through varying terrain for all types of skiers. During the winter, the park receives about 25 feet of snow. More than 18 miles of groomed trails are also available for snowmobilers. Snowshoeing, back-country skiing and snowboarding can also be enjoyed on other designated trail systems in the park that aren’t groomed.

Camping

There’s something about camping with your loved ones that create lifelong memories. Mount Spokane has eight standard campsites, all with running water and flush restrooms. If you’re planning to camp on Mount Spokane, keep in mind that all campsites are first come first serve. Check-in time begins at 2:30 pm and check-out is at 1 pm. For a unique overnight stay experience, spend the night in the fire lookout that sits on the rocky summit of Quartz Mountain within Mount Spokane State Park.

The Quartz Mountain Fire Lookout is perched at an elevation of 5,129 feet, providing outstanding views of Spokane Valley, the North Idaho panhandle and the Selkirk Mountains. You can spend the day hiking through wildflowers and picking huckleberries. As the sun begins to set, watch from the comfort of this cozy wood-frame fire lookout with wrap-around windows. A propane stove is available for visitors to use for cooking but, you will want to pack in your own food. The 14-by-14-foot accommodations sleep four comfortably but, leave the pets at home for this trip. In the morning, enjoy a cup of coffee on the deck. You won’t find electricity in the lookout, making this the perfect destination to unplug for your vacation. Grab your family or friends and stay at the Quartz Mountain Lookout anytime June 15th through September 30th. For more information visit the Washington State Parks website.

Discover Pass

During the summer, you’ll need a Discover Pass to park anywhere within the State Park for day use. Learn more on the Discover Pass webpage. If you don’t already have a discover pass, Mount Spokane State Park is equipped with an automated pay station for visitors to buy a one-day or annual Discover Pass and a one-day Sno-park permit. Sno-park permits are required everywhere within the park, excluding the alpine ski area parking lot during regular operation.

Mt Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park

Mt Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park is operated within Mount Spokane State Park as a non-profit, community-owned organization. The ski area has been a fixture in the community for the last 90 years and will continue to be the city of Spokane’s namesake mountain. Today, Mount Spokane has one of the last volunteer ski patrols in the nation. In the winter, skiers and boarders of all levels and ages flock to the mountain to immerse themselves in the terrain of snow-heavy trees and bright blue skies. Snowshoe trails beg to be tread and blankets of fluffy white snow demand the first tracks from anyone willing to bundle up and brave the winter weather.

Terrain Park

The stoke is real at all three different terrain parks on Mount Spokane. The main terrain park is the Half Hitch Terrain Park. It features intermediate to expert jumps, hits, rails and more for freestylers of most levels. Half Hitch is known for using the natural terrain to give riders the opportunity to hit both rails and jumps during a lap through the park. The terrain park begins at the top of the Half Hitch run. Mt Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park also features a natural terrain park located off of the Crash and Burn run. You can take Chair 3 to access Mount Spokane’s “Gnarwood Forest” natural terrain park. Some of the park’s features include clever uses of natural features and hits, as well as man-made natural rails and logs. If you see the Natural Park Freestyle Terrain entry sign, you’ve made it! Every shredder started somewhere, right? Mount Spokane has just the spot for all beginning shredders. Their Progression Park is located at the top of Chair 3. Once you hop off the lift head left to find smaller, progression-oriented tables, rails, and hits. Each terrain park is kept fresh with changes to the runs bi-weekly.

SkyTrac Ski Lift 

Mount Spokane’s newest chairlift, Chair 6, opened December 15th, 2018, but not all of the terrain was complete. Only 2 runs were open at the opening date, only about 30% of the new terrain. Toward the end of the season at least 80% of the runs were open for Chair 6. This year, Mount Spokane is stoked to have 100% of the terrain open for Chair 6 so skiers and boarders alike can enjoy the new lengthy groomed runs. The lift itself is over 4,900 feet in length, making it the longest ski lift SkyTrac has ever built to date. The expansion on Mount Spokane for Chair 6 has added 279 acres of terrain to the ski mountain making overall ski experience so much better. The new runs have consistent intermediate fall-lines meaning, they don’t need any intrusive cat tracks that cut up the terrain. You can expect stellar skiing with long fluid runs from Chair 6 on Mount Spokane this ski season.

Bus Service

For the 2019-2020 season, Mount Spokane is bringing back the bus service to help get riders to the mountain from Spokane. Beginning Saturday, December 28th through March 7th a 55-passenger van with equipment storage will be available for a shuttle from a few locations in Spokane up to the mountain and back. For more info about the Mt Spokane, bus service visit their website.

Tubing Hill

Spend the day tubing with family and friends at the top of the mountain at the Children’s Choice Tubing Hill. The tubing hill at Mount Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park has several lanes for tubing fun. A rope tow takes the work out of hauling the tube back up the mountain so, all sliders get back to the top for more laps of fun. When you see the chairlifts running on the ski area, you’ll know you’ve made it to the Tubing Hill at the top of the mountain. The Tubing Hill is open weekends and holidays. To see Tubing Hill rates and get tickets online, visit their page.

For the 2019-2020 season, the mountain opens “Kantasy” Night Tubing. It’s everything you love about tubing but, under the stars! On Friday and Saturday nights from 4 to 8 pm on select evenings in December and January, you’ll hear the music cranked up and colorful lights with light up the tubing hill. Choose a two-hour time slot, grab a glow necklace toast a marshmallow and enjoy a snack or frosty drink in Lodge 1.

History

Mt Spokane has been an important gathering place for local Indian people for many years. The Spokane Indian tribe used the summit of the mountain as a spiritual pilgrimage site. Today Mt Spokane is a winter and summer recreational paradise. Mount Spokane got its official name in 1912 from Spokane resident and businessman, Francis H. Cook. The mountain was previously known as Mount Baldy and Mount Carlton. Cook, also of Manito Park’s fame, purchased the mountain’s summit and began building a road to the top in 1909. The road fell short of the summit by just three miles but it was finished in 1912. A small cabin on the mountain was enjoyed by the Cook family until 1926. 

Mount Spokane was dedicated in 1912 and given its name by Cook. This event was attended by Governor Marion E. Hay, the first Miss Spokane (Marguerite Motie), Aubrey L. White and the Cook family. 

Later in 1927, 1500 acres became Mount Spokane State Park and was officially dedicated. During this time, Mount Spokane was the first state park east of the Cascades.

In the 1930s over 500 acres were purchased by the Spokane Ski Club, the Selkirk Ski Club, and the Spokane Mountaineers to use for the construction of lodges, rope-tows, and ski jump hills. These groups advocated for the construction of infrastructure and facilities including a grand lodge that concluded construction in 1940. Unfortunately, the lodge had a short life span due to an electrical fire in 1952. Private contractors constructed the iconic Vista House at the mountain’s summit in 1933. The following year, in 1934, a Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) camp was established in June. The camp was known as Camp Francis Cook and could be found on Beauty Mountain. It could house 200 young CCC enrollees at a time. The camp only operated six months out of the year due to tough winter conditions. The CCC enrollees worked to build roads, trails and picnic areas throughout the park and they are still used today. In 1940, the camp was disbanded. By 1946, Mt Spokane was home to the world’s first double chair lift.

Amazingly enough, the lift was actually a converted ore bucket mining tram, constructed by the Riblet Tramway Company of Spokane. Although it was eventually replaced by the current day Chair #1, the double lift was in service for three seasons. At one point, Chair #1 had the longest vertical rise of any lift in the Pacific Northwest. Today, skiing is still one of the most popular activities in Mount Spokane State Park.

Top