The weather is warming up, and you’re itching to get outside and tackle a few Spokane hikes if you’re like me. As a family photographer specializing in off-the-beaten-path family photos around Spokane, I thought sharing some of my favorite places would be fun.
While there are so many places to go, here are just a few of my favorite Inland Northwest hikes to take in the summer.
Favorite Short” ish” Spokane Hike
Deep Creek is by far my favorite easy access hike around Spokane. Depending on how adventurous you’re feeling, different paths get you to the same place. For an easier day, you can take the paved Centennial Trail straight to Deep Creek in 18 minutes. However, for a longer (more scenic route), jump on the trail system for a diverse ecosystem before coming to the same destination.
Deep Creek has basalt rocks that look like they are from Mars, the Spokane River, aspens, pines, boulders for climbing, and all the animals that inhabit these places.
For all the details on this excellent spot, head to Deep Creek, Riverside State Park.
Best Day Trip Hike – Mt Spokane
I couldn’t have a list of Spokane hikes without talking about Mt Spokane. There isn’t enough space to talk about all of the options for hiking, but trust me, there is something for everyone.
Also, how about the views?!
My favorite trek is lunch at the Vista House while exploring the peak. Then after visiting the summit, heading down to the Upper Kit Carson Rd and traversing the trail system. Bonus? Go at the right time of year, and you’ll be able to find huckleberries dotted along the path.
If you’ve never spent the day exploring Mt Spokane, check this blog post for more details. Mt Spokane All Acess
Close to Spokane Hikes with Views
Admittedly I didn’t get to this spot last year, but Rocks of Sharon is on my list soon! This hike is located just minutes from Spokane on the south hill and offers impressive views of the land below. In a few short miles to the top, you’re greeted by seemingly endless views of the Palouse.
If you’re looking for a summer hike close to Spokane with BIG payoffs, check out Rocks of Sharon.
Butt Burning Spokane Hikes
If you’re looking to strictly hit the trails to burn off some calories, check out the Liberty Lake loop trail in Liberty Lake Regional Park. There are views, gorgeous old-growth trees, and even a waterfall! But it’s not without the need to invest some sweat equity in getting to the top.
I added this one to the list because I think it’s well worth the trip, plus it’s super shaded, making this a great summer hiking option in Spokane when we start getting up there in temps.
However, I don’t recommend bringing super young walkers on this trail as it’s a long and steep hike.
Talking about hikes in Spokane is one of my favorite things. I love grabbing Q and hitting the trails for a day of unplugged fun. One of my favorite places to find more hikes around Spokane is the Spokane Conservation website. These are all free, dog-friendly trails located in our area.
Where is your favorite place to hike in Spokane? Even after living here my whole life, I’m still finding new pockets to explore. Drop me an email at email@example.com with your favorite Spokane hikes.
MB – A Spokane photographer serving families seeking authenticity and connection.