Hike of the Month

Trailhead historical information sign at the Pulaski Tunnel Trail.

Hike the Pulaski Tunnel Trail – Wallace, Idaho

At the time of this writing, the Inland Northwest is facing extreme drought conditions. Extreme heat, early season burn bans, and numerous small wildfires throughout …

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Little Spokane River Natural Area - water surrounded by grasses, cat tails, and trees.

Hike to Rustler’s Gulch at Little Spokane River

A lovely spring hike, located in a portion of the West Branch Little Spokane River Wildlife Area, that’s a lollipop loop with a mix of double- and single-track trails.

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Red, yellow, white, and purple wildflowers on the mountainside of the Pend Oreille River valley in northeast Washington.

The Trailhead: Trail Projects & Plans for May-June 2021

Welcome to The Trailhead — a new column that replaces “Hike of the Month” to serve as a round-up of interesting projects and plans for trails in the Inland Northwest.

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View of rolling green hills of Palouse farmland from the summit from Kamiak Butte.

Hiking Kamiak Butte in Whitman County, Wash.

Kamiak Butte (3,641′ elevation) is the second tallest point in Whitman County and a designated National Natural Landmark. One of four county parks, the butte can have some of the earliest spring wildflowers in March and April, although early season visitors should also be prepared for potentially snowy and icy conditions in shady spots as well as higher on the trail system.

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Light and shadows from Deer Creek Summit SnoPark.

Trekking to Deer Creek Summit

Located in the Kettle River Range of NE Washington, you can snowshoe, cross-country ski, or hike to Deer Creek Summit via South Loop Trail.

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Topographic map of Mount Spokane State park.

Hike the Christmas Tree Loop

Mount Spokane’s Trail 110/140 Loop Those who frequent Washington State Parks are familiar with the way their trails follow a number system and any trail names are …

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A forested mountainside during fall.

New California Creek Trail at Mica Peak

Spokane County, Wash. Construction of California Creek, the main singletrack trail at Mica Peak Conservation Area, just wrapped up at the end of July 2020 in spite of new complications placed on …

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Close-up of a large mountain reflecting off of a lake.

Hike to Leigh Lake in the Cabinet Mountains

Northwest Montana Located just south of Libby, Montana, Leigh Lake is nestled in the shadow of Snowshoe Peak, the tallest mountain in the Cabinet Mountains …

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A closeup of a purple and pink orchid growing amongst moss.

Hiking at McKenzie Conservation Area

Because of the extension of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, I’ve been trying very hard to limit how far I venture from home for recreation. I’ve been spending …

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