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Feeling a little stir-crazy and want to take advantage of the warmer weather we’re having? Looking for a fairly easy day hike you can take the whole family to? If you’re looking for solid, fairly easy hiking in Spokane, we’ve got you covered.
Below, we’ll cover five of the best easy hikes around Spokane for the whole family. We’ve included where these hikes start, what you can expect in terms of how many miles you’ll cover, what the terrain is like, and more.
Note: ‘easy’ is definitely a relative term! What is easy to use may not be as easy to everyone in your family. As much as possible, we’ve included photos or videos below so you can get a feel of the trail for you and your family.
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The Best Trails for Hiking in Spokane
1. Indian Painted Rocks
Where: 5626 W Rutter Parkway, Spokane
What: 3.3 miles nature trail, fairly moderate to easy hiking
Now is the perfect time to hike the Painted Rocks nature trail! The Painted Rocks nature trail is a 3.3 fairly busy nature trail in Spokane. It features a river and plenty of fairly easy, flat hiking. You can park at the trail head, although you will need a Discover Pass to park there.
While the loop is 3.3 miles, you don’t have to walk the whole thing – you can double back if it gets a little long. You will go through some climbing in parts, but when you get to the top of the loop, you’re rewarded with incredible views.
This type of hike in Spokane is best for those looking for a mild hike – good for older folks and younger kids. While it will be busier than other trails, it’s a great trail if you’re just recovering from winter and are a little creaky!
Making this one of the best hiking trails in Spokane, Indian Painted Rocks is rich in history. Some interesting facts about Indian Painted Rocks:
- The rock art at Indian Painted Rocks is from the Native Americans living along the Little Spokane River and were painted over 250 years ago!
- The meaning of the images painted are still up for debate – some people say they depict the European settlers in the area, but others disagree. No one knows for sure – what do you think?
- The rock formation containing the paintings can be found near the Indian Painted Rocks trailhead parking lot. Look for the metal grate protecting the site.
The below video gives you a great idea of what the Painted Rocks trail looks like – you can stop it at minute 4!
2. Bowl and Pitcher Loop Trail
Where: 4427 N Aubrey L White Parkway, Spokane
What: 2 miles, good for all skill levels
Bowl and Pitcher Loop Trail is another excellent option for first-timers, kids, families, and older folks. Considered one of the best hikes in Spokane, Washington, this loop trail has it all!
This loop trail is 2 miles, features a river and is good for all skill levels. It’s also accessible year round and dog-friendly (on leash) so it’s truly a great place to visit with the entire family.
A Discover Pass is required to park near the trailhead, and you can technically start the loop trail at Riverside State Park or near Bowl and Pitcher itself. There is a paved road for running and biking as well as a hiking trail that runs alongside the river.
People recommend sticking with Trail 25, as it parallels the river and offers great views. This trail also offers a lot of shade, which is why it’s one of the best hikes in Spokane, particularly in the summer.
Although the loop is short at only 2.1 miles, you’ll see the river, incredible rocks, and beautiful views of Spokane.
Check out the video below for some gorgeous aerial views of Bowl and Pitcher – this is definitely a ‘must add’ to your hikes in Spokane list!
3. Indian Canyon / Mystic Falls
Where: 4812 W. Canyon Drive, Spokane
What: Less than a mile, although there are a variety of trails. Trail 121 will lead you to the waterfall. There are some inclines and mud at certain times of the year, but otherwise family-friendly
This is another one of the best hiking spots in Spokane, great for the entire family, but be careful because in the spring it can get a little muddy.
There are a variety of trails throughout Mystic Falls, although Trail 121 in particular will lead you to the waterfall. This loop also connects to 102 and 120, which will get you back to the parking lot and help you determine how long or short you want your hike to be.
A Discover Pass is not necessary for Mystic Falls.
The video below will give you a good idea of what you can expect while hiking in Spokane at Mystic Falls, although in the summer you can likely expect less mud!
4. Mirabeau Springs / Mirabeau Point Loop
Where: 2426 N Discovery Pl, Spokane Valley
What: Mirabeau Point Loop specifically is less than 1 mile and fairly easy in incline
If you’re looking for another easy, quick hike, Mirabeau Point Loop in Spokane Valley has you covered! Yes, this is a hiking trail in Spokane Valley, but it’s well worth the drive.
This loop specifically is .9 miles (less than 1 mile!) and is a moderately trafficked, easy loop with gorgeous mountain views.
If you’re looking for a longer hike, there are many more hiking trails in the park. You can certainly do the Point Loop short hike, or go for longer hikes at well-marked trails.
There are also several flat, shady spots for picnicking, so if you think you’ll get hungry or want to make a day of it, pack some snacks!
In addition, these trails are dog-friendly but remember dogs must be leashed and everyone must stay on the path.
In the summer, you can enjoy the Friday Farmer’s Market at Mirabeau Meadows, completing with organic produce, cider, food trucks and more!
A Discover Pass is not needed for Mirabeau Point Park since it is a city park.
Take a look at the video below to see what you can expect at Mirabeau Springs!
5. Iller Creek Trail
Where: 9102 S Stevens Creek Road, Spokane
What: A moderate hike (roughly 5 miles) with various inclines, good for more experienced hikers or hiking family.
Iller Creek Trail, also known as the Iller Creek Conservation Area Trail, is an excellent roughly 5 mile loop near Spokane that features a river and gorgeous views of Spokane Valley.
Iller Creek Trail is definitely among the most gorgeous places for hiking in Spokane. From March until mid-July, expect to see an abundant array of wildflowers plus the seasonal stream.
The hike itself is mostly shaded and overall would not be a difficult hike for people who have hiked a few times before. It is a longer loop (about 5 miles) so do plan on spending a few hours there if you’re the type of hiker who likes to amble.
The best part of Iller Creek? This is one of the top-recommended hikes for new people to Spokane! Whenever we asked people about the best hiking in Spokane, everyone recommended ‘the Rocks of Sharon’… we didn’t know what they meant until we discovered Iller Creek!
The Rocks of Sharon happens to be one of the best outdoor rock climbing destinations in Spokane, but even if you don’t hike, they offer incredible views of the city. It’s definitely Instagram worthy!
Dogs are allowed on this trail, but must be kept on a leash.
A Discover Pass is not required for Iller Creek.
Fun fact about Iller Creek and the Dishman Hills/Glenrose areas: the long-term vision for Glenrose and Iller Creek is to connect the two areas and Dishman Hills Natural Area to create a large, wilderness-like area within 5 miles of downtown Spokane. Pretty cool!
If you want to get an idea of what the hiking at Iller Creek is like, take a look at this excellent walk-through video here (you can keep the sound off):
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